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Changing Demographics and the Importance of the Census


Tuesday, September 18            

6 p.m. - Free Pizza and Salad Buffet          6:30 p.m. - Program

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N


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Susan Brower - State Demographer
- A recent Star Tribune article highlighted what’s at stake and how Minnesotans are preparing for
the 2020 Census. Susan Brower’s office of demographic experts helps lead Minnesota’s effort to ensure everyone is counted. She’ll talk about the state’s changing demographics, the importance of the census, and why at least one proposed census question is controversial.

susan browerSusan Brower has directed the MN State Demographic Center since February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state to talk with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.

Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul. Prior to that, she worked at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.  Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


Ellisa Johnson, 2020 Census Partnership Coordinator for the Chicago Region, will explain the 2020 Census Planning Process, employment opportunities related to the Census, the impact the Census can have on Minnesota, and why it is important for everyone to participate in the Census.
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Denise Butler, Program Coordinator, African Career, Education, & Resources will describe how young people can prepare to participate in Census activities

You will have an opportunity for questions and discussion after the presentations.







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