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The complexities and challenges of the 2020 Census were on the agenda at Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research opening Public Policy Forums Series on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

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The Forum's speakers each had frontline positions in leading the U.S. Census count and assessing the first demographic results. Speakers were:

Kerry Ebersole-Singh. Office of the Governor, State of Michigan; 2020 Statewide Census Director.

Victoria Kovari. Executive Director, Detroit 2020 Census Campaign and Special Assistant to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Corwin Smidt. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University.

"It just takes hard work," noted Kovari. She called for all nonprofits and organizations across the state to help assure that all citizens were accurately counted, "to make sure people aren't being left behind."

Ebersole-Singh called for Michigan to be ready for Census 2030.

“We’re looking at the census’ value to Michigan, including but not limited to, the drawing of voting districts currently underway,” said Arnold Weinfeld, the Institute’s associate director. “Census data represents a quick snapshot of our population growth, our economic development, household income, even how far we drive, on average, from our homes to work.”

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  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

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