Census 2010: CSU Dominguez Hills Encourages Local Community to Stand Up and Be Counted
As part of efforts to build public awareness of the 2010 United States Census, a national road tour visited the Los Angeles region at California State University, Dominguez Hills on February 24. The tour's crew provided information on why it is important to participate and be counted with several Census 2010 representatives on hand to inform the Dominguez Hills campus community.
“We are getting the word out,” said Humara Ahmed, partnership specialist, Los Angeles Regional Census Center. “Cities are also joining us in the effort to bring awareness. For example, schools are doing a Census week, as well as churches and faith based organizations. Stores and businesses are also helping and encouraging census promotion.”
The tour which began on January 4 and will end April 13 made its final Los Angeles stop at CSU Dominguez Hills, a coordinated effort between the university, the City of Carson and the Home Depot Center.
“I feel is important to be counted since federal funding will be provided to areas based on Census stats,”said freshman Kristen Cooper, a business administration major who visited the Census 2010 tent.
On Feb. 27, CSU Dominguez Hills also hosted the Southern California Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Census 2010 Kick-Off as part of the university’s commitment to making these populations aware of the Census. The event which took place in the Loker Union Ballroom brought Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community organizations, faith leaders, public officials, and community members together to understand the benefits a complete count can bring to their communities.
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data is used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state, and local governments each year, and to make decisions about what community services to provide.
“I was grateful to be included in the program because the Census and its accuracy is very important to the City of Carson and by extension CSU, Dominguez Hills,” said Carson Mayor Jim Dear.
Statistics presented by Dr. Sela V. Panapasi, Research Investigator Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan and longtime advocate for Pacific Islanders before Congress, stated “that the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders were the least represented ethnic group according to 2000 Census stats and that 1 out of 6 Pacific Islanders lives under poverty level.”
Keynote speaker Dr. Robert M. Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, felt this event was so important that he had to personally attend.
“I think having the presence of Dr. Groves shows the importance of this event and bringing awareness of the Census 2010,” said Congressman Eni F. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa). “Each of us here today is somehow invested in the future of our Pacific Islander community. Therefore, each of us plays a role in making this year’s census successful.”
- Fredwill Hernandez
Fredwill Hernandez is a communications major and an intern in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.
Photo above: The Southern California Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Census 2010 Kick-Off on Feb. 27 was hosted by CSU Dominguez Hills in the Loker Student Union.
L-R: Dr. Sela V. Panapasa, research investigator Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan; Robert M. Groves, director, U.S Census Bureau; and Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D- American Samoa)