Subject: 2020 Census Description: As the world continues to face this global health crisis, we wish you good health in the weeks and months to come. As the Covid-19 crisis continues, a critical aspect of our civic duty—the 2020 Census—carries on. An inaccurate census count will have serious consequences on our future. Completing the census provides funding, resources, services, political representation and more to our community for the next 10 years. According to the 2020 Census hard to count map (https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/), both the College Park area and Prince George’s County had low response rates during the 2010 Census. Only 49% of the tract that includes UMD’s campus responded to the census in 2010. Prince George’s County had a response rate of 76.5%. The undercount in 2010 impacted the County’s political representation at the federal and state level and significantly compromised federal funding. The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years to count every resident in the United States. Completing the census is a vital part of our democracy and civic duty. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. An estimated $18,250 is lost in funding per person for our community over a 10-year period for each uncounted person. Your response matters. The census impacts federal funding that goes towards critical higher education programs such as: Federal Pell Grants, school safety, adult education grants, student wellness programs, and more. Completing the census is safe, easy, and important. Personal information is kept confidential by law, and personal data is kept secure. The census can be completed online (http://www.2020census.gov/), by phone, or by mail. For Students The Census Bureau is proceeding to count U.S. college students and foreign students for their on- or off-campus residences. Students should fill out the Census using their pre-Spring break address, not where they are currently located during online learning. On-Campus Students For students that live in on-campus student housing like residence halls, off-campus residence halls, or other student housing facilities that are owned, leased, or managed by UMD, representatives from the university are working with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure you are counted through Group Quarters Enumeration (https://2020census.gov/en/conducting-the-count/gq/gqe.html). Therefore, you do not have to complete a census form. Off-Campus Students For students who live off-campus, take the step to Be Counted! by completing your census form at https://my2020census.gov. You should fill out the form based on your off-campus residence and not where you may have relocated to because of remote learning. The form will take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking approval from Congress to extend the self-response deadline from August 14 until October 31, 2020. Support a fair and accurate 2020 Census by completing your census form and advocating for others to complete the form as well. To learn more information about completing the census, visit umd.edu/census2020 or www.2020census.gov. Contact Person: Laura J. Rosenthal Contact Email: [log in to unmask] You received this email because you are subscribed to the Daily eNews for CMNS Students (CMNS-UNDERGRAD-NEWS) mailing list. If you would like to unsubscribe from this list, simply send an email to [log in to unmask] with the message signoff CMNS-UNDERGRAD-NEWS in the body.