Institute for Public Policy and Social Research Hosts Census 2020 Forum

CENSUS 2020, Possible Outcomes for Michigan

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) is pleased to extend this invitation to an opening forum which will kick off the 2019 – 2020 forum series. Planned for September 11, 2019 in downtown Lansing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the forum will feature a discussion of Census 2020 and its implications for Michigan.

The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up to surpass previous participation records in order to get an accurate snapshot of people living in the United States. The push for participation has stirred discussion of what census outcomes could mean to Michigan, especially to marginalized communities, in terms of federal dollars for things like social services, and big-ticket items like infrastructure and economic development projects. Census data will also contribute to Michigan’s redistricting process, how school districts are defined, and state representation in our nation’s capital. This forum will lay out how census data may impact Michigan, challenges for data gathering in stressed communities, and best practices for ensuring participation.

Confirmed panelists for the forum include:
Noah Durst, an assistant professor in MSU’s Urban & Regional Planning Program. Dr. Durst earned his PhD in public policy from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed masters degrees in public affairs and Latin American studies. Dr. Durst examines the intended and unintended effects of planning and policy-making on issues of social equity.

Joe Scantlebury, J.D., vice president for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Mr. Scantlebury leads strategic programming efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in the foundation’s priority places which include Michigan. Prior to joining the foundation in 2015, he served as senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The forum is free of charge and open to the public. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged online at as open seats and lunch is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve a seat now!
Sign in and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the 5th floor Mackinac Room, Anderson House Office Building, at 124 N. Capitol Ave., across from the Michigan Capitol in downtown Lansing. The discussion will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. and run through the 1:30 p.m. closing.

MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research is a unit within the College of Social Science. Its focus is on public policy education, leadership and survey research. All materials including the presentations and video from previous forums are available on the IPPSR website for you and your community’s use. Please share this information with those who may be interested to learn about the topic.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m. Registration for the forum is open now! Please forward this notice to others who may be interested to attend. The remaining Fall 2019 public policy forums are scheduled for October 2nd and November 6th. For more information about IPPSR activity and updates on the forum series, please visit the website or Facebook page.