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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.

For more information, email Jeremy Kaler at and Zachary Quinones at Additional resources can be found at Life@Fairfield in Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Portal.

2020 Census - April 1, 2020

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.

Census FAQ’s

Where you are going to be sleeping on April 1st will be your address, most likely on campus.

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.

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

1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, Connecticut 06824.

Whatever your address will be when you go to bed the night of the census.


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

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