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The Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement initiative is run out of the Office of Student Engagement. Our mission is to aid in the development of student's civic-identity by creating opportunities for sustained learning and democratic engagement both on and off-campus.

The Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Project is comprised of a diverse group of community experts, scholars, and other passionate members of our campus community, who want to build a stronger, more just, and more engaged campus community. We welcome folks from across the political spectrum, regardless of ideology or party-affiliation, who share in our vision for investing in and fostering a culture of civic and democratic engagement at Fairfield University.

The project empowers our students to engage in challenging, yet civil dialogue around the most pressing issues of today. By creating spaces and opportunities for students to engage in these conversations, we are fostering the growth and development of a culture whereby students feel empowered and have the necessary skills to assume leadership in their communities, whether that be on campus, in the local Fairfield community, or wherever they call home.


2020 Census - April 1, 2020

Click here to be directed to the 2020 Census website for more clarification. 

General Information:

Why is it important to fill out the census?

  1. Distribution of federal funds: There is over $600 billion in federal funds to be distributed to the states based on an accurate population count. This includes hospitals, roads and highways, and schools.
  2. Representation and Districting: With an accurate count of people in the United States, state legislatures can begin to re-shape our districts and potentially add or subtract the number of representatives per state. Some states may have a higher population count than expected and will get more representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  3. It helps the government work for you, as it tells our congressmen/women who we are in our communities and what we need.
  4. It helps grow industry. Census data is used to locate potential markets for businesses to enter to support communities.
  5. It serves as historical documentation of past family members which can be used to establish your age, residence, relationship and possibly obtain an inheritance. Using this family data, you can also study your family’s heritage in the United States.
  6. The census is also used as evidence in litigation involving land use, voting rights, and equal opportunity.


What address do I use when filling out the census?
Where you are going to be sleeping on April 1st will be your address, most likely on campus.

Where do I go to fill out the census?
The census will be digital this year, so whenever you have the time to complete it, you can do it from your personal computer, phone or tablet.

Who can fill out the census?
Anyone. The census is a count of all people in the United States at the time that the census it taking place.

What address do I fill out on the census if I live on campus?
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, Connecticut 06824.

What address do I fill out on the census if I live off-campus?
Whatever your address will be when you go to bed the night of the census.

Who should I talk to about filling out the census on campus?
Feel free to email the following:

  • Jeremy Kaler, Associate Director of Student Engagement, Undergraduate Student Life and Development:
  • Zachary Quinones, Program Coordinator, Office of Student Engagement:

2020 Candidates And Election Information

As the election cycle begins, it is important to know who is actually running. As their campaigns move forward, so will this website and the information provided.

Interactive Resources

With so much information out there, and with most of it contradictory and confusing, we know it can be hard (and a little overwhelming) to figure out where to even begin to explore your own political identity.

Absentee Ballots

Important information regarding absentee ballots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions regarding voting and the election.

Contact Us

Any other questions? Email us or visit us on Life@Fairfield in Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Portal.

Jeremy Kaler:
Zachary Quinones:

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