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U.S. Census Bureau Celebrates Role in U.S. Constitution that Requires a Census Count of Everyone in the United States

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Article I, Section II of the U.S. Constitution mandates a population count of the U.S. every 10 years. Today, the U.S. Census Bureau celebrated its role in the Constitution at events in Philadelphia next to Independence Hall to educate the public about the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census. “The Census Bureau is well on its way to...

How 11 Million Minority-Owned Firms Can Close the Wealth Gap and Drive the U.S. Economy

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The following is a cross-post from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), in collaboration with the Milken Institute, convened prominent scholars, economists and business leaders to combine research efforts in support of the growth and expansion of minority business enterprises (MBEs). Fifty years after the...

Census Bureau Launches Updated 2020 Census Website

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently launched a new version of 2020census.gov. The new website adds features, resources and materials to help inform the public about the 2020 Census. The site includes dozens of new Statistics in Schools materials, a new webpage to share facts about the 2020 Census, information on applying for jobs , and frequently asked questions (FAQs). The new Statistics in Schools...

Spotlight on Commerce: Catalina Martinez, Regional Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Growing up in a hardworking, traditional Cuban family of little means, I was pulled out of school often as a child to help care for my sick grandmother and to work to help the family in other ways. My grandparents believed that girls didn’t need an education, and that only boys should go to school. Thankfully, I grew up in a very diverse community, so I knew there was more out there for girls than...

First-generation Professionals Bring "Cultural Competence" to the Workforce

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Posted with permission from cyberFEDS The Department of Commerce is trying to expand the diversity and inclusion conversation with a "cutting edge initiative" to ensure socioeconomic status is considered along with traditional diversity dimensions such as race, ethnicity, gender, and national origin, Tinisha Agramonte, director of the Commerce Department's Office of Civil Rights, told cyberFEDS....

Spotlight on Commerce: Charles Clark, Jr., Director, Office of Human Capital Strategy and Diversity

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Blog post by Charles Clark, Jr., Director, Office of Human Capital Strategy and Diversity My name is Charles and I am a first-generation professional from Detroit, Michigan. I am the oldest of three boys raised by a single mother who never made more than $6/hr her entire life. I am a product of a mother with a strong work ethic, dedication, determination, and love, but also a beneficiary of...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ana Valentin, Enterprise Service Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Blog post by Ana Valentin, Enterprise Service Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) My name is Ana Valentín. I am a first-generation professional and I inspired 50% of my family’s next generation to complete a degree, and soon to be 90% by 2021. I did not have an easy ride going to college and entering the professional workplace. Living in a rural area required me...

Spotlight on Commerce: David Ziaya, Chief Administrative Officer U.S. Census Bureau

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Blog post by David Ziaya, Chief Administrative Officer U.S. Census Bureau My name is David Ziaya and I am currently the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau. I am a first-generation professional from a small, rural-based community of roughly 1,400 people in Michigan. Going to college was always the plan for me although my family couldn’t afford it. I earned some scholarships as...