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Student Testimonials

Anna Hicks '24

“Being a part of the Advance Team has given me so many fantastic opportunities to network and gain professional experience in the realm of politics. My time with this team has been such a positive part of my experience at Furman and has challenged me to never shy away from having conversations about critical issues. I would highly recommend the Advance Team to any student at Furman!”

Michael Peeler '24

“There's no group at Furman that informs students about the politics of the current moment better than the Advance Team. I've loved my time on it, getting to learn from other students, talk with policymakers, and engaging with local governance. I can heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to be an active, educated citizen.”

Abby Mathai '21

“The Advance Team has provided an outlet for me to forge meaningful connections alongside some of the most thoughtful critical thinkers I have had the pleasure of knowing. The Advance Team has challenged me to never settle for ‘good enough’ in the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and change in our communities. I will carry that with me beyond my time at Furman.”

Free Markets, Free Speech

Members of the 2021-2022 Advance Team at their event "Free Markets, Free Speech: Social Media and Censorship in the Twenty-First Century" with speakers Nu Wexler and Meliah Bowers Jefferson. Advance Team Lead Price St. Clair opening the event.

Greenville: Revitalized or Gentrified

Members of the 2022-2023 Advance Team with speakers from their event, "Greenville: Revitalized or Gentrified," including Greenville Mayor Knox White. Advance Team Lead Madison Wyman opening the event.

South Carolina Supreme Court at Furman

Members of the 2023-2024 Advance Team meet with the South Carolina Supreme Court Justices at a breakfast reception before the justices hear cases in McAlister Auditorium. Advance Team member Blake Harris is introduced to former Secretary of Education Dick Riley by Justice Kittredge.

China’s Global Rise

Members of the 2023-2024 Advance Team with speakers from "China's Global Rise: Managing U.S-China Relations in a New Era." (Left to Right) Dr. Yanzhong Haung, Margaret Lewis, Kaiser Kuo, Ambassador Craig Allen, Jan Berris, and Admiral Dennis Blair. Advance Team member Alex Aradas speaks with Kaiser Kuo at a pre-event luncheon.

StraightTalk 2023: Our Fragile Democracy

Members of the 2023-2024 Advance Team with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger at "StraightTalk 2023: Our Fragile Democracy."

Past Advance Team Events

Members of the 2018-2019 Advance Team at their event with Ray Hinton, author of "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row."

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