The U.S. Constitution mandates that our nation count its population every 10 years. The 2020 Census will require counting an increasingly diverse and growing population – a snapshot of America – and it is imperative that we energize and educate people on the importance of being counted. Information gathered in the census is used to allocate federal funding for roads, hospitals and schools, as well as many other programs New Mexicans depend on.
Data from the Census Bureau shows about 43 percent of New Mexico’s population live in “hard-to-count” areas and include demographics that are consistently overlooked, and one way to reach those populations is by generating interest and inclusion in the census.
Garnett S. Stokes
October 16 at 1pm ET
Census Counts + Funders Census Initiative Census Operations
Webinar Part 6: Tips for Organizers Engaging in GOTC will cover how organizers can plan their field operations – including door-to-door canvassing and community outreach. Speakers also will cover "do's and don't" and how organizers can ensure outreach plans do not inadvertently undermine Title 13 privacy protections.
October 23 at 2pm-3pm
ET Census 2020 and Disinformation.
This briefing will cover: What defines disinformation/disinformation 101; How individuals and organizations can help combat disinformation; How to flag and report content to the Census Bureau and census hub groups.
RSVP here. You will then receive the webinar log-in information.
October 29 at 4PM ET: AAJC is hosting a Webinar on
Engaging College Students on the 2020 Census
This webinar will focus on how college students, organizations, and staff can get involved in ensuring that college students are counted in the 2020 Census. RSVP here.
Why Is An Accurate Count Urgent for the Future of New Mexico?
Below are some talking points compiled by the UNM 2020 Census Complete Count Committee and our partners for use by students, staff, faculty, and community. Thank you!
Decennial Census count is part of the formula for distribution of federal funds to states and local communities.
New Mexico receives over $7 billion each year through federal programs which benefit the entire community: health care, nutrition, highways, education, housing, jobs and more that allocate funds on per capita basis. icountnm.gov/why-is-the-census-important
- $780 MILLION DOLLAR LOSS - If New Mexico undercounts residents by only 1%, we would lose $780 Million Dollars.
- $3,745 IN FUNDING PER YEAR- Each New Mexican not counted equates to a loss of approximately $3,745 per year.
- Map for loss of funds by community in NM
- An undercount would impact Colleges by a loss in funding for federal grants for tuition! In FY2016 New Mexico received:
- Federal Pell Grant Program $171,000,000
- Title I Grants to LEAs $127,689,674
- Special Education Grants $ $194,908,708
- Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants $17,762,636
- Career and Technical Education – Basic Grants to States $8,074,607
How to help!
Apply to work with the U.S. Census bureau as a paid employee. There are thousands of job opportunities available in the state of New Mexico. These jobs are ideal for retirees, students, seniors and anyone who wants to work.
Encourage your family and friends to respond to the census online beginning March 12, 2020.
For students living at the dorms:
- Boarding school students below the college level should be counted at the home of their parents or guardians.
- College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
- College students who live away from home should count themselves at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are home on April 1, 2020.
- U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the United States are not counted in the census.
- Foreign students living and attending college in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
"Every 10 years, the U.S. Census makes its way into American households, representing the purported aim of our forefathers to see every person in the nation counted, and to use those numbers to determine representation in Congress. As the 2020 census approaches, mired in complications, many are wondering… just who does the census count, and who does it leave behind?"
- Why Should I Care About the 2020 Census (UNM Newsroom, October 10, 2019)
- Hard to Count: Ensuring New Mexico is Accurately Represented in the 2020 Census (UNM Newsroom July 18, 2019)
- Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information from Existing Federal Records, Not the Census (NY Times, July 11, 2019)
- Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts are Worried About the 2020 Census (NY Times, July 9, 2019)
- Judge Orders Trump Administration To Remove 2020 Census Citizenship Question (NPR, January 15, 2019)
- The Importance of Being Counted (UNM Newsroom, September 11, 2018)
- Who Gets Counted and Why: Race, Ethnicity, and Latinxs (Dr. Nancy Lopez at the University of Illinois at Chicago, video 1 hour 19 minutes, October 12, 2017)
- The US Census Bureau Keeps Confusing Race and Ethnicity
- Why the 2020 Census Should Keep Longstanding Separate Questions About Hispanic Origin and Race (Scholars Strategy Network, Sept 26, 2017)
- The Census Is Still Trying To Find The Best Way To Track Race In America (FiveThirtyEight, November 26, 2014)
- I Count NM - Governor's Statewide Complete Count Commission for the 2020 Census
- NM Counts! - Outreach campaign to help ensure that all New Mexicans are counted in the 2020 Census, especially in the most hard-to-count and reach communities
- Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds
- Become a Census Worker for the 2020 Census
- Confidentiality: The 2020 Census & Data Stewardship
- The 2020 Census: Four Ways to Respond
- The IL Count Me In 2020 Communications & Messaging Working Group developed this communications toolkit, which includes talking points, graphics, sample social media posts, and more.
- Arab American Institute's YallaCountMeIn campaign has released a set of materials in Arabic and English.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC launched Count On Your Census, a podcast all about the 2020 census to help ensure we can have a fair and accurate count of our communities.
- NALEO updated their Census 101 factsheet in both English and Spanish.
- From the US Census Bureau: How to find your nearest Complete Count Committee to support the 2020 Census
- Memo on Door-to-Door Canvassing: If you are supporting organizations doing census organizing, the Census Counts Campaign, Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup, and Funders Census Initiative issued a memo in response to Census Bureau guidance.
- The Christian Science Monitor explains the debate over differential privacy - a clear resource for this complex issue.
- FCI consultant and census expert Terri Ann Lowenthal answered Reddit user questions on the 2020 Census. Check out the thread, which includes answers to many commonly-asked policy and operational questions related to the decennial census
- April 30, 2017 Keep Hispanic Origin And Race As Separate Questions For 2020 Census For Better Serving Vulnerable Communities: Letter to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and Congress
- Sept 2017 State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity: Census 2020 Changes and Implications for Addressing Social Inequality Conference Videos
- OMB Memo on Ethical Accuracy for Civil Rights and 2020 Census
- 2017 Hispanic Caucus Congressional Briefing Presentation
- Organizational Sign-on Letter re: Geospatial Data Restrictions and Racial Disparities
- 2020 Census Complaint Against Adding Citizenship
- Sample Question Formats
- Flattening the Difference Between Hispanic Origin and Race?
- Should the 2020 Census Link Questions About “Race” [Color/Physical Appearance] to “Ethnicity” [National Origin/Ancestry]? Why We Need to Keep these Questions Separate for Protecting Vulnerable Communities
- Measuring Race and Ethnicity Across the Decades: 1790-2010 From the U.S. Census
- What's your street race/gender? Why We Need Separate Questions on Hispanic Origin and Race for the 2020 Census -- Nancy López discusses potential ways of measuring race and ethnicity for the 2020 Census
- Smithsonian Showcase Video Presentation 2/19/15: What's your Street Race-Gender?
- America’s Statistical Races
- Harris-Kojetin OMB Standards on Race Sep 9, 2011
- Dr. Nancy López, Ph.D. in Hola Cultura, Latino Arts and Culture, March 11, 2015, "Talk: The Complexity of Latino Identity and it's Consequences"