Census Collegiate Summit

Pictured (left to right): Malik Lewis, Jokyra Mclead and Roy Walker.

Three Allen University students recently attended the 2020 Census Collegiate Summit in Orlando, Fla in January. The event was hosted by the United States Census Bureau Atlanta Region.

Jokyra Mclead, a junior majoring in social science, Malik Lewis, a junior majoring in business, and Roy Walker, a sophomore majoring in computer science attended the summit and served as Allen University’s 2020 Census Student Leaders. Dr. Joseph Ray accompanied the students and serves as the campus administrator for the 2020 Census Campaign.

The purpose of the summit was to increase awareness of the importance of the census and facilitate Census Campus initiatives in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. Student leaders and faculty advisers representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) as well as the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) were invited to participate.

The Census Bureau wants to be certain that student leaders understand its goals and supports its efforts for a complete count of college students.

Dr. Joseph Ray stated that because many students reside in off-campus housing, they are considered a hard-to- count group. “The accurate count of this population is of great concern for colleges where minority student populations reside,” Ray said.

Ray continued, “Ensuring a complete count of college students is very important. A lot of students attending the Census Summit did not know that the census determines how we distribute $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities based on census data.”

Ray also said that many are unaware that college students living away from home are counted in the city where they attend school.

Representatives from the Census Bureau Atlanta Region will be partnering with Allen University during the next several months as Allen’s student leaders continue to receive training for the 2020 Census Campaign.

For more information, contact Dr. Teesa Brunson, director of development/associate vice president for institutional advancement, at (803) 376-5724 or tbrunson@allenuniversity.edu.

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