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KVNO Diversity Statement

KVNO does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. As a unit of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, it complies with all policies enforced by federal law under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Board of Regents’ policies. All KVNO staff receive annual diversity training from both the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

KVNO carries out its mission to elevate life through classical music programming on air and streaming online while keeping diversity at the forefront. Our staff is comprised of a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, ages, and religious beliefs, and we consistently seek out diversity when hiring. In addition, we employ student workers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, including a number of students from international programs.

KVNO also covers the diverse arts community in the Omaha metro with reports on galleries, performances, artists, writers, and works that are of interest to its audience and that celebrate diversity. Job openings are advertised with a special effort to recruit from minority and under-represented populations by placing announcements in publications and websites that represent those populations.

KVNO has produced a number of programs that focus on diversity, specifically a program that highlighted the contributions of African American composers and performers in classical music, another program that examined the 13th Amendment banning slavery through the lens of classical music, and finally a program that explored diversity in classical music across the spectrum. Other programming reaches further to feature Hispanic composers and performers, the contributions of women to classical music, and music that reflects the larger community of Omaha, its surrounding area, and the global population that the station reaches online.

The KVNO Classical Kid program has specifically addressed the diverse youth population in the Omaha area by featuring young musicians and presenting them with a small scholarship. The students represent a cross-section of the Omaha area community.

KVNO will continue to seek diversity in our staff and programming by recruiting employees and contractors, both on-air and off-air, in compliance with the laws and mission mentioned above. We will also continue to create programming that addresses the diverse nature of our listenership, with a commitment to represent current, future and all potential audience members who listen to KVNO, and that helps to break down barriers within the broader classical music industry.