MSU PLS Chair Dr. Corwin Smidt to discuss what the U.S. Census results mean for Michigan

Tue, September 14, 2021 11:00 AM at Online

As the new Michigan State University term begins, the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research will host its first Fall 2021 Public Policy Forums Series with a review of recent results from the 2020 census on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at noon online.

Registration is open now on the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) website. The public is welcome to attend the Zoom session. Registrants will be emailed access information the day before the event. All IPPSR Public Policy Forums are free of charge.

This forum will discuss the results of the recent census' value to the state, including but not limited to, the drawing of voting districts currently underway.

The United States dates its first census back to 1790 as the country grew and needed more information about its people and its economy. The decennial census -- conducted every 10 years -- gives us valuable insights into our history and our present trends and yields the data necessary to draw the lines for districts from which we elect members for state legislature and the U.S. Congress, as well as calculate distribution of federal funding.

Our speakers include:

Kerry Ebersole Singh. Office of the Governor. Statewide 2020 Census Director.

Victoria Kovari. Executive Director, Detroit 2020 Census Campaign and Special Assistant to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Corwin Smidt. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Michigan State University.

Sign up now for an informative session on the census and what it means for Michigan.

The popular Public Policy Forum series invites a broad audience of decision makers and community members to explore critical, policy-relevant issues under discussion by state and regional leaders.

Fall Forums are now scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

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As a unit of the College of Social Science, IPPSR is focused on public policy, political leadership and survey research. It administers the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research Program, the Office for Survey Research and State of the State Survey.

IPPSR is also known for its Michigan Policy Wonk Blog, State of the State Podcast, Michigan Policy Insiders Panel, Correlates of State Policy, Michigan Applied Public Policy Research grants, Public Policy Student Fellowships and IPPSR Affiliated Faculty from across the MSU campus.

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