UCI Community Members Encouraged to Participate in the U.S. Census

Dear Campus Community,

I am writing to encourage your participation in the U.S. Census. On April 1, citizens and permanent residents as well as enrolled domestic out of state and international graduate students and undergraduates will receive an invitation at your home or dwelling to complete a short questionnaire online, by phone or by mail. The questions refer to you and everyone who lives with you. Your responses will promote the well-being of all residents in all 50 states and five territories. As a non-partisan governmental agency, the U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to protect your responses and keep them confidential.

What is the U.S. Census?
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts every living resident in all 50 states and territories. It provides critical information about the size and diversity of the resident population–including citizens and permanent residents as well as enrolled domestic out of state and international graduate students and undergraduates. The resulting count determines the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, directs community funding as well as provides information for lawmakers, educators, researchers and businesses among others.

Who Counts
Everyone who lives in the U.S. for at least one year is eligible. This includes U.S. citizens and permanent residents as well as enrolled out of state and international graduate students and undergraduates.

Students who normally live on campus but are currently living off campus due to COVID-19 should respond online or by phone using their UCI local address (i.e. not a parent’s address.) Students who do not receive invitation letters should use the non-ID response option. Students living on campus will be counted by UCI as originally planned.

Get the Facts
For more information about the census and why it matters, visit the official website of the U.S. Census Bureau at https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html.

Expect equity, support diversity, practice inclusion, and honor free speech.

Douglas M. Haynes (Preferred Pronouns he, him, his)
Chief Diversity Officer
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of History