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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
UNM President

2020 Census

Why Is An Accurate Count Urgent for the Future of New Mexico?

US Census 2020 logoBelow 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 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.

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

College Towns Depend on Accurate Count of Students Living in Area

"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

Room:
*NEW LOCATION*
Karen M. Glaser, Dean of Students board room
University Advisement Enrichment Center (UAEC) Room 260 (Bldg. # 85)
Date and Time:
  • Feb 26, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Mar 11, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Mar 25, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Apr 8, 2020 09:00 AM
  • Apr 22, 2020 09:00 AM
  • May 6, 2020 09:00 AM
  • May 20, 2020 09:00 AM

Videos


They Also Count
Official US Census 2020 Public Service Announcement in Spanish (2019)

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)