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The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs was created in 1993 by the General Assembly to provide the citizens of the State with a single point of contact for information regarding the State’s minority population.

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs was created to:

– Provide the minority community, consisting of African Americans, Native American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians and others with a single point of contact for statistical data and technical assistance in the areas of research and planning for a greater economic future; 

– Work with officials on the state, county and local levels of government in disseminating statistical data and determining its impact on their constituencies;

– Provide for publication of a statewide statistical abstract on minority affairs;

— Provide statistical analyses for members of the General Assembly on the status of minority communities as the State experiences economic growth and changes;

— Establish advisory committees representative of minority groups as deemed appropriate to advise  the Commission;

— Act as liaison with the business community to provide programs and opportunities for minorities;

— Research the causes and effects of minority socioeconomic deprivation in the State;

— Seek federal and other funding on behalf of the State of South Carolina for the express purpose of implementing various programs and services for African Americans, Native American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, and other minority groups; and

— Promulgate regulations as may be necessary to carry out the State Recognition process of Native American Indian entities in the State of South Carolina.

The SC Commission for Minority Affairs provides services in the following areas:

  • Information and Referral
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Technical Assistance
  • Capacity Building
  • Cultural Diversity Training
  • Minority Population Specific Training
  • Organizational Development
  • Business Development
  • State Recognition for Native American Entities

The SC Commission of Minority Affairs has programs in place designed to support the state’s minority groups and community needs.  Visit the links provided below to learn more about these program areas.

The Commission seeks to focus on eight areas that contribute directly to poverty in South Carolina and thus are significant to the state’s minority population.  These areas include:

– Fragile Families

– Education Deprivation

– Joblessness

– Lack of Community/Economic Development

– Lack of Small and Minority Businesses

– Lack of Wealth Creation

– Poor Health Status and Care

– Disproportionate Minority Incarceration