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The U.S. Census Bureau announced today the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations and has named Eric Hamako as a member of the committee.
The National Advisory Committee will advise the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau“s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. The committee, which is comprised of 32 members from multiple disciplines, will advise the Census Bureau on topics such as housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race and ethnicity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other populations.
“We expect that the expertise of this committee will help us meet emerging challenges the Census Bureau faces in producing statistics about our diverse nation,” said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director. “By helping us better understand a variety of issues that affect statistical measurement, this committee will help ensure that the Census Bureau continues to provide relevant and timely statistics used by federal, state and local governments as well as business and industry in an increasingly technologically oriented society.”
The National Advisory Committee members, who serve at the discretion of the Census Bureau director, are chosen to serve based on expertise and knowledge of the cultural patterns, issues and/or statistical needs of hard-to-count populations.
Eric Hamako has been involved in mixed-race student and community organizing since 2000. Currently completing his doctorate in social justice education at the University of Massachusetts, Hamako studies how community education can support mixed-race people's political movements and ways to incorporate stronger anti-racist frameworks into those educational efforts. Hamako has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts, Ithaca College, and the Smith College School for Social Work. As an independent trainer and consultant, Hamako has presented on multiraciality and other social justice issues to universities, professional associations and community organizations across the United States.