ACCESS director appointed to Census committee

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services Executive Director Hassan Jaber was appointed by the U.S. Census Bureau to serve on a committee that oversees ethnic and other populations.

Jaber was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Census Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

ACCESS announced the news on Aug. 22.

Census Director Robert Groves said in published reports that Jaber’s knowledge and experience serving Arab-Americans will help the bureau with its process of collecting statistics.

The committee — formed in March — is a way to showcase the number of residents in the United States who are of Middle Eastern heritage; currently the bureau does not have a category for Arab Americans.

The mission of the Census is to serve as the main source of “quality data” about the nation’s people and economy, according to its website.

Jaber did not return phone calls seeking comment by press time.

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