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Riley Institute receives $7,500 grant to support diversity program

September 18, 2012
by Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer

GREENVILLE, S.C.—The Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative at Furman has received a $7,500 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, which is funded by TD Bank.

The DLI encourages community leaders to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by wide-ranging diversity in South Carolina, including among others, differences in cultural background, language, gender, and physical ability.

Chosen by nomination and application, participants in DLI come from all demographic groups and sectors – corporate, nonprofit, faith-based, education, and public officials. Graduates from the program have crafted initiatives addressing nutrition, childhood obesity, transportation, teen pregnancy, literacy, housing, racial issues, and many others.

The DLI operates statewide with classes in the Upstate, Lowcountry and Midlands; and, since its 2003 inception, has graduated more than 1,000 community members.

TD Bank and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.

For more information, contact Megan Dodgens at the Riley Institute, 864-294-3253, or megan.dodgens@furman.edu. For the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative website, click here.

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