First-Ever ‘DEI Tuesday’ to be Held During GAC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first-ever “DEI Tuesday” has been scheduled for this year’s CUNA GAC.

To help raise awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion, #DEITuesday has been scheduled for March 1 in Washington and is being hosted by a number of organizations, including Inclusiv/Juntos Avanzamos, the African-American Credit Union Coalition, the CU DEI Collective, CU Pride, Coopera, Humanidei, Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates, and the NLCUP.

One objective, the organizations said, is to “celebrate the beautiful diversity of thought and impact that happens when people dedicated to advancing cultural awareness, truly unite and collaborate to strengthen our common bond, people helping people.”

“The last two years have been an Enlightenment Period for credit unions as we reconnect with our members to bridge the gaps within society,” said Renée Sattiewhite, CEO of the AACUC.

‘Looking Inward’

Added Pablo DeFilippi, EVP of Inclusiv and vice chair of NLCUCP, “Every day, credit unions of all sizes are looking inward, adopting the values of DEI and looking for ways to reflect the communities they serve.

Diana Hastings, executive director of NLCUP, said the organization recognizes that partnerships are vital to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the industry and that collaboration is key to transcendental change.

“To achieve this, it is essential to join forces with organizations to leverage and maximize resources and increase capacity and impact,” said Hastings.

The organizations said in a statement that sometimes progress is slow in coming, but the passion and dedication of volunteers who collectively believe in the mission and cooperative principles make the journey worth taking. The direct impact is paramount for both members and employees alike, the groups added.

‘Shining the Light’

“Standing up for the human spirit, shining the light on those in need and championing initiatives that make a real difference is not only the right thing to do, but also good business,” exclaimed Susan Mitchell, CEO of MSA, founder of the Underground and strategic advisor of CU Pride. “We are proud to join other supporting partners of the DEI Tuesday to further our enlightenment as an industry.”

The organizations said DEI Tuesday will include a series of events focused on DEI, and how credit unions can expand their work serving and empowering underrepresented communities and promoting equity for all.

To register, go here.

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