Past Event

College Students Count (in the 2020 Census)

March 4, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Barnard Hall (Room 304), Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York

Event Description: 

The Census is critical to multiple facets of civic life: political representation in Congress, voting district boundaries, federal funding for states and local communities, among many others. There are many challenges in ensuring an accurate count for the census: ranging from a lack of awareness regarding the Census to structural barriers that communities of color face.

As a college campus, Barnard College is critical in the count. For many college students, this may be the first time they are participating in the census and it is important to know where they should be counted and how to complete the census! Learn more about the importance of the census, current initiatives that are being used to more effectively reach communities, and where college students get counted. 

Event Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Ananat, Associate Professor of Economics at Barnard College
  • Veronica Liu, Founder and Coordinator of the volunteer-run Word Up Community Bookshop/Liberia Comunitaria and a 2020 Census Outreach Coordinator
  • Michael G. Miller, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College
  • Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and former Director of the Census Bureau during the 2000 Census
  • Moderated by David Weiman, Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics at Barnard College

Event Information: 

Open to Columbia University students, faculty, and staff. Please RSVP. For more information, please visit the event webpage

Hosted by the Barnard Empirical Reasoning Center