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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 Mary A. McGehee 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.
Mary A. McGehee is the section chief for the survey unit in the Health Statistics Branch at the Arkansas Department of Health. She teaches part time for the University of Phoenix Little Rock local campus and for the online campus. She holds adjunct positions with the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the University of Arkansas Public Policy Ph.D. program. She has a doctorate in sociology with concentrations in demography and rural sociology from Texas A&M University. She has a master’s degree in gerontology, as well as bachelor's degrees in accounting and computer science, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.