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Emerging Diversity Leaders

Thanks to a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, in 2016 the Riley Institute’s Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) will add a second cohort of 12 – 15 high school students and permanently change its curriculum to bring a special focus to leading in our increasingly diverse state. This second cohort of students are the Emerging Diversity Leaders (EDL). 

EDL and EPL are nine-month diversity-focused service leadership experiences for rising high school seniors. The programs are offered free of charge to participants and begin with a week-long summer program convening on the Furman campus. The new curriculum teaches participants how to lead in diverse settings, engage in the community, analyze critical issues, lead ethically, communicate and present effectively, and plan for the implementation of a community service project.

The programs are almost identical, with some differences in how service projects are focused and managed. EDL community service projects will be diversity-focused and students will receive support from alumni of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative (DLI) program, as well as from Riley Institute staff members and EPL alumni. Both programs will incorporate new and permanent curriculum changes that will include sessions that address leadership in diverse settings, the importance of different perspectives when making decisions, and how valuing and understanding differences among each other leads to a stronger South Carolina. 

Students will return to campus the following spring to present their projects. Each project’s impact is magnified by the number of fellow students, school administrators and community members that students involve in their planning and implementation. 

To learn more about EPL and EDL, please click here.