2020 Census

Dear Lobos:

We need your help! We need every UNM Student, Staff and Instructors to reach out to their local community to increase 2020 Census self-response rates. A full count for the 2020 Census is urgent for the future of NM. We have one of the lowest self-response rates in the country (55% compared to 65% for the rest of the country as of 9/2/20). We don't get a redo. We need a massive grassroots movement as this will mean lost resources for education, infrastructure, political representation and civil rights for our state for the next decade. The good news is that it's not too late to be counted in 2020 Census. September 30, 2020 is the last day to be counted. Visit https://my2020census.gov/ to respond online or call 800-923-8282 to respond by phone. 

We ask you as trusted messengers  to reach out to  your families, friends and social networks and mobilize 5-10 people to fill out the Census. The UNM 2020 Census Complete Count Committee invites you to enter a FREE Raffle. Winners will receive $50 gift cards for mobilizing your social networks, just email UNMSC@UNM.EDU by 9/30 (See attached flyer with more information on how to win one of the 200 gift cards). Note: If a student lived in UNM housing/dorms in Spring 2020 they have already been counted as part of the group quarters enumeration. Over 80% of UNM students do not live in dorms so they do need to fill out the Census.  Remember, everyone living in NM counts! There is no citizenship question. All data are confidential. If you are interested in volunteering for phone banking please email julisa@mediadesknm.com who will set you up with the iCountNM virtual phone banking system.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO MOBILIZING FOR A COMPLETE COUNT OF EVERYONE LIVING IN NEW MEXICO!  
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2020 Census

You can view self-response rate daily down to Cities and Census Tracts at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

For Updates for 2020 operations

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/update-census-operations.html

For Updates on the Homelessness counts

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/homelessness.html

ENUMERATION FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE/FAMILIES IS 9/22-9/24

Ensuring an Accurate Count of College Students and Towns<https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/2020-college-students.html>

Videos for UNM Press conferences and other info available at https://race.unm.edu/, click 2020 Census. With appreciation!

Latest updates according to New Mexico state demographer and head of UNM’s Geospatial and Population Studies Robert Rhatigan:

As of August 5, 2020 the national self-response rate was 63 percent and in New Mexico the self-response rate was 53 percent. In 2010 New Mexico’s self-response rate was 60 percent. You can view self-response rate daily down to Cities and Census Tracts at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html. We need every UNM  Student Faculty Staff person to reach out to their local community to increase 2020 Census self-response rate.
Everyone has until September 30, 2020 to respond. However, we have to keep encouraging response from every household/student that has been invited. As for info specific to college students, see here:

#UNMCENSUS2020 is the university's initiative to ensure that every Lobo counts, particularly those who have been historically undercounted within New Mexico.

Every Lobo CountsTo help raise awareness of the roles students can play in the 2020 Census, the UNM Complete Count Committee threw a virtual block party on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the virtual block party! The block party celebration included:

2020 Census is Here!

The self-response period for the 2020 Census has started and people can now begin to respond to the Census in one of three ways: online, by paper, or by phone.

In an effort to leverage some of the trusted messengers in our communities, Rep. Deb Haaland recorded a special video message to encourage New Mexicans to participate in the census, and in doing so, ensuring billions in federal funding make their way to our communities for the next 10 years.

2020 Census Phone Numbers

  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
  • Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
  • Korean: 844-392-2020
  • Russian: 844-417-2020
  • Arabic: 844-416-2020
  • Tagalog: 844-478-2020
  • Polish: 844-479-2020
  • French: 844-494-2020
  • Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
  • Portuguese: 844-474-2020
  • Japanese: 844-460-2020

To complete the 2020 Census over the phone with a Census Questionnaire Assistance representative, call 1-844-330- 2020. If you would like more information about the 2020 Census, including partnering with the Census Bureau or job-related questions, please visit the 2020 Census Contact Us page.

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

How to help!

Encourage your family and friends to respond to the census online

Organizers at the October 2019 UNM Census recruitment table at the UNM SUBFor 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.

2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html

College Towns Depend on Accurate Count of Students Living in Area

Official guide for Counting College Students

"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?"

Dr. Nancy Lopez, The Importance of Being Counted

Census Jobs Available

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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.

See the pay rates

Can non-citizens be hired to work on the 2020 Census?

Yes, in certain circumstances. Consistent with law, the Census Bureau will hire non-citizen translators who are legally entitled to work in the U.S. on an as-needed-basis during 2020 peak field operations, if there are no available citizens who can be hired with the necessary non-English language skills. Census Bureau systems are being updated to allow the recruiting and hiring of non-citizens in these situations.

Has the Census Bureau received an exemption from Congress to hire non-citizens for the 2020 Census?

Appropriations law requires that federal employees must be U.S. Citizens. The appropriations law permits the hiring of non-citizen translators if there are no available citizens who can be hired with the necessary non-English language skills. Consistent with law, the Census Bureau will hire non-citizen translators who are legally entitled to work in the U.S. on an as-needed-basis during the 2020 Census. As a point of reference, during the 2010 Census more than 700,000 people were hired to conduct the census and less than 4,000 non-citizen translators were hired. Census Bureau systems are being updated to allow the recruiting and hiring of non-citizens in these situations.

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UNM Census 2020 Complete Count Committee

Co-chairs

Date and Time:

  • Oct 7, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Nov 4, 2020 09:00 AM

Videos


¿Que vas a marcar para el Censo 2020?
Nancy López, TEDxABQ (2018)

Why Does the Government Care About Race?
Origin of Everything, (2018)

Who Gets Counted and Why: Race, Ethnicity and Latinxs in the 2020 Census
Nancy López, University of Illinois at Chicago (2017)

The State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity: Census 2020 - Session 1
Consortium for Race, Gender and Ethnicity Symposium, University of Maryland (2017)

The State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity: Census 2020 - Session 2
Consortium for Race, Gender and Ethnicity Symposium, University of Maryland (2017)

The State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity: Census 2020 - Session 3
Consortium for Race, Gender and Ethnicity Symposium, University of Maryland (2017)

2020 Census Panel Discussion
Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy Conference (2011)

Current and Future Federal Standards for Data on Race and Ethnicity Panel Discussion
Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy Conference, "2020 Census" (2011)

America's Statistical Races: Do We Still Need Them? Do We Still Want Them? Panel Discussion
Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy Conference, "2020 Census" (2011)