U.S. Census Bureau figures from 2012 showed that for the first time minorities made up a majority of babies born in the United States. By the year 2040, demographers predict the U.S will be “majority minority,” with racial and ethnic minorities making up the majority of the U.S. population.
We are also in the midst of other sweeping trends including the aging of the Baby Boom generation, continuing urbanization, growing economic inequality, and residential self-sorting of citizens by political and other affiliation.
At Creighton University, we developed The 2040 Initiative to provide a forum for addressing the challenging issues that arise when these demographic trends intersect with law and politics.
The Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2040 non-Hispanic whites will become a minority in the United States as a whole. This racial and ethnic shift is only one of several major demographic transformations anticipated over the next generation, among them the aging of the Baby Boom generation, continuing urbanization, growing economic inequality, and residential self-sorting of citizens by political and other affiliation.
These shifts, operating both separately and together, will have substantial repercussions. We as a nation will be called upon to
- Create bridges to move past political polarization to address challenges including immigration, criminal justice, housing, energy, and the environment
- Articulate a collective identity going forward that embraces those with a broad range of characteristics and worldviews
- Provide health care as the population ages
- Address geographical concentrations and divisions of racial, ethnic, political, and other groups
- Bring the nation’s children into productive adulthood through education and connection to entrepreneurial and other economic opportunity
- Renew essential physical and institutional infrastructure
- Confront economic inequality and other phenomena that are contributing to social division and frayed social trust
Creighton’s 2040 Initiative develops connections among demographics, politics, law, and other disciplines and areas of practice. We provide space for discussion of the implications of identified trends. We offer context and perspective for those who are grappling with these issues in practice.
To accomplish its mission, Creighton’s 2040 Initiative:
- Maintains this website and accompanying blog with featured contributors and links to 2040-related sites, news items, and articles
- Conducts an interdisciplinary seminar for Creighton undergraduate and graduate students
- Hosts speakers on 2040-related trends and other community events
- Convenes public officials to discuss 2040-related issues and how to address them
- Organizes academic presentations and conferences to develop awareness and deepen understanding of the identified demographic shifts and their implications
To contribute to Creighton’s 2040 Initiative blog or for more information, please contact the Director, palmastrand [at] creighton [dot] edu (subject: 2040%20institute) (Professor Palma Strand).