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Census Bureau to Host 2020 Census Interfaith Partner Summit

Faith-based leaders from across the nation gather for a moderated panel discussion about the 2020 Census.

Release Number CB20-CN.10


The U.S. Census Bureau will host an Interfaith Partner Summit with faith-based leaders from across the nation for a moderated panel discussion about the 2020 Census. Leaders of faith are trusted voices within their communities and have been key partners in previous census counts helping to ensure an accurate and complete count of their congregations. The summit will include leaders of diverse religious traditions and practices and faith-based community organizations from across the country.

This event kicks off an awareness campaign to generate excitement within faith communities about the upcoming Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action, March 27-29, 2020. Building on 2020 Census faith outreach well underway, the weekend will take place at services, houses of worship, or faith community events as a coordinated opportunity for faith leaders to encourage everyone, including hard-to-count individuals and families, to respond to the 2020 Census.

The moderated panel discussion will be followed by a media Q&A and availability for one-on-one interviews with Census Bureau leadership and a diverse group of faith leaders engaged in 2020 Census outreach.


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (EST)


Washington National Cathedral (Charles A. Perry Auditorium), 3101 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., 20016


Please contact the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at All interviews will be conducted after the program.

The following individuals are currently confirmed to make remarks and be available for interviews- the Census Bureau will announce additional attendee media availability as the date of the event draws closer.

  • Steven Dillingham, director, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Kevin Eckstrom, Chief Communications Officer, National Cathedral 
  • Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr., Canon Missioner, National Cathedral 
  • Bishop Reginald Jackson, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 6th District of Georgia
  • Rev. Gabriel Salguero, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  • Hurunnessa Fariad, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center
  • Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Catholic Health Association
  • Rabbi Menachem Creditor, United Jewish Appeal (UJA)-Federation
  • Vikshu Kumar Gurung, Founder of the Buddhist Society of Nebraska


Members of the media who wish to attend in person or via livestream, please RSVP here. You will receive an email confirmation with the livestream link.

Access to the National Cathedral:

Please arrive early to set up for the news conference. Wi-Fi is available in the building, but please bring your own air card or hot spot as a backup. 


Parking is available on site in the National Cathedral’s underground parking garage. There is also street parking nearby.

Public Transportation:

There are Metro buses from Tenleytown, Dupont Circle and Woodley Park to the National Cathedral. Visit here for specific directions.

Online Press Kit

Event materials will be posted online shortly after the event begins and can be accessed by visiting the Census Bureau Newsroom. The event wlll also be webast live. To view the event online, visit the Census Live page at


Public Information Office