Census 2020: A Question of Citizenship?

Date & Time

November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


180 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA



NOTE: New Location: Newcomb Hall Theater, located on the Lower Level of Newcomb Hall, which is next to the University Bookstore and the Central Grounds Parking Garage.

Parking: Central Grounds Parking Garage is open on a first-come, first-served basis for $15 per car.


Next year’s census has already proven to be one of the most anticipated and controversial constitutionally grounded headcounts in U.S. history. While the debate around the necessity or legality of the “citizenship” question has fueled much of the discussion in political and social circles alike, what is often overlooked or misunderstood about the census is its relationship to American citizenship – or our responsibilities in participatory government and civic engagement beyond voting. This conversation will engage participants and explore notions of citizenship historically as well as propose a call to action for individuals across the United States of America to be better citizens through service, collective action, and a belief in the power of democratic community. Prior to this event, one question to consider is: What does citizenship mean to you?


Larry Terry

Director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; Lecturer of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Larry Terry is the Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining UVA, Terry was the Director of the Urban SERCH Institute at the University of North Texas at Dallas. The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service exists to inform public policy, deliver public service and develop and inspire public leaders. Faculty and staff at the center participate in the life of the University through joint academic appointments, teaching, research and other service to the mission of the University.

Terry holds a PhD in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MPA in public administration from San Diego State University, and a BA in black studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.