The James Holmes Future Inclusion and Equity Leadership Development (or FIELD) Initiative identifies and engages the next generation of early to mid-career census watchers, experts, and advocates who reflect the diversity of today’s America. We believe that an important part of moving toward data equity and a census that is fair for all, including people of color and other marginalized groups, is creating opportunities for future leaders in the census quality and fairness space to have a seat at the table, now and going forward.

The Census Quality Reinforcement Task Force, a learning community dedicated to decennial census quality, is seeking out diverse students and early- to mid-career professionals who use census data and are interested in:

  • Participating in the Census Quality Reinforcement Task Force
  • Connecting with leading census experts as they conduct analyses on the most important census quality questions of the moment;
  • Connecting with other early- to mid-career professionals who rely on census data in their work;
  • Learning about the importance of census data quality and helping to advocate for improvements; and
  • Getting support from a network of “census nerds” who are committed to empowering the next generation of census observers.

If you are interested in learning more about this initiative or know of someone who might be, please fill out this Google Form [docs.google.com]

About the CQR Task Force:

The CQR Task Force is a learning community for research, education, and coordination around decennial census data quality and fitness for use for three primary use cases: congressional apportionment, redistricting, and the distribution of federal funds. The task force is non-partisan with a strong emphasis on supporting the integrity of the institution of the Census Bureau. The core task force includes NCoC, the Brennan Center for Justice, Georgetown’s Center on Poverty & Inequality, The Leadership Conference, NALEO, AAJC, and Data & Society, with data science support from Demographic Analytics Advisors, and larger working groups as-needed to dive into specific issues.

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