Since 1850, the histories of Furman and Greenville have been intertwined. Today, Greenville and Furman share a sense of civic pride and duty to help and serve others. Through our civic engagement efforts, we aim to improve quality of life, sustain economic vitality, and lead research and conversation around important civic issues.
Furman University’s Riley Institute broadens student and community perspectives about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. Through its speaker forums, diversity strategies, and public education work, it builds and engages present and future leaders, creates and shares data-supported information about the state’s core challenges, and links the leadership body to sustainable solutions.
Launched in 1999, the Institute collaborates with an extensive network of experts and organizations across South Carolina and the nation. It is named for former South Carolina Governor and former United States Secretary of Education Richard W. (Dick) Riley. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. Connect with the Riley Institute.
Shi Center for Sustainability
Established in 2008, the Shi Center for Sustainability has evolved into a powerful think tank where educators, students, and community leaders can work together and explore the most complex issues of sustainability. The center partners with numerous Greenville nonprofits, higher education consortiums, and corporations. Connect with the Shi Center.