The Inclusion Infusion team of the Riley Institute’s Upstate Diversity Leaders Initiative recognized a need to honor “organizations, programs, and individuals for their contributions in promoting international diversity in the Upstate.” To accomplish this mission, the Infusion Inclusion team organized the International Diversity Leadership Recognition Dinner, which was a “regional evening dinner event to recognize and celebrate good deeds and community service by Upstate individuals and organizations who are leaders in the field of promoting international diversity.”

At the recognition dinner, awards are presented for outstanding achievement in five areas: company/business, organization group (non-profit or service agency), individual, high school student (9-12) and college student. The honorees are recognized as individuals who demonstrate leadership in promoting international diversity in the Upstate area, have strong credibility in the community and are viewed as role models and inspirations to others.