On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Cougs for Census team held WE COUNT: Make Your Voice Heard, an event in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the City of Pullman, the WSU Multicultural Greek Council, and Lambda Theta Alpha.
Census Bureau Representative, and WSU alum, Brissa Perez from Walla Walla, Washington visited the Pullman Campus, along with Pullman city planner Pete Dickinson, to lead the conversation on the impact of the 2020 Census on the community, and on students.
Dickinson led an interactive portion in which he asked attendees questions about the types of services they use in the city, and how most of those services are federally funded. The funds used to support programs like emergency services, public education programs, and federal financial aid are designated by statistics gathered in the decennial Census.
Many students stated that they use Pullman Transit daily and utilize city services among other programs that are directly impacted by the Census.
Perez continued the program with an overview of the Census, the process that community members can expect from the Bureau, and proper ways that students can count. Students learned about the importance of counting once, and in the right place, as well as other concerns regarding privacy, confidentiality, and self-reporting.
Cougs for Census additionally held a raffle in which all attendees entered to win a $25 Bookie gift card. The event was eligible for Multicultural Greek programming credit, and members from Lambda Theta Alpha, among other fraternities and sororities, were present.
This was the final event held by Cougs for Census, and it was the most successful to date!