ATLANTA, Ga. — Over the past three weeks, the Black Census Project has recruited Campus Ambassadors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Campus Ambassadors are ramping up to ensure classmates, faculty, administration, and alumni are aware, excited, and engaged in the Black Census Project.
The 2022 Black Census is poised to be the largest national survey of Black people across class, disability, gender, geography, immigration status, and sexuality.
The collected information will clarify the diversity of wants and needs that Black people imagine for our communities.
Leaders of the project see it as an opportunity for Black people to engage in a conversation together about the things that must materialize for all Black people across experiences to have safe, thriving lives. “Too often Black people are spoken about or spoken for, but are not actually listened to,” said Alicia Garza, Founder of Black Futures Lab. “The Black Census Project is an offering that we hope will aid the work of building power for Black people in sustainable ways, and connecting with Black college students and those working inside of historically Black institutions is an essential part of that work.”
The HBCU Campus Ambassadors will begin engaging their schools to encourage their classmates in person and via social media to complete the Black Census.
The Black Census Project is dedicated to ensuring the voices of Black students and the broader HBCU community are included. The school with the most surveys completed will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the student ambassador at the end of the competition. The institution will also receive a $5,000 matching donation.
Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power, and changing the way that power operates— locally, statewide, and nationally.
We work to understand the dynamics impacting our communities, we build the capacity of our communities to govern, and we engage and include Black people in the decisions that impact our lives.
Our mission is to engage Black communities year round, using our political strength to stop corporate influences from creeping into public policies, and combining technology and traditional organizing methods to reach Black people anywhere and everywhere we are blackfutureslab.org
For more information about the Black Census Project or to connect with Alicia Garza and leaders of the partner organizations, please contact Chelsea Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org.