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Why does the Census use the terminology that it does?

Identity is personal and complex, so we looked at a wide variety of terminology and considered many ways to collect this information. Feedback from our students was critical in designing the Census questions. In every response, you have the opportunity to list how you want to identify, beyond the list of options provided. Terminology is fluid and you may change how you want to identify – that’s why you have the option to change your responses at any time.

You can also provide feedback on the Census questions and the terminology used. You can do this in the census questionnaire itself, or via email to We’ll continue to review student feedback regularly to make sure the Census adequately reflects our community.