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CMA Session with AMBE

CMA Sessions “Technical Training” with Victor Burgos and Frances Vega from AMBE (Advance Manufacturing Bilingual Educators)

In the next episode of CMA Sessions, Victor Burgos and Frances Vega from AMBE (Advance Manufacturing Bilingual Educators) discuss opportunities in Trade, the importance of technical certifications and how an entry level position in trade/manufacturing can assist you with quality income while attending college or developing your career. They also explore how being bilingual/bicultural can exponentially increase your chances for success. This session will premiere on Wednesday, October 6 at 12 noon (English) and 1:00 PM (Spanish) at the Commission for Minority Affairs' Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southcarolinaminorityaffairs/.

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 Spanish, and air on Facebook.

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SC Commission for Minority Affairs to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Social Media Campaign to Highlight Hispanic/Latino Culture and History

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (SCCMA) will celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture and history through its Celebra La Herencia Hispana social media campaign.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity for us to honor the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos and their impact on society,” said Dr. Delores Dacosta, Executive Director for the SC Commission for Minority Affairs. “It’s important that we recognize these heritage months so that everyone has the opportunity to learn about their rich history.”

The campaign, which was organized by the agency’s Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division, will feature recipes, historical figures, languages, and music from Afro Latino and Indigenous communities.

Messages will be posted to the agency’s Facebook (@southcarolinaminorityaffairs) and Instagram (@sccfma) pages through October 15.

For more information, contact the SC Commission for Minority Affairs at 803-333-9621.

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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 https://forms.gle/A3sXPAWCkDy5Db219

For more information, contact Ivan Segura at 803-995-8518 or isegura@cma.sc.gov.

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.

CMA Sessions with Vera

CMA Sessions: Your Story, Your Career

In this episode of CMA Sessions, you'll hear from Vera Gómez, a habitual border-crosser between her American upbringing and Mexican heritage, a performance poet, teaching poet, and a markets communications specialist, on how students and young professionals can use their experience being a Hispanic/Latino to develop their personal narrative for the purpose of career advancement. View the episode: English | Spanish

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 Spanish, and air on Facebook.

To view past episodes of CMA Sessions, visit CMA's Facebook page.

CMA sessions will continue in the upcoming weeks with topics of interest to students and young professionals leading up to the agency’s inaugural SC 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. To register for the summit, visit https://bit.ly/latinxstudentsummit.

 

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 isegura@cma.sc.gov. En español

 

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The SC Commission for Minority Affairs, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, PASOs and Hispanic Alliance have formed a statewide working group of individuals, organizations and businesses serving the Latinx and immigrant communities in SC. The purpose of the work group is to coordinate and share information and resources available to families responding to the COVID-19 crisis. 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 isegura@cma.sc.gov or Louise Popock at LPocock@scjustice.org.

 

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.