2020 Census: Tech Revolution or Risk?

Monday, June 18
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NYU School of Law — Greenberg Lounge (40 Washington Square South, New York, NY)

The 2020 Census is prompting fraught conversations around the country as the prospect of an inaccurate count exacerbates existing challenges for communities of color, immigrants, and others whose numbers have long been undercounted. 

On Monday, June 18, at 9 a.m., New America and the NYU McSilver Center for Poverty Policy and Research will hold a forum at the NYU School of Law (40 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y., Greenberg Lounge) to discuss the unique ways the upcoming 2020 Census may impact marginalized communities.

Among the participants will be Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and other community, tech, and civil rights leaders.

The forum is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Photo ID required. Professor Michael Lindsey, Executive Director of the McSilver Institute, and Elana Broitman, Director of New America NYC, will open the forum with welcome remarks.

Following the 2010 census, 10 states lost congressional seats,  and New York stands to lose a Congressional seat as well as vital federal funding if significant sections of its population are undercounted again. The 2020 Census creates two new concrete obstacles: First, it will be digitally based, raising concerns regarding missing minority populations with disproportional access to digital connectivity, and raising the specter of data leakage for communities already feeling under threat. Secondly, it will for the first time contain a question about citizenship, suppressing response rates in immigrant households. Following the 2010 census, 10 states lost congressional seats and New York stands to lose a Congressional seat as well as vital federal funding if significant sections of its population are undercounted again.

This event’s community cosponsors include the New York Immigration Coalition, and the Center for Bronx Nonprofits at Hostos Community College.