Inspired by the educational successes achieved by one elementary school in Richland Lexington School District Five, a team of the Midlands Spring 2012 Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative (DLI) set out to discover the What, How, and Why of the school's accomplishments. Our objective was to try to identify those things that have enabled this failing school to turn itself around, to begin on its path to success and to achieve undisputable gains, supported by reliable data, unquestionable test scores, and a loyal community of stakeholders.
The DLI team members:
ABOUT THE RILEY INSTITUTE AT FURMAN'S DIVERSITY LEADERS INITIATIVE (DLI)
Recognizing an urgent need for diversity-related programming, the Riley Institute, then in cooperation with the American Institute for Managing Diversity (AIMD), launched a unique program that encouraged community leaders to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the many facets of diversity in our state, including among others, differences in cultural background, language, gender, and physical ability.
Since its inception in 2003 in the Upstate of South Carolina, the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) has operated statewide, with classes in the South Carolina Lowcountry (2005) and Midlands (2006). More than 850 CEOs of corporations, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, non-profit heads, chamber of commerce directors, and community leaders have graduated from the program.