Black Census 2022

HBCU Campus Ambassadors join the Black Census Project to get 250,000 Black people counted

HBCU Campus Ambassadors join the Black Census Project to get 250,000 Black people counted

The Black Census Project has recruited Campus Ambassadors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to ensure classmates, faculty, administration, and alumni are aware, excited, and engaged in the Black Census Project. The second offered by Black Futures Lab, 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.”

HBCU Campus Ambassadors engage 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. At the end of the competition, the student ambassadors will be entered into a raffle where one will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship. The institution will also receive a $5,000 matching donation.

West Virginia is home to two HBCUs, Bluefield State University and West Virginia State University.


For more information about the Black Census Project or to connect with Alicia Garza and leaders of the partner organizations, please contact Chelsea Fuller, Please note that regular updates about the Black Census Project are forthcoming.

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