April 2, 2020
To: The Rensselaer Community
From: Richie C. Hunter, Vice President, Strategic Communications and External Relations
Re: 2020 United State Census
While we all continue to manage the challenges and changes that the COVID-19 outbreak has imposed upon us, I am writing to you regarding another important item: the 2020 United States (U.S.) Census.
The Census will be used to determine the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds annually. It impacts our communities, schools, hospitals, and the roads we regularly use. Especially important in light of the current public health threat, Census data is used during times of crisis. For instance, it helps health providers better understand community demographics and more accurately predict the spread of diseases through communities. By participating in the U.S. Census, you also help to ensure federal funding for things like college financial aid, school nutrition programs, affordable housing, childcare, infrastructure, and job training.
The Census form is easy to complete - it only takes a few minutes and it is completely confidential. Please log in and complete your form immediately - even if you believe your roommates or family may have already done so. The Census Bureau will eliminate duplicate responses, but not being counted is irreversible and will weaken our community.
Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff are one community, we are one Rensselaer. We stand up to help our local communities, whether it's reading to local schoolchildren, volunteering at nonprofits, or raising funds for charities. Participating in the Census is another way we ensure classmates, family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers will receive the assistance they need in the months and years to come.
You may complete the Census online here. If you do not have access to your mailbox to retrieve the 12-digit Census ID that was mailed to you by the Census Bureau, you can still complete the Census without that ID.
An important note for our students: If you have returned home, you should complete the Census for the address where you live and sleep most of the time. For many of you, that is right here in Troy, New York. We have confirmed that the U.S. Census Bureau wants you to be counted in Troy, even if you are away from your campus residence due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Let's show our community that when it mattered most, each and every one of us stood up to be counted.