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All Programs

Scroll below for brief introductions to a range of the Riley Institute dynamic programs —
from education to diversity to legislative leadership and more.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Students and educators from Mexico, the United States and other APEC member economies are invited to participate in APEC meetings through the program, “Voices of the Future for APEC.” To date, Furman students are the only U.S. undergraduates invited to the yearly gathering with the Pacific Rim government and business leaders.


Center for Education Policy and Leadership

Established in 2005 with a grant from the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation Inc., the Center for Education Policy and Leadership of the Riley Institute at Furman works to promote discussion, analysis, and understanding of important issues in the field of education policy. The Center’s goal is to make a difference in education by working to inform the public of issues and problems in critical areas and by bringing together the stakeholders in education in order to effect change.


Diversity Leaders Initiative

Recognizing an urgent need for diversity-related programming, the Riley Institute launched a unique program that encouraged community leaders to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the many facets of diversity in our state, including among others, differences in cultural background, language, gender, and physical ability. 


Emerging Public Leaders

Leadership is a trait acquired over time through experiences, knowledge, mentoring and skill development. That's why we've created a week packed with experiences that enable students to gain the confidence, motivation, information and skills necessary to become leaders in both domestic- and international-policy arenas.


South Carolina United

Since its inception in 2007, South Carolina United has provided a unique three day experience that brings each year’s new Hollingsworth scholars together for a time of community building with their fellow scholars, leadership development for a diverse society, and exploration of issues pertinent to all South Carolinians.


Teachers of Government

The Richard W. Riley Summer Institute for Teachers of Government is a week-long summer institute for high school and middle school teachers of government.  Participants spend a week in Washington, D.C. meeting with government officials, politicians, non-governmental activists and members of education policy-making agencies. This experience provides teachers the combination of intensive learning, networking and exposure to decision makers that is designed to increase their knowledge and expand useful contacts of teachers which both support improved teaching skills.


U.S./China Executive Institute

In a joint effort between the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership and the Center for Corporate and Professional Development at Furman University, the United States-China Executive Institute was created.


Wilkins Legislative Leadership Program

In a time of great partisan divide and unprecedented challenges, legislative leadership is critical to South Carolina’s future.The Riley Institute promotes leadership through its Wilkins Legislative Leadership Program. This three-pronged program includes an annual award dinner, a semester-long fellowship opportunity for students, and an endowed professorship to cultivate understanding of state legislative issues.