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The Riley Institute was founded in 1999 at Furman University with the dual objectives of advancing social and economic progress in South Carolina and beyond and providing unmatched opportunities for Furman students.More about the institute
Broadening perspectives around pressing contemporary policy issues, the Riley Institute hosts expert speakers and scholars on the university’s campus as well as across South Carolina. Hundreds of expert speakers have spoken at Riley Institute events since its founding in 1999.Make Plans to Join Us
The Riley Institute’s Center for Diversity Strategies recognizes excellence in diversity leadership and equips leaders and community stakeholders with the tools needed to harness the power of diversity in their organizations and communities, drive positive change, and enhance the economic and civic vitality of South Carolina.Learn more
The Institute’s research consultancy promotes evidence-informed practices and policies and supports entities that serve children and families across the state. It provides external research and evaluation services, serves as an evaluation partner, and helps organizations build strategic learning skills.Learn More
The Riley Institute’s Center for Education Policy and Leadership supports and recognizes highly effective and innovative approaches to public education, from afterschool and summer learning to public school Montessori, that drive better and more equitable outcomes for all the people of South Carolina and beyond.Learn More
For students wanting to become thought leaders, learning from one of the 20th Century’s top presidential cabinet members is not a bad place to start. The Riley Institute cultivates leaders among students and broadens perspectives about issues critical to progress in South Carolina and beyond.Get Involved
Riley-Wilkins Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards
On January 10 in Columbia, join us in celebrating principled leaders who help drive sustained social and economic progress in South Carolina.
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FOR INFORMATION: Katie Quine Marketing and Communications Manager The Riley Institute at Furman University 864.294.3368; firstname.lastname@example.org OCTOBER 25, 2022 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CLEMSON UNIVERSITY TEACHER RESIDENCY PROGRAM WINS RILEY INSTITUTE STATEWIDE AWARD The program was...Continue Reading >
September 29, 2022 Fellows of the South Carolina Afterschool Leaders Empowered (SCALE), a program of the Riley Institute, traveled to Maryland this summer to learn about the art-integration approach developed for the Summer Arts for...Continue Reading >
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley to announce winner of the $10,000 award at a celebratory luncheon honoring the finalists on October 25.Continue Reading >