Adela Mendoza is the executive director of the Hispanic Alliance Network. Contributed photo
The 14th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner -- hosted by the Greenville Chamber, the Riley Institute at Furman University, and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce -- was held May 24 to honor individuals and organizations for promoting diversity Upstate.
“The Greenville Chamber is honored to work alongside the Riley Institute at Furman to celebrate and honor the diversity champions in the Upstate working tirelessly to build an inclusive community,” Greenville Chamber President/CEO Carlos Phillips said. “We are thrilled to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of these leaders, and hope it inspires others to ensure our region is an inclusive place where businesses succeed and people prosper.”
Seven individuals and organizations were awarded during the event.
Jim Dant of First Baptist Church received the Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual award. He is the author of This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians.
Adahlia Nix received the Outstanding College Student award. She is the founder of the “For Frankie” free laundry service, where homeless and low-income individuals can wash their clothes and mingle with the shop’s volunteers.
Charlotte Capers Snoad received the Outstanding High School Student award. The senior at Mauldin High School is an advocate of justice and equality for women and the LGBTQ community. She helped establish a Girls Leadership Conference and a nonprofit called EmpowHER.
Adela Mendoza received the Outstanding Contribution to International Diversity award. She became the statewide program manager for the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network in 2009 and is the executive director of the Hispanic Alliance Network.
GE received the Outstanding Business award. The company initiated the “Balance the Equation” campaign that encourages women in technical roles. GE also invests in female students and encourage them to pursue STEM careers.
Monaview Elementary School is the recipient of K-12 School: William “Bill” T. Wylie Valued Lives Award for School Excellence in Diversity award. The school has provided professional development for its staff focusing on family engagement and created A Parent Resource Room to provide parents learning tools to help them learn English. A Hispanic psychiatrist is also available to provide parents information and workshops after school.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas is awarded the Outstanding Nonprofit Organization. The school offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medical degree and aims to prepare globally minded, community-focused physicians in serving rural and medically underserved populations.