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Participants selected as Riley Diversity Fellows

Staff Report //February 1, 2018//

Participants selected as Riley Diversity Fellows

Staff Report //February 1, 2018//

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Forty-two people from the Upstate and surrounding area have been selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative this spring.

Class members are identified through a process that includes a nomination, application and interview. Individuals are selected to join the class based on their capacity to impact their organizations and communities, according to a news release.

“Though we are a diverse population, discovering ways in which differences can be a strength in our organizations is of utmost importance as we seek to grow and support a thriving economy and rich culture,” said Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute, in the release.

Over the course of five months, participants learn about diversity and inclusion blind spots and how to suspend assumptions. Participants will also work in small, cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through service projects. The classes are facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president.

In addition to the Upstate, classes are selected annually in the Midlands and Lowcountry. Each class is crafted to reflect the diverse demographics in South Carolina, the release said.

“We now have more than 1,900 Riley Fellows statewide. Each new class further extends the reach and impact of leaders willing to work together to make South Carolina a better place to live and work for all its residents,” said Gordon.

The full list of participants is online