The Greenville County Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission announced Nov. 20 the formation of five community subcommittees with plans to extend its work throughout 2021.
Co-chaired by Merl F. Code of Ogletree Deakins and David Lominack of TD Bank, the more than 30-person commission was formed in August to discuss matters of racial inequities, social justice and disparities in key areas which negatively impact Greenville County’s Black community.
“Early meetings of the commission have been focused on building our shared knowledge base,” said Code. “Relearning and educating is a time-consuming, yet essential, part of this process. We are dedicated to laying the groundwork for real, lasting change in our community. And after just three months, we believe we are on the path to progress.”
During the commission’s November meeting, five subcommittees were established. Commissioners assigned to serve on each subcommittee will meet through 2020 to identify needs, work with community members and develop issue-area action plans. The subcommittees are:
- Income and Wealth
- Criminal Justice
- Education and Workforce Development
- Health and Wellness
- Communitywide Learning
The commission also launched reemgvl.org and will use the website to share its progress and research as well as collect input and ideas from the community.