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2020 Census: Tech Revolution or Risk? A Forum with Elected Officials and Civil Rights Organizations

June 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

On June 18th join us for a public forum with Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and other community, tech, and civil rights leaders to discuss the unique ways the upcoming 2020 census may impact marginalized communities.

Although years away, the 2020 Census is already 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.

The 2020 Census creates two new concrete obstacles:

1. 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.

2. 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.

To address the potential shift in the balance of power and discuss action steps for ensuring a fair count, New America NYC and NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research have teamed up to produce an inaugural conversation on June 18th to highlight the necessity of early and sustained census preparation in keeping our democratic institutions equitably funded and accessible.


Dr. Michael A. Lindsey @DrMikeLindsey
Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University

Elana Broitman @elanabroitman
Director, New America NYC


Manhattan Borough President
 Gale Brewer @galeabrewer


Congressman Adriano Espaillat @RepEspaillat

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney @RepMaloney

Leah Aden @NAACP_LDF
Senior Counsel, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational  Fund, Inc.

Steve Choi @SteveChoiNYIC
Executive Director, The New York Immigration Coalition

Dr. Christina Greer @Dr_CMGreer
2018 McSilver Fellow in Residence


Afua Bruce
Director of Engineering for Public Interest Technology, New America

Joe Salvo @NYCPlanning
Director, Population Division at NYC Department of City Planning

Corrine Yu @civilrightsorg
Managing Policy Director, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Dr. Christina Greer @Dr_CMGreer
2018 McSilver Fellow in Residence

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Assemblymember Inez E. Dickens
Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez
New York Immigration Coalition
Center for Bronx Nonprofits at Hostos Community College
The Black Institute
Chinese-American Planning Council
The Haitian Roundtable
The Legal Aid Society
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Manhattan Community Board 9

2020 Census: Tech Revolution or Risk?
Monday, June 18, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Greenberg Lounge, New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012


Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and photo ID is required for entry.

Follow the conversation online using #Census2020 and by following us at @NewAmericaNYC and @NYUMcSilver.

This event is presented in partnership with the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.


Greenberg Lounge, New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 United States
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