DIVERSITY IN OMAHA

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Opportunity in Omaha is Not Yet Equitable. We’re Working on It.

Omaha is a vibrant, prosperous city with a low unemployment rate and cost of living. We pride ourselves on unique attractions and consistently find ourselves on “Best Places to Live” lists. Yet, in numerous indicator areas, marginalized populations report disparities significantly higher than that of peers.

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of the Greater Omaha population is projected to be minorities by 2050

2021 CODE Organizational Assessment Regional Report 

Each year, CODE Employer Coalition members are given the option to participate in an assessment. Each participating organization receives access to a dashboard containing their data and an executive summary with recommendations based on academic research. Additionally, the results are aggregated into a regional report to help the community identify areas for improvement related to workplace diversity and inclusion.

In the fall of 2021, responses were collected from 3,735 employees from 21 organizations total. Of those 21 organizations, three were designated as Large (500 or more employees), six were categorized as Mid-Sized (100-499 employees), seven were categorized as Small (20-99 employees), and five were categorized as Emerging (1-19 employees). 

Workplace Representation Compared to Douglas County Population.

Findings from the Fall 2021 CODE Assessment show that there is substantially less diversity among leaders than there is among individual contributors, particularly with respect to gender and racial/ethnic group diversity. Indeed, there are more women than men among individual contributors, but about half as many women as men among top leaders and executives. Similarly, there are precipitous drops in the number of mid-managers and top executives of color. 

The charts below compare the demographics of greater Douglas County with those of the 21 organizations that participated in the assessment.

Career and Opportunity for Minorities in Omaha

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of Black young professionals surveyed aspire to own a small business

%

of Omaha’s minority population owns a business. This is lower than the national average (7.0%)

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of all Omaha young professionals surveyed felt their workplace was not diverse

%

of Black young professionals surveyed felt they have equal opportunity for promotion and advancement

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