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Diversity Recruitment Consortium (DRC)

About the Diversity Recruitment Consortium (DRC)

South Carolina is home to many national and global businesses seeking diverse professional talent for their organizations. Often this talent is deterred from relocating to the state due to the perception that South Carolina is not inclusive or progressive. This negative image hinders the economic development necessary for the state to thrive.

During Diversity Leaders Initiative programs, Riley Institute staff noted this recurring theme and concern  from participants. Through many discussions, the idea evolved that a concerted group of organizations would be more effective at presenting a fair picture of lifestyle in the state than that which is possible with any single organization. Hence, an effort was launched to bring together organizations to better explore this idea and attempt to formalize it into programs, initiatives and actions.

The Diversity Recruitment Consortium (DRC) is a group of organizations led by three sponsors – The Riley Institute at Furman, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Greenville Chamber of Commerce – working together to collectively develop innovative programs, practices and processes to increase the diversity of professional and executive talent in South Carolina-based organizations. Where traditional methods of recruitment may fail to adequately address candidate reservations about moving to the state, the DRC uses a more sophisticated recruitment style which offers a broader understanding of what our state has to offer for individual careers and lifestyle opportunities. The three sponsoring organizations and Founding Members have dedicated substantial time and resources to help bring the DRC concept to life. The Greenville Chamber of Commerce serves as the primary facilitator of DRC programs and activities, along with the State Chamber of Commerce and its Diversity Committee, which provided seed resources to launch critical programs. Nika White, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, is the lead facilitator of programmatic activities; in partnership with Cliff Bourke, chairman of the State Chamber’s Diversity Committee and President of the South Carolina Diversity Foundation.

DRC Member Organizations and individual members have access to special designated programs that leverage the critical mass of participating organizations to support the success of each Member’s recruitment and retention efforts. In addition to the designated programs, DRC members will have access to a database of ambassador volunteers to support recruitment and retention through ad hoc activities such as taking candidates to lunch, dinner, on community tours or simply having a cup of coffee and answering a candidate’s questions.

DRC Resources

DRC Information Packet

DRC Social Media Sites:

• Twitter: @DRCSC_
• Facebook:
• YouTube:

For more information, contact:

Nika White, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
24 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864.239.3727; Fax: 864.282.8509

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