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Visiting Dignitaries

The Global Visitors Center at Furman, established in October 2011, designs and implements professional programs, provides cultural activities, and offers home hospitality for foreign leaders, specialists and scholars participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchanges.

June 15 - 18, 2014: Diversity in Employment: Vocational Training and Apprenticeships, Greenville SC.

A delegation of Israeli leaders, sponsored by the US Department of State, participated in a series of meetings at The Riley Institute in early June. These delegates are working to provide minority sectors within Israeli society - including Ultra-Orthodox, Israeli Arab and Bedouin populations - with the ability and skills to advance within the workforce.  Their overarching goal is to promote labor diversity and economic empowerment for minority and underserved communities.

While in the Greenville area, they took a private tour of the Civil Rights exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. They also toured Furman University, where they met with Riley Institute leadership to discuss initiatives related to education and diversity in the workforce, in particular the Institute’s work with the New Tech Network and the Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. They have site visits with Apprenticeship Carolina at the Bosch Rexroth Robotics Apprenticeship program in Fountain Inn and Piedmont Technical College’s Apprenticeship program.

Delegates remarked that Greenville was definitely the highlight of their trip to the United States due to the unmatched level of apprenticeship programs through Apprenticeship Carolina.

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February 9 - 15, 2012: the Global Visitors Center hosted a delegation from India whose main emphasis was:

  • Exploring the diversity of the non-profit sector in the U.S. and the dynamic relationships and cooperation among business, universities and non-governmental organizations;
  • Examining the nature of public-private partnerships between non-profit organizations and the government and private sectors;

  • Learning more about NGO best practices in organizational management, outreach, professional advocacy, and fundraising; and
  • Familiarizing participants with the array of American non-governmental organizations and the targeted work they do.

For this group's complete itinerary and biographies, click here.

September 6 - 8, 2012: the Center hosted dignitaries from Angola, Argentina, Australia, Croatia, India, Palestinian Territories, Peru and the Ukraine. This group's main emphasis was:

  • Demonstrating the importance of the arts (visual, performance, or literary) as a platform for engagement and a vehicle for multi-cultural understanding within U.S. communities;
  • Examining arts education in the U.S. and the artistic expressions fostered by community arts organizations (public and private) to inspire social change and celebrate the richness of a multi-cultural society; and
  • Exploring the geographic, ethnic, and religious diversity of the U.S. population and how innovative arts programming can be instrumental in managing conflicts, personal and community healing, and promoting peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding.

View this group's itinerary and biographies