Make the Census Count for New York

Office of the President

April 2, 2020

Dear Graduate Center Colleagues,

I know we are all busy thinking how we protect ourselves, our families, and our communities and get through this public health crisis. But there is another pressing need that I urge you not to forget about as it will affect our readiness for future health emergencies. Each of us must complete the 2020 census at

Consider that our ability to address a wide variety of important public needs — from disaster planning, to education, transportation and public health — is the direct result of our census responses. The census determines how the federal government allocates more than $675 billion a year. The funding our city relies on will be jeopardized unless we all — every household — respond to the census.

Our political clout in Washington is also at risk. New York State could lose two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. If we have fewer people fighting for us, our voices will be diminished.

Complete the 2020 census online or by phone and eliminate the need for a census worker to visit your home, which is safer for everyone. The toll-free number to complete the census in English is 844-330-2020. On this form, you will find toll-free numbers in 12 additional languages.

Right now, New York City's response rate is lower than that of the country as a wholeCUNY is working hard to reverse this trend, and we need your help. A reminder that:

  • Your immigration status doesn't matter (there is no citizenship question)
  • Your language doesn't matter (the census will collect responses in 13 languages)
  • Your age doesn't matter (babies count too)

Completing the census is easy. There are only 10 questions — and you can do it online, by phone, or by mail. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete, but the impact will be felt for the next 10 years.

We have only one chance a decade to get this right. Complete the census right now at and tell two people to do the same.

Thank you and take good care.


James Muyskens
Interim President

Submitted on: APR 2, 2020

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