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Latino Census Network
The National Institute for Latino Policy has been a leader in promoting the participation of the Latino community on issues related to the work of the US Bureau of the Census. Given the importance of Census data to the Latino community, NiLP created the Latino Census Network in 2007 to promote full Latino participation in the 2010 Census and beyond. The Latino Census Network has become the leading national clearinghouse on Census issues affecting the Latino population in the United States.

NiLP has also been designated by the Census Bureau as a Census Information Center (CIC), an official repository of Census data. NiLP has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Bureau's CIC Program and published a study, Data Disemination to Communities of Color: The Role of the Census Information Centers, that discusses the challenges of promoting the utilization of Census data in Latino and other historically underserved communities. Through NiLP's Latino Datanote briefs, Census and other data and statistics on Latinos are disseminated.

NiLP's President, Angelo Falcón, serves as a volunteer advisor to the Census Bureau. He was the Chair of the Census Bureau's Advisory Committee on the Hispanic Population for a number of years and has served as a founding member on the Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. He also co-chairs the Census Subcommittee of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA).

In promoting a community-based Latino Census agenda, NiLP has worked to develop an ongoing relationship between the Census Bureau and the Latino community through meetings between senior Census officials and Latino community leaders and in other ways. NiLP is currently leading a discussion of the implications for the Latino community of Census Bureau recommendations to change the way they count Hispanics and racial groups. For a discussion of Latino leadership views on this issue, click here. For a preview of the forthcoming NiLP iReport, "The Hispanic Question and the 2020 Census," click here. Also see.

NiLP has also taken the lead in questioning the Census Bureau serious underrepresentation of Latinos on ts staff. More recently, NiLP pointed out this problem in terms of the membership of the Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Etnic and Other Populations.

To join the Latino Policy Network, write to census@latinopolicy.org, or do so through membership in The NiLP Network on Latino Issues by clicking here.
Panel discussion on "The US Census: The Future of Racial and Ethnic Categories" held at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (March 2010)