Participation in the upcoming 2020 Census is being sought out by the members of ASI.
Endorsements concerning ASI’s resolution for the “Support of an accurate 2020 Census” was brought to the attention of the Faculty Senate meeting on January 14.
The United State’s constitution addresses that the federal government will allocate aid to the state’s “respective numbers.” California’s state department has addressed that every Californian missed by Census 2020 will cost the state $19,500 in lessened program funding, such as housing programs, health programs, and education funding for grant programs.
Senator Vassilakos-Long stated, “We’re probably going to lose a representative after the 2020 Census, but we are hoping not to. An accurate account will affect so many programs, as well as our presentation and the Electoral College.”
CSUSB’s ASI is trying to work towards an accurate 2020 California Census count and the executive committee has asked the Faculty Senate to support and encourage ASI and has asked Senator Vassilakos-Long to write the resolution for the endorsement.
ASI student advocate, Stephen Ángeles, stated, “It is really important to fill out the 2020 Census. It will help determine the future for the next 10 years. It also helps get the right number of representatives in government.”
One suggestion that was made was to allow ASI members to visit the classrooms.
ASI President Adonis Galarza-Toledo stated, “One of the biggest ways the Faculty Senate can really be a big help to us as we take on this campaign is by opening your doors to your classrooms. ASI has taken on the challenge to go to 75 classrooms this quarter and educate our students on what the 2020 Census is and how it affects the Inland Empire.”
The meeting encouraged more than just allowing ASI to speak in the classrooms.
In favor of the motion, Senator Enrique Murrillo said, “There’s a lot of faculty (disregarding the ones in here) who spend their whole careers never visiting the Faculty Senate and never getting involved in any of these things, so maybe there is a bigger step we can all take.”
Galarza-Toledo added to that sentiment by calling for members of the senate to take action.
“There’s a complete count committee that’s chaired by our director of external affairs that I invite all, and the faculty senate, to be a part of, that has taken up the charge to meet at events and the campaign for the Census,” said Galarza-Toledo.
National Census Day will take place on April 1, 2020.