Name of Engagement

Democracy Matters - Episode 21: Counting for Community Resilience: Census in the Time of COVID

Description

SUMMARY: Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Census faced serious challenges to achieving a complete and accurate count because of politics, budget restrictions, employing new technology and because social media amplifies the spread of misinformation and disinformation. The global public health crisis has thrown into sharp relief the importance of a complete count, including: ensuring accurate representation in governmental institutions, having accurate data for healthcare infrastructure and emergency preparedness, and access to funding communities desperately need. In this episode of Democracy Matters, we talk with Jonathan Derks, Kearstin Kimm, Tristan Thorgersen, and Abby Wallen about their work this semester to reach hard-to-count communities.

Web Presence

https://www.jmu.edu/news/civic/2020/04-26-democracy-matters-episode-21.shtml

Involvement

Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Students, Involves Alums, Involves Participants External to JMU

Scope

JMU Campus Scope, International Scope

Date

April 26, 2020

Frequency

One Time Only

Existing Center/Institute/Program

yes

Primary Focus of Program

Governance and Public Policy

Begin Date

4-16-2020

Areas of Engagement

Civic Engagement

Format

Publication

On/Off campus

On campus

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