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Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) hosts "Census and the City"

On December 3, 2018, Columbia University SIPA hosted an impressive line-up of speakers for its event: "Census and the City:  Why threats to the Census could hurt Immigrants and millions of dollars lost to the City and and its services."  This informed panel focused on the impact on New York City if an undercount happens as a result of the controversial citizenship question, concerns around the security and internet access to complete the census online, and lack of funding for community groups to get out the count.   

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Moderated by Aliya Bhatia, MPA SIPA, this panel featured keynote speaker Kenneth Prewitt, former Director of the U.S. Census Bureau from 1998-2001 who opposes the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census; Yvette Stacey Cumberbatch, 2010 City Census Coordinator; Dr. John Flateau, 2010 Census Coordinator for New York State and Medgar Evers College, CUNY's U.S. Census Info Center;  Alex Finkelstein-SJ fellow:  Civil Rights Bureau of New York AG's Office; Quinn Rhi, Civic Participation Sr. Associate, MinKwon Center for Community Action; and Felipe de La Hoz, Reporter, DocumentedNY. An engaged audience of 40 students and faculty attended.

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Elizabeth Plum