Join us virtually! Borders & Belonging Presents: UCI Counts! The Importance of the 2020 Census

 Humanities Center     Mar 31 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

Learn why the Census Matters
Help our Students and Communities Achieve a Complete Count!


Bill Maurer, Dean, School of Social Sciences and Professor, Anthropology; Law; and Criminology, Law and Society


Lynda Laughlin, Chief, Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch, Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director of Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Director of the Humanities Center and Professor of Asian American Studies, UCI School of Humanities

Kaaryn Gustafson, Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race, Associate Dean of Academic Community Engagement, and Professor of Law, UCI School of Law

Matthew Freedman, Executive Director, California Census Research Data Center and Professor of Economics, UCI School of Social Sciences

The census, which takes place every 10 years, is a survey of people who reside in the U.S. It is not just for citizens but includes everyone in the country. The results are used to allocate government funding, provide social services as well as determine political apportionment. In addition, researchers and community advocates utilize the data to study our society, identify pressing needs, and develop targeted interventions.

However, there are wide-spread misconceptions and apathy about the census as well as understandable suspicion about the intentions of the U.S. government. In fact, UCI was undercounted for the last census, and our students, staff, and faculty are likely to fall into officially designated hard-to-count categories, which include young children, highly mobile persons, racial and ethnic minorities, non-English speakers, low-income persons, persons experiencing homelessness, undocumented immigrants, persons who distrust the government, LGBTQ persons, persons with disabilities, and persons who do not live in traditional housing.

Inform yourself about the census, and help us achieve a complete count at UCI and beyond!

For more information about this event, contact Prof. Judy Wu.
For more information about UCI Counts, please contact Amanda Hughes, Community Relations Manager, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs.
For more information about the US Census, please contact Jun Wang, Partner Specialist of U.S. Census Bureau for Irvine.

Presented By: UCI School of Social Sciences and UCI Humanities Center
Co-Sponsors: Associated Students UCI, Associated Graduate Students, UCI School of Humanities, UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence, UCI School of Law’s Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEAR), UCI Community & Government Relations, UCI Claire Trevor School of Arts, UCI School of Education, UCI School of Social Ecology, UCI Engage, UCI School of Law, and Social Sciences Academic Resource Center

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