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Kerry Black, Summer Fellow, Furman University's Shi Institute Summer Fellowship Program

Kerry is from Greenville, SC and graduated from Furman in 2024. Originally a political science major, Kerry didn’t find his passion for conservation until half way through school. After living in an eco friendly living community called the Greenbelt, he declared sustainability science. Kerry loves spending time outside; some of his favorite memories are fly fishing along the Saluda and camping at Lake Keowee. This is Kerry’s second fellowship with Shi Institute, as this past year he was the student recycling fellow. In that role, he worked closely with Furman Facilities and Furman Eco Reps to coordinate recycling and residential composting for the Furman community. Aside from sustainability, Kerry enjoys being with his friends, cooking, and watching the Buffalo Bills play.
Q&A WITH Kerry

Q: What's your idea of a perfect day in Greenville?

A: My ideal day would be getting to Coffee Underground before they run out of peanut butter pie followed by walking the trails at Conestee Nature Preserve. If you go around dusk, you’ll see a town of bats and fireflies. If you look really closely, you may be able to see an owl!


Q: What's your favorite place on the Reedy?

A: There’s a cove at Falls Park close to East Camperdown Way that you can get to by going down a set of stairs behind the Grand Bohemian. Sometimes the stairs are locked but if my friends get there at the right time, the night lights hit the river and make the trees along the Reedy look really cool!



Q: What is the best vacation you've ever been on, or one that you have upcoming?

A: I really enjoyed spending spring break in Northern Ireland in 2022. It was centered on reflective conflict resolution while traveling Belfast and Londonderry. It was my first time leaving the country; I hope I can go back soon!


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