Responsibilities of the Community Relations Division
Serves as a resource for South Carolinians to seek solutions to problems encountered due to social or institutionalized practices that have a divisive impact.
Approve and empower Community Relation Councils and entities to address problems in human and race relations through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
Links state government to community groups by assisting in the establishment of or the continued operation of existing Community Relations Councils.
Provides training to assist members of councils and other entities, accomplish their goals and objectives to improve community and race relations.
Advises councils on identifying problems, setting priorities in program planning and development, and developing funding processes for community projects.
Coordinate the delivery of services to city and county governments, regions, and statewide to address problems in human affairs.
Provides technical assistance, guidance, and state agencies’ expertise, upon request to an existing council or entity.
Conciliates complaints that rise from alleged violations under Section 1-13-90(e) and the Public Accommodations Act and any other allegations of discrimination occurring in sectors, other than employment or housing. Public accommodations discrimination complaints may be filed based on race, color, religion, and national origin. The statutory limitation for filing a public accommodation complaint is 180 days from the date of the alleged violation. The types of businesses covered include the following: inns, hotels, motels, restaurants, hospitals, clinics, theaters, concert halls, billiard parlors, barrooms, golf courses, sports arenas, stadiums, or other places of amusement, exhibition, recreation, or entertainment. Non-employment and 90(e) complaints may be filed based on race, color, religion, age (40 and above), sex, national origin, and disability. The statutory limitation for filing a non-employment and 90(e) complaint is 180 days from the date of the alleged violation.