One of the major challenges facing the 2020 census is mistrust about how the collected information could be used by the government. Federal law restricts the Census Bureau from releasing information identifying individuals, but there is growing concern within some communities about a census process that has become politicized and divisive over a controversial citizenship question. By convening a panel of experts in census data and the social context for the census, we hope to learn how census information has been protected and potential risks to that confidentiality.
Robert M. Groves was the Director of the Census Bureau for the 2010 Census. He will review the controversies that are common the US Censuses and place the current events surrounding the 2020 Census in context. He is currently the Provost of Georgetown University.
Hansi Lo Wang is a national correspondent based at NPR's New York bureau. He covers the changing demographics of the U.S. and breaking news in the Northeast for NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, hourly newscasts, and NPR.org.
Thomas A. Saenz is the President and General Counsel of MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.