Census Office Events

The California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office is committed to engaging its many partners, from counties to Tribal Governments, education institutions, community-based organizations, and more, through events, webinars, meetings, convenings, and consultations. To request the California Census Office at a speaking engagement or event, please use the request form below.

To view Census Office archived events, visit https://census.ca.gov/archives/.

About Peer Learning Labs

Timing: Every Friday at 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm (call is recorded)

Purpose:
 A weekly virtual learning space where CA Census partners will share their current practices for 2020 Census addressing current topics, opportunities, and challenges. A focused conversation with partners will explore ways we can reach our hardest-to-count population.

Outcomes:

  • Enhance coordination and synergies by learning from one another’s good practices
  • Leverage opportunities to share resources and cross-promote activities


Process:
 The learning space will feature 2-3 practitioners who will present (10 minutes each) on a specific topic of potential relevance to Census outreach and will include templates and resources. Half of the time will be for participants to share their own experiences (on the topic) or ask questions. The session will be recorded for interested participants.  

Should you have any questions about the Peer Learning Labs, please reach out to outreach@census.ca.gov.

Upcoming Peer Learning Labs

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Completed Peer Learning Labs

Get Out the Count: Language & Communication Access

Date: August 28, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to recording

Topic: CA Census partners across California are reaching out to residents in ways that are linguistically and culturally appropriate so that they have equal and meaningful access to the importance and relevance of Census 2020.  

In this Peer Learning Lab, we will explore questions, such as: What strategies are you using to reach diverse populations, especially in those languages and communication methods that may not be considered as “top” languages in California? What messages are you using to provide access and the last push to fill out the Census for community members to ensure they are counted?  

Speakers:

  • Emma Gonzalez, San Mateo County Census 2020
  • Manpreet Kaur, Jakara Movement 
  • Sukaina Hussain, Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Susan Henderson, Disability Rights Education and Development Fund
  • Patricia Vazquez-Topete, CA Complete Count Office
  • Tho Vinh Banh, Moderator, CA Complete Count Committee 

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Get Out the Count: Outreach to Latinx

Date: August 21, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to recording

Topic: California’s 15 million Latinos make up about 30 percent of the state’s population and half are children. As the largest demographic group in the state, an undercount of Latinos will severely jeopardize California’s ability to obtain an equitable share of representation and federal resources. Latinos are more likely than non-Latinos to live in hard-to-count places, including in the low responding census tracts.

In this peer learning lab, we will explore questions, such as: With 30 days left to get out the count, what tactics are you using to encourage Latinx households to take the Census? How does data drive your strategy and what are effective messages now? How can elected officials engage their community to be counted?

Speakers:

  • Quintilia Ávila, Regional Program Manager and Southern California Lead – California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office
  • Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, City of Fresno
  • Councilmember Maria Nuñez, City of San Marcos
  • Dorian Caal, Director of Civic Engagement Research, NALEO 
  • Ely Flores, California Director of Civic Engagement, NALEO
  • Rachel R. Rios, Executive Director, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc.
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Final Call with California Calls: Reflection on Census Outreach to the African American Community

Date: August 7, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to recording

Topic: The California Black Census and Redistricting Hub, a network of over thirty Black-led and Black-serving organizations across the state, focused on maximizing participation in the upcoming census and redistricting process. The Hub used a mix of training, strategic communications, data and grassroots organizing to conduct targeted outreach campaigns. With the conclusion of their MyBlackCounts Campaign, we’ve invited the Hub team to reflect on their operations, especially during COVID-19.

In this peer learning lab, we will explore questions, such as: What worked well or hindered operations and outreach tactics? How did the partnership coordination work? Who were the partners? What is an example of a story that made a difference to Census 2020?

Speakers:

  • Ama Nyamekye, Project Manager Black Census and Redistricting Hub, California Calls
  • Kevin Cosney – Associate IVE Director, California Calls
  • Lanae Norwood  – Strategic Communications Consultant – MYBLACKCOUNTS.org
  • David Tucker, Facilitator, CA Complete Count Office

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Get Out the Count: Rural Communities

Date: July 17, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Coming soon!

Topic: The disruption to census operations in the wake of COVID-19 can be felt especially by rural communities and those with limited access to the internet. Partners have had to shift their tactics from face to face outreach to digital tactics and phone banking in hard-to-count and hard-to-reach communities. Now that the majority of rural households have received their census packets during Update Leave, the rural response rates are starting to increase.  

In this peer learning lab, we will explore questions, such as: What are the characteristics of the rural areas that make them unique? What are some of the tactics –specifically phone banking– that have been effective in reaching rural communities? How did you support language access and deploy culturally relevant strategies? What are some resources that other partners can use?  

Speakers:

  • Ricki McCarroll, Native People Count Campaign 
  • Pablo Rodriguez, Executive Director, Communities for a New California Education Fund  
  • Daniela Fernández, Community Engagement Specialist, Connecting Point  
  • Camila Chavez, Co- Founder and Executive Director, Dolores Huerta Foundation 
  • Mai Thao, Facilitator, CA Complete Count Office  

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Moving Faith Communities to Take Action

Date: July 10, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to archived event (Facebook Live)

Topic: Congregations and faith communities have deep relationships with and knowledge of people who are traditionally hard to count populations, making them a vital source of trusted messengers.

This Peer Learning Lab will expand our reach through our partners, Council on American-Islamic Relations – California, California Black Census and Redistricting Hub, Asian American Advancing Justice – LA, and PICO California.

We will explore the questions: What are tested Census outreach approaches that can move people to take the Census? Who are the grassroots leaders who can inspire their peers, elders, and community members to create a broader network of Census activation? How is Census outreach incorporated in faith teachings and activities in different languages?  

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Including the LGBTQ+ Community in Census

Date: June 26, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to archived event (Facebook Live)

Topic: California is home to the nation’s largest statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) population – and key LGBTQ+ population centers like West Hollywood and San Francisco – yet every decade, California’s diverse LGBTQ+ community finds ourselves undercounted, which denies us power, representation and funding for programs that the most vulnerable members of our community need to survive. Nationally, 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ families are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid – programs that are funded based on census data – which is nearly double the rate of non-LGBTQ+ families. Additionally, the LGBTQ+ community is remarkably diverse, existing within all communities.

This peer learning lab will explore questions, such as: What does this level of economic disparity and intersectionality mean for LGBTQ+ census outreach? What should we know about the LGBTQ+ experience when it comes to navigating the 2020 Census? What impact has the COVID-19 crisis had on LGBTQ+ outreach? How are community partners working on the ground to reach and then to lift up the voices of LGBTQ+ community?

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Native People Count California

Date: June 12, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to recording

Topic: California has the highest population of Native American and Tribal populations in the country. Yet, they are among the least likely to respond to the decennial Census. To ensure that they are counted, outreach is woven throughout the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office funding efforts. During this Peer Learning Lab, we will learn about how the California Indian Manpower Consortium and the California Native Vote Project are working statewide to reach this population, especially during the time where many of the tribal communities are impacted by the pandemic. We will learn about why his is the “hardest” of the hard to count populations and hear voices from urban and rural perspectives. We will also hear from a member of the Yurok Tribe (Northern California) who will talk about the creation and activities of the Northwest Intertribal Census Workgroup and the significance of the Census to Tribal communities.

This peer learning lab will explore questions, such as: What are the historical and contemporary reasons for Native Americans being underrepresented? What have been the structural barriers for outreach and what are unique outreach approaches?  How can other Census partners support the efforts? What are potential impacts of the Census outreach?

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For more information about Native People Count California outreach campaign

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Integrating Immigrants and Refugees into Census Outreach

Date: May 20, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to recording

Topic: Immigrants and Refugees are amongst our hard to count populations and both groups have an array of diversity of immigration status and ethnic backgrounds. During this peer learning hour, we will learn about their concerns and challenges, for example, some may be learning about the “Census” for the first time, while others may lack trust in government. We will learn about good practices for culturally sensitive outreach approaches for the Census.  

This peer learning hour will explore the questions: Who are the “immigrants and refugees” we are trying to reach? What do their perspectives and concerns indicate for census promotion and outreach approaches? How is Census outreach incorporated into existing services or places accessed by immigrant and refugees?

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Community Engagement with Diverse API Groups

Date: May 22, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to recording

Topic: The Asian and Pacific Islander American (API) community is diverse, ethnically, and linguistically, as well as their historical roots of coming to America. Among the 22+ million people that make up the API community, the highest number — 5 million can trace their roots to China and the lowest number – 125 people can trace their roots to the Maldives. Nearly all Asian immigrant groups from Bangladeshi to Vietnamese, have seen their communities increase between 30% to 100% in the past twenty years and Asians are now the fastest growing immigrant population in the US.  Census data is used by the API communities to understand the diversity of the community across a range of social indicators.

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Nurturing Community Knowledge Peer Learning Hour

Date: May 15, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to Recording

Topic: Trusted messengers from community-based organizations are key to Census outreach. In an interactive format, the partners will explore how their work is grounded in community values and is building on existing social justice infrastructure to engage and reach people who are so often left behind. How do trusted messengers and their organizations educate their community members about the census, while at the same time foster appreciation of traditional knowledge and identity? How does their Census outreach work with their networks, as well as utilize their proven approaches, to strengthen their communities’ resilience and cohesion? What impact has the COVID-19 crisis had on the outreach efforts?

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Engaging with Students in Higher Education

Date: May 8, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to recording

Topic: Schools and universities serve as a gateway to our hard to count communities. Students support outreach to their peers, family members, and community members. Students were the cornerstone, the key players, in census outreach on campus.  Currently, students are home and when they will return to college campuses is unknown. The questions we will address are: How do we reach college students who have left the campus? Who are the trusted messengers to reach this group?”

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Now What?

Date: May 1, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to Recording

Topic:  We will spring-off of our first strategy discussion to focus on “Now What?” The second Peer Learning Hour will focus on how two of our statewide partners are facing enormous challenges to reach children 0 to 5, people with disabilities, and older adults. The speakers will discuss the question: “Now What?” – when we come out of shelter-in-place, what do you see as the new landscape? How are you adjusting your operations to count those who have been undercounted in the past Census? How do we ensure access to communication and information

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Pivoting our Outreach Strategy

Date: April 24, 2020
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Recording: Link to Recording

TopicThe debut of our series of Peer Learning Hours will explore how partners are re-strategizing and creating new goals to shift their outreach activities at the local and national levels. The speakers will discuss the question: With the new shelter-in-place, what is your new strategy and activities? Do you have templates and tools to share with others?

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