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Campus community encouraged to participate in census

MADISON (WKOW) -- With the 2010 Census starting in the next week, UW-Madison officials are asking campus community members to take part.

The results of the 2010 Census will be used to help Madison and Dane County receive a fair share of $400 billion in federal funding. That money can be used for schools, health facilities, transportation and local programs.

"UW-Madison believes that participating in the Census - and supporting Madison and Dane County - is very important," says University of Wisconsin-Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam, noting that an all-campus e-mail is going out to students, faculty and staff with Census information.

"We're asking all of the members of our community to take just a few moments out of our busy lives to fill out the form," she adds.

Campus officials are asking community members to take  part by doing the following things:

- Students, faculty and staff living in local houses or apartments will receive a Census form in the mail sometime after Monday, March 15. Please fill it out and mail back in promptly.

If you're a student who lives with roommates, all students living at the address are considered one household, so only one form should be completed, including information about all the people living at that address.

- Students living in University Housing will receive forms in hall mailboxes during the week of April 12. Please return the form to the Census table in your hall lobby. More details will be provided directly to you after spring break.

For more information about international students, the Greek Community, and other campus populations, click here.

All students are intended to be counted in Madison, since the Census is designed to be a "snapshot of America" as the country exists this April.

The 2010 Census form is expected to be one of the shortest in U.S. history. It only contains ten questions and is supposed to take about ten minutes to complete. For Housing residents, the form is expected to be even shorter. Strict confidentiality rules protect any information provided on the form.

The "Portrait of America Road Tour" visited State Street Mall on Wednesday to give students and other university community members a chance to learn about the importance of the Census and why they should be counted.

The Road Tour stop will  have displays, giveaways, and people on hand to answer questions. Attendees will get a chance to contribute their own stories and photos to the Portrait of America project, as well as view messages from other road tour participants explaining how the census will make a difference in their communities.

Soon, a Census Questionnaire Assistance Center will open in the Memorial Union to offer extra help.

For more information click here or here.

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