The Riley Institute

Named for two-time South Carolina governor and former U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley, Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute advances social and economic progress in South Carolina and beyond by building leadership for a diverse society, hosting expert speakers to broaden perspectives on critical issues, supporting public education, and creating knowledge through community solutions-focused research.

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39 Lowcountry leaders graduate from the Riley Institute’s award-winning diversity program

Thirty-nine leaders from across the Lowcountry have new tools and perspectives to leverage diversity to improve organizational outcomes and drive social and economic progress in South Carolina, gained through their participation in the Riley Institute’s...

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Riley Fellows in the News: December 15, 2021

Read the latest updates about Riley Fellows career changes, board and commission appointments, professional honors, and more.

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34 Public Media Leaders Graduate from National Diversity Program

Last week, 34 public media professionals from across the country were part of the second class to graduate from the Public Media Diversity Leaders Initiative (PMDLI), a program of the Riley Institute at Furman University.

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