Resources from ADP/PEP at Stockton

ADP/PEP regularly hosts programs and develops resources to help members of the Stockton community navigate the political process--use these resources to maximize the impact of your political involvement and advocacy efforts. 

Interesting learning about how can safely and effectively engage in protest? 

In fall 2020, we hosted a conversation with Stockton student leaders on their experience organizing and facilitating protests focused on racial justice during summer 2020. (Video of this panel discussion will be made available soon). 

In this panel discussion, we discussed some tips for how to protest safely. Please check out these resources for additional helpful guidance: 

Your Guide to Census 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census counts each resident of the country. ADP/PEP has assembled information about the Census, its administration and its effects to help explain this important process. This page includes useful information for students about how they should participate in the Census and for faculty who want to discuss the Census in their courses.


Want a quick overview of almost everything you need to know about the Census?

Check out this video created by Egg Harbor Township High School students about the Census and why it matters. This is the winning video from the YB Counted contest hosted by the League of Women Voters of Atlantic County.


Want to know more? 

Click on the questions below for answers, information and resources. 

The Census is a complete count of the U.S. population conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census counts the residents of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The U.S. Constitution requires this count of the country’s population every 10 years. 

Census data are used to guide policymaking and funding decisions. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds and grants to states, counties and communities is shaped by Census data. In New Jersey alone, more than $21 billion in federal spending each year is allocated based on Census data.

Census data are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the House of Representatives and to draw congressional and state legislative district boundaries. This reapportionment and redistricting will happen next year based on the Census data gathered in 2020.


Click here for a handout from the Census Bureau that offers an overview of how Census data are used. 

There should be one Census form completed for each household. The Census asks how many people are living in the household as well as names, sex, age, race, ethnicity and age of all residents of the household. The Census asks respondents to provide information about whether the home is owned or rented. The Census form also asks respondents to provide their telephone number--the Census Bureau will not share the phone number provided and will only call if needed for official Census business. 


Click here for a handout from the Census Bureau that explains what information is collected in the Census and why.

Personal information disclosed in the Census is kept confidential. The Census Bureau cannot release any identifying information gathered in the Census to law enforcement or other government agencies and the information in responses cannot be used against respondents by a government agency or court. 

In addition, the Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.


Want to know how you can participate in the 2020 Census?

Every household in the country is required to complete the Census, counting any person living at the residence on April 1st, 2020. Only one Census form should be completed for each household.

In mid-March, every household will receive information about the Census in the mail, which will include detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail

The Census might be confusing for students. It can be unclear whether you should complete the Census yourself or whether your parents are still counting you on their Census form. Here are the basics for how Stockton students should approach the Census: 

  • Students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
  • Students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020.
  • There will be a process in place at Stockton for students living in on-campus housing. (ADP/PEP will be finding out more about this process at Stockton--check back for more information soon!)


Want to bring the Census into your classes?  

The Census Bureau collaborated with educators from across the country to create a set of engaging classroom activities to help students understand the Census, how it works and why it matters. These activities are part of their Statistics in Schools curriculum, created for use in K-12 schools. The content and structure of the activities designed for high school students can be adapted to our own college classrooms. Here are a few recommended activities that you can consider incorporating into your courses: 

  • My Census. In this activity, students design a Census to decide how to distribute a (hypothetical) $50,000 grant for their school.
  • Community Change. In this activity, students use Census data to analyze population growth and decline as well as migration trends in county populations.
  • Opportunity Atlas. In this activity, students use Census data to analyze demographic trends and identify what factors impact social mobility.
  • Census Infographic. In this activity, students use Census data to develop an informative infographic.


Want even more information?

The Census Bureau maintains a useful website for this year’s Census--visit for any additional information about the Census that you need.

How to Contact Congress 

How to Contact Congress slides

In this PowerPoint presentation, you'll find step-by-step information to make your contacts with your Representatives and Senators effective and impactful. Apply the same tips in your contacts with your elected officials at any level. 

Contacting Congress handout

This two-page handout offers a quick reference to help you reach to your members of Congress effectively. 

How to Organize in Politics

How to Organize in Politics slides

In this PowerPoint presentation, you'll find information about different ways to get involved in politics--through organized groups, through political parties, and through local governing boards. 


Community & Government Resources

Community Partners

Do you want to find community partners? Check out the following links:


Need to contact/find your local, state or federal government officials? The following links will help:

Local Government

See something in your community that needs fixing, but not sure who to contact in your local government? Visit SeeClickFix!

State Government

Federal Government


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