Feb. 24 declared Carolina Census Awareness Day
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has declared Wednesday, Feb. 24, as Carolina Census Awareness Day.
Dr. Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, urged the university community to recognize the widespread ramifications of the census.
“It is important that all members of the University of South Carolina family be counted in this once-a-decade enumeration of the American population,” he said. “For many students, this will be the first census in which you will not be counted as a member of your own family. Students living on or off campus, but not in their family homes, are considered as their own household and are responsible for completing their own census form.”
Among the many areas of life that will be affected is South Carolina’s representation in Congress, which is determined by the number of its residents. Federal funds allocated to South Carolina are, in many cases, on a per-capita basis. That can mean as much as $1,200 per household in federal funds to enhance the state’s resources.
Students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host Carolina Census Awareness Day on Greene Street in front of Russell House from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.