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Racial Issues

The Mind Builders

“Call me Mister Success”

A recent report calls the achievement by African American males in the United States a 'national catastrophe'. The study states that African American males continue to perform lower than their peers throughout the country, no matter what the measure. One specific area pointed out in the study is education.

The Next Generation

Members of the Next Generation decided to take on the lack of diversity management curriculum in education. In order to create a dialogue about diversity management in education, the Next Generation created a website, www.teachdiversity.org. As the project evolved, the group added to the website the following: recognition of award-winning programs in promoting diversity in education; lesson plans on diversity; books, videos and resources on diversity in education; grant opportunities; and conferences on diversity.

The P.O.M.B. Squad

The P.O.M.B. Squad focused on the participation of women and minorities on high-profile boards in Upstate South Carolina. Team members analyzed the representation of women and minorities on nine boards with significant social and economic impact and found that the representation of women and minorities on these nine boards was not an accurate representation of the demographic composition of the Upstate. Additionally, the P.O.M.B. Squad concluded that steps needed to be taken towards expanding the number of women and minorities represented on these boards.

The Sixth Sense

Upstate Diversity Connections was formed to provide a forum for sustaining the enthusiasm and expertise of the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative graduates once they have completed their formal diversity course requirements. The inaugural event was held November 28th, 2007, at Michelin. Former Secretary of Education Dick Riley and several local leaders spoke about their experiences in diversity management. Brock Koonce and Greenville Forward have agreed to sustain the effort and to host all subsequent events.

Trailblazers

The Mary Black Rail Trail is a multi- use trail that runs through Spartanburg County. The group plans to utilize the Mary Black Rail Trail in order to build community and celebrate diversity. The goal is to celebrate some of the positive things that are already happening in Spartanburg – successes, history and where the community is going. Thirty percent of people who use the Rail Trail are minorities. The focus will be on this area because the trail brings people of different backgrounds together.

2025 Diversity Road

Members of the 2025 Diversity Road team focused on initiating discussions among elected city and county officials about community relations in terms of diversity. Members used a model community in terms of race, age, and gender. In studying a workforce composition, members found a disparity of minorities in the work force compared to their population percentages. Members also focused on community tensions that might present a problem when looking at population and diversity.

Voices of Diversity

Many people believe poetry is relegated solely to academics or to those possessing a specific artistic disposition.  But because everyone has a story to tell, the Voices of Diversity team is convinced anyone can become a poet. Through the writing and telling of our own unique stories, we can better know and understand ourselves, and others in our community.  

Walking with the Doc

The GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21-mile multi-use trail that extends from Greenville to Travelers Rest. The beauty of the trail is that it affords all residents – no matter their age, race, or athletic ability – the opportunity to get fit and be active. However, research shows that less than 10% of Swamp Rabbit Trail users are non-white. This is especially troubling given that physical inactivity is a leading cause of chronic diseases like heart disease, which minorities are already at greater risk of developing.