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Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15, and this year's campaign will be called CMA Around Town! The purpose of this campaign is to expand our outreach to areas that aren't in our neck of the woods, like Walhalla, Summerville, Ridgeland, Aiken, and more! We want to bring awareness to the local Hispanic communities living in areas that are often overlooked compared to other areas of the state and showcase their vibrant and active Hispanic community. More details about this campaign will be coming soon, so keep an eye out on our feed in the next couple of weeks; we might be in your city next!

2022 Calendar of Hispanic Heritage Month Events / 2022 Governor's Proclamation 


PLACE: Pathways for Latinx to Advance Career and Education

P.L.A.C.E. Network







The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Hispanic Latino Affairs Division launched a new initiative called P.L.A.C.E. (Pathways for Latinxs to Advance Career and Education) to facilitate the careers and education of young professionals and students in South Carolina. Latinx students and young professionals will have the opportunity to learn about their shared experiences and available resources in their area. PLACE provides a platform where participants can network, interchange ideas, share resources as well as develop a sense of pride and belonging as a young Latinx in South Carolina.

Help the next generation of Latinx leaders by becoming a PLACE Partner. A PLACE partner can be an undergraduate student, a professional or entrepreneur. You can invest as much time as you want in helping your community by -- for example -- guiding someone through the college entrance process or giving advice or informally translating or interpreting for someone.

Become a mentor, speak or volunteer today. Sign up to be a PLACE partner here.


Latinx Student Summit Icon

SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division to host the first ever South Carolina Latinx Student Summit at USC Upstate’s South Carolina Centro Latino

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic Latino Affairs Division will host the inaugural South Carolina Latinx Student Summit at USC Upstate’s South Carolina Centro Latino. This event will be held at USC Upstate (800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303) on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Julio C. Hernandez, Clemson University’s Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence & Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach, will deliver the keynote address. The summit also includes remarks from Araceli Hernandez-Laroche, PhD, Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Director of South Carolina Centro Latino at USC Upstate, and Ivan Segura, Program Manager for the Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division at the SC Commission for Minority Affairs.

The Latinx Student Summit is an initiative of the Commission’s Pathways for Latinos to Advance Career and Education (PLACE) Program, which is designed to collaborate efforts among educators, professionals and community organizations seeking to connect Latinx students and young professionals across the state. The ultimate goal is to foster educational development and career advancement.

PLACE creates a network of Latinx students and young professionals to learn through their shared experiences and available resources, and the activities are determined by the unique needs and goals of these individuals. PLACE provides a networking and brainstorming platform where ideas are interchanged, resources are shared, and a sense of pride and belonging is cultivated amongst South Carolina’s Latinx youth.  

Admission to the South Carolina Latinx Student Summit is free, however, in-person attendance is limited. Those unable to attend in-person are invited to view the summit’s live broadcast on the Commission’s Facebook page (@southcarolinaminorityaffairs).

To register for the Latinx Student Summit, visit

For more information, contact Ivan Segura at 803-995-8518 or

About the SC Latinx Student Summit Icon:

Designed by Dre Lopez, the icon used for the SC Latinx Student Summit is of a butterfly which symbolizes change, evolution, growth and forward movement.  “Both in the now for so many, as well as in ancient times to our many indigenous ancestors,” Lopez said. The style of drawing itself is directly inspired by Aztec drawings and carvings.

All the symbology included in the illustration have to do with movement, change, growth, evolution, and transformation. The Crescent moon represents the Flag of South Carolina, as well as the Aztec god and goddess of the moon. The icon also includes references to plants, nature, the wind, water, and life / creation, death and new beginnings. Within the plants, the main anchor for the whole piece is the state’s official tree, the Sabal palmetto. The colors add a youthful energy to the design.


COVID-19 Action Plan

SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division Launches COVID-19 Action Plan for Agricultural Workers and Latinos Living in Rural SC

The SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division has launched the COVID-19 Action Plan for Agricultural Workers and Latinos Living in Rural SC. This action plan calls for collaborative efforts among state agencies, organizations, services providers, and community leaders/brokers to ensure COVID-19 information, materials, testing and vaccinations effectively reach this segment of the population.

The SC Department of Employment and Workforce’s Agricultural Outreach Plan projects the agricultural workforce need for South Carolina at approximately 12,750 workers. This total includes approximately 6,300 migrant and seasonal farm workers and 6,270 H–2A visa holders. The peak season is from April to September.

The fastest growing segment of many rural communities in South Carolina is the Hispanic population. According to the US Census data, the estimated number of Latinos living in rural areas is 23,395.  There are 16 SC Counties that meet the three definitions used by the Federal Government to define Rural: Hampton, Colleton, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Orangeburg, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Marion, Dillon, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Lee, McCormick, Abbeville, Newberry, Cherokee, and Oconee.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled and intensified severe and pervasive health inequities among minority communities. Agricultural workers and individuals living in rural areas face challenges and barriers in accessing health and social services. Issues of trust and immigration-related fears add stress to the already complex interactions in a health care system that is not prepared to effectively meet the language, cultural, or navigation barriers experienced by this population.

  • Addressing the needs of agricultural workers and Latinos living in South Carolina during this pandemic is both a moral imperative and pragmatic strategy. Our action plan includes activities designed to ensure information, testing and vaccines reach this segment of the population despite foreseen barriers and difficulties. Our action plan is constantly adapting and includes the following activities:
  • Strengthen the working relationship with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Employment and Workforce, South Carolina Department of Education Migrant Education Program, SC Department of Agriculture and other state agencies entrusted with providing information and resources to agricultural workers and Latinos living in rural areas. 
  • Assisting state agencies and service providers to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate materials and resources to reach out to this specific segment of our population.
  • Furthering collaborative efforts with state agencies, organizations, coalitions, Latino media and individuals assisting the agricultural worker community and Latinos in rural South Carolina to foster coordinated outreach efforts and sharing of information and resources.
  • Fostering the participation of faith-based leaders/organizations in all activities related to keeping this community informed and aware of services and opportunities to receive information, testing and/or vaccination.
  • Establishing effective communication channels for community leaders/brokers, organizations and agencies to provide feedback regarding specific needs from the community they serve and to establish additional needed items for the action plan.
  • Offering cultural sensitivity training to state agencies, service providers and organizations in working with the agricultural worker community.
  • Influencing State Government and decision makers to ensure adequate materials and vaccines are available for this segment of the population.

If you are a service provider interested in joining the COVID-19 Action Plan for Agricultural Worker and Latinos Living in Rural SC, please enter your information on our COVID-19 Statewide Workgroup for Latinx and Immigrant Communities directory. Make sure to select you are providing services to farmworkers and/or in rural areas. You can also contact Ivan Segura, Program Manager for the Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division at 803-995-8518 or En español

Photo of a blue banner saying "statewide working group for latinx and immigrant communities"

The SC Commission for Minority Affairs has formed a statewide working group of individuals, organizations and businesses serving the Latinx and immigrant communities in South Carolina. The purpose of the work group is to coordinate and share information and resources available across the state. The group created a Directory of Service Providers to facilitate the process of finding resources, sharing information and promoting networking.

If you, or your organization, are assisting the Latinx/immigrant community, or if you want to start helping, please complete the form! To ensure an accurate database, please complete all information. For more information, contact Ivan Segura at


CMA Sessions Highlights Community Leaders on Different Topics of Interest for Minority Communities

CMA Sessions are a series of educational conversations, webinars and workshops to present information, resources and development opportunities. Presenters at the CMA Sessions include community activists, educators, social workers and experts on different areas of interest for minority communities in South Carolina. CMA Sessions are presented in English and/or Spanish, and air on Facebook. Click to view past episodes