The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community. We are a non-profit organization of African-American professionals and volunteers in the credit union industry.
"To increase diversity within the credit
union community through advocacy
and professional development."
AACUC Statement on Diversity
The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) recognizes the differences and distinctions of each individual, group, or organization that are represented in society and within the credit union movement. In alignment with the AACUC’s history and goals, we define diversity in our mission to express the inclusion, advocacy, and support of African-Americans throughout the credit union community and at large. Notwithstanding, the AACUC welcomes the membership of all individuals, groups and organizations in furtherance of its mission to strengthen the global credit union movement.
Calendar of Events
The AACUC's 5-part
Commitment to Change Virtual Event
Monday, August 10th – Friday, August 14th
Conversation Series is designed to inspire and empower credit union professionals to lead with a mindset of diversity, equity and inclusion during these challenging racial and public health crises to better represent and serve communities of color.
Handling Emotions & Healing a Community
Monday, August 10, 2020, 3pm ET / 12pm PT
Leadership in Times of Crisis
Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 3pm ET / 12pm PT
Taking Action to Affect Change
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 3pm ET / 12pm PT
Road to Financial Equality
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 3pm ET / 12pm PT
Here, Now, Forever DEI
Friday, August 14, 2020, 3pm ET / 12pm PT
AACUC 22nd Annual Conference
August 17 - August 20, 2021
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
AACUC Commitment to Change Boosted through
Long-term Support from BECU
The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) is pleased to announce a commitment from BECU, one of the country’s largest community credit union, of $500,000 over the next five years.
The gift is intended to support AACUC’s mission to:
Increase the overall interest and strength of the credit union movement in the Pacific Northwest region.
Strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion with a focus on African Americans in the credit union industry, membership opportunities and access to training and development.
Assist in creation of curriculum aimed at addressing wealth equity in communities of color.
Support the development of a model focused on reaching and building partnerships in diverse communities for large credit unions.
“At BECU, we are committed to bringing people together to improve the financial well-being of our members and their communities, and that includes supporting equitable access to financial tools, education and resources,” said Benson Porter, BECU’s president and chief executive officer. “AACUC’s important work exemplifies the cooperative spirit, of which many credit unions were founded, by bringing the industry together to lead change for communities of color.”
“By partnering with AACUC, we are committed to supporting the collective work to empower our communities through financial education, remove barriers to increase the earning potential of underserved individuals, and promote the personal and professional growth of diverse members and advocates,” said Solynn McCurdy, BECU’s senior vice president of Social Impact. “Only together can we begin to make meaningful impacts and strengthen the financial health of our Black members and communities.”
“Support from corporate partners, like BECU, further an optimistic outlook for the credit union movement. We are hopeful that other credit unions and organizations will follow their example and invest in the future of credit unions. We are grateful for the support and the outward Commitment to Change that BECU and its leaders have taken,” said Renée Sattiewhite, AACUC president and chief executive officer.
AACUC urges all credit union professionals to see their colleagues through a different lens, especially colleagues of color. Going forward, interaction must consist of empathetic, honest, respectful, and thoughtful discussions that are geared toward understanding not blame.
“I am convinced more now than ever that the credit union industry can lead the nation in eliminating racial discrimination. Credit union leaders do not have all the answers but as practitioners of financial institutions we have a commodity that everyone needs,” said Renée Sattiewhite.
To learn more, participate and support the “Commitment to Change” initiative, visit or email Renée Sattiewhite at firstname.lastname@example.org.