February 9, 2015

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina senior research director selected for prestigious Diversity Leaders Initiative

The senior research director of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D, is one of 38 leaders from across the South Carolina Midlands selected to participate in the eighth class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application.

“We are very proud Stephanie was selected to participate, she is a gifted leader recognized by colleagues across the state,” said Tom Keith, foundation president.  

Poised to join more than 1,400 Riley Fellows, Cooper-Lewter will meet with class members over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants. As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects.

“DLI and the Riley Fellows have matured into a potent force to help move South Carolina forward,” said Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “The members of this class will add considerably to the conversations and lasting partnerships that form among Riley fellows and it is the strength of these bonds that truly produces progress across the state.”

At the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Cooper-Lewter researches issues faced by families experiencing poverty in South Carolina and engages statewide audiences through listening sessions. She leads the foundation’s immigrant families initiative and kinship care initiative, both of which were launched in 2014. A prior nonprofit president and CEO, she also coaches grantees. She is active with the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, the Southeastern Council of Foundations and serves on the national board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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