If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more, you are a leader. 

John Quincy Adams

Small town USA isn’t extinct; it’s merely resting for its heyday!

The USC Salkehatchie Leadership Institute (SLI) was established in to help stimulate economic development in the rural areas it serves—Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Jasper, Beaufort and Hampton counties.  To fulfill that purpose, we invest in our community members and empower them with the knowledge and skills needed to cultivate progress within our region.

Our Vision

The USC Salkehatchie Leadership Institute envisions a community rich with opportunities. Since its inception in 1998, SLI has delivered a wide variety of programs and services. These programs have increased leadership capacity, assisted current and prospective small business owners, fostered the formation of regional organizations such as Salkehatchie Arts, and provided workforce development services to students in grades K-12. The overall impact of these programs is a consistent, positive pressure on economic development in the Salkehatchie region.

Our Approach

Supporting USC Salkehatchie Students
  • Career Services
  • Leadership Workshops
  • Graduation with Leadership Distinction assistance
Strengthening our Community
  • Leadership Colleton
  • Leadership Salkehatchie
  • County and Regional Outreach
Investing in our Future
  • STEM Camps
  • STEAM Camps
  • Internships
  • University of Possibilities
  • Nuclear Science Week