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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.
Per South Carolina State Law, Chapter 31 SECTION 1-31-40, "the Commission shall provide the minority community consisting of African Americans, Native American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, and others with a single point of contact for statistical and technical assistance in the areas of research and planning for a greater economic future;" and "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;"
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs Division examines and addresses socio-economic issues affecting the state's Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The division is vital in helping the Commission achieve its mission of providing constructive solutions and approaches to support the policy and socio-economic development of ethnic minority communities.
The AAPI Advisory Committee is made up of a diverse pool of leaders that can help those seeking assistance in the following languages and dialects: Chinese, Ganese, French, German, Italian, Tagalog, Chavacano, and Hindi.
Internship Available with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs Division
The Commission for Minority Affairs is seeking a temporary administrative coordinator for our Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs (AA/PI) Division. The primary role of this temp-to-hire position will be to serve as the agency’s point of contact with the state’s AA/PI communities and other organizations providing services to these populations. Other duties include, but are not limited to:
If you are interested, submit your resume to Alex Tovar (ATovar@cma.sc.gov). He can also be reached by telephone at (803) 832-8298.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Needs Assessment
We're conducting a survey to address the needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander community in South Carolina. Participants will remain anonymous and data will be kept confidential. If you're AAPI, please take and share this survey. https://bit.ly/sccmasurveyaapi
For the latest information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the links below.
Reimagine Main Street Initiative
The National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) SCCMA conducted a survey to learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting AAPI business owners. National ACE has free consulting for AAPI business owners in need due to COVID-19. View the link to the survey, and National ACE's free business consulting below.
National ACE free business consulting: https://www.acesmallbusiness.org/
The Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship's Reimagine Main Street initiative is conducting a survey to better understand the perceptions of small business owners on vaccines for COVID-19. Click the link to participate in this quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JVNLB8B.