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The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Hispanic Latino Affairs Division launched a new initiative called P.L.A.C.E. (Pathways for Latinos to Advance Career and Education) to facilitate the careers and education of young professionals and students in South Carolina. Latino 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 Latino in South Carolina.
Help the next generation of Latino 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.
SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division Hosts South Carolina Latinx Student Summits
The South Carolina 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.
For more information, contact Ivan Segura at 803-995-8518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division COVID-19 Action Plan for Agricultural Workers and Latinos Living in Rural SC
The SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division 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.
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 email@example.com. En español
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, contact Ivan Segura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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