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Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Understanding the 2020 Census: Four Ways to Support Census Efforts

"Understanding the 2020 Census" is a series of Daily Bulletin posts meant to help educate the campus about the 2020 census. Please share this information with your colleagues, students, and neighbors. 

April 1 or Census Day is observed nationwide every 10 years when the country is in the midst of the decennial census. By this date, every address should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 census.

Here are four ways you can support Buffalo State College student and community engagement in responding to the 2020 census.

Complete the Census for Your Household
Completing the census takes about 10 minutes, and its impact lasts 10 years. Respond to the census for your household or help a less tech-savvy friend or neighbor complete the census online

Share with Students
College students are a unique population whose inclusion in the 2020 census count is critical. It can be confusing to know how and where they should respond. Please share this information with students you know: 

  • Buffalo State students should respond to the census based on where they were living on March 1, 2020. Here's how:

    > Off-campus apartment or house: Respond to the census using the address of your off-campus apartment or house and include any roommates or family members who live with you 51 percent of the time, or were living with you on March 1, 2020.

    > Dorms: You do not need to respond to the census because you'll automatically be counted by Buffalo State based on what dorm you were living in on March 1, 2020. 

Share on Social Media
Share the most up-to-date and accurate Census Bureau news and information with your friends, family, and neighbors on social media. You can use these graphics on social media or see your community's response to the census with this interactive map. Remember, the goal is to count 100 percent of households in the United States. 

Participate in a Digital Census Help Desk
With our in-person outreach efforts restricted by COVID-19, we've had to get creative! Join the Civic and Community Engagement Office each Wednesday beginning today, April 1, until Wednesday, May 27, from noon to 12:30 p.m. as we share information about the impact of the census and answer any questions you might have. Find us on social media and Blackboard Collaborate. We're also hosting a virtual workshop titled "How Does the Census Impact Me?" in collaboration with Student Leadership and Engagement on Monday, April 6, at noon. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Submitted by: Aurora M. Schunk
Also appeared:
Friday, April 3, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
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