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The official South Carolina Community Relations Division was established via the enactment of the South Carolina Human Affairs Act (1972). The legislation established the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC) as the government agency responsible for executing the requirements of the Act.
In addition to the process of addressing complaints of discrimination and managing affirmative action initiatives within the State Government, the act encouraged the formation of diverse community level groups and initiatives that support the betterment of human relations and affairs within their respective communities.
This gave rise to the official Community Relations Division in South Carolina, within the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC). The Community Relations Division is responsible for helping to establish, maintain and expand community relations councils in South Carolina.
In accordance with state law, the Community Relations Division was created,
1) to encourage local resolution of problems and to foster better community and race relations throughout the state, and
2) upon request, create and empower Community Relations Councils (CRCs) and entities across the state to address problems in human affairs.
The Community Relations Division staff uses conferences, conciliation, and persuasion to bring together cross-sections of people to resolve disputes involving discrimination in various areas of human interaction.