USC Upstate News

Nonprofit Majors Gain Experience at American Humanics Conference

03- 01- 2010

Spartanburg, S.C. - Five American Humanics students from the University of South Carolina Upstate participated in the American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI), held January 3 - 6 in Phoenix, Ariz. USC Upstate AH Campus Director John Long accompanied students Kathy Buckson, Victoria Escudero, Clifton Reaves, Jekeithlyn Ross, and LD Thompson.

2010 AHMI“I thought the speakers were motivational and encouraging; and the workshops I attended were educationally rewarding,” said Kathy Buckson, a junior nonprofit administration major.

She added:  “The highlight of the institute for me was the case study I selected to attend. I enjoyed the hands-on experience of meeting and discussing with the organization what improvements can be done to improve their mission as well as attract new donors. I left AHMI with a feeling of accomplishment and am looking forward to attending the 2011 Institute in Orlando.”

The American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI) is an intensive educational symposium established by American Humanics in 1973. AHMI provides the capstone experience for nonprofit majors earning AH Certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. The interactive format of the Institute exposes the next generation of nonprofit leaders to the realistic experiences of a nonprofit organization. It is a unique opportunity for AH students to network with nonprofit executives, participate in case studies and a national collegiate dialogue, attend workshops led by experts in nonprofit studies and participate in interviews for nonprofit professional positions. More than 800 AH students, alumni, faculty, nonprofit executives and volunteers attended this educational symposium in nonprofit studies, making it one of the most attended conferences in its history.

Keynote speakers and presenters included Raul Yzaguirre, ED & Presidential Professor of Practice, Center for Community Development and Civil Rights and Ambassador to the Dominican Republic; Lynn Luckow, president and CEO of Craigslist Foundation; Robert Egger, founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen; and Todd Hornback, director of Community Life at DMB Inc. and AHMI 2010 Host Committee Co-Chair.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. Founded in 1948, it is affiliated with more than 62 colleges and universities nationwide including USC Upstate, and partners with more than 60 national nonprofit organizations including March of Dimes, YMCA, and Girl Scouts of the USA.

Contact Professor John Long for more information about the nonprofit administration major at USC Upstate at (864) 503-5241 or jtlong@uscupstate.edu.