More than 150 guests enjoyed networking, socializing and dancing at the inaugural #DEITuesday AACUC After Party. The event capped off a series of events focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
AACUC Board Chair Larry Sewell announced the 2022 AACUC Annual Conference will take place in August in St. Petersburg, Florida. Special guest Bryan Young, Co-Founder and CEO of Home Lending Pal -- creator of the first blockchain-based digital mortgage assistant -- shared the organization's vision of helping one million minority families become homeowners. AACUC President/CEO Renée Sattiewhite thanked and acknowledged sponsors and supporters. AACUC Chief Experience Officer Dohnia Dorman introduced the 2022 African American Credit Union Hall of Fame inductees.
In recent years, awareness of the importance of DEI has grown in the credit union industry. 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. This year's activities helped credit unions learn how they can expand their work serving and empowering communities of color and promoting equity for all.
Participating organizations included AACUC, Inclusiv, the CU DEI Collective, CU Pride, Coopera, Humanidei, the National Association of Latino Credit Union Professionals (NLCUP) and Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates. Inclusiv hosted CDFI Credit Union and Juntos Avanzamos Roundtables, while NLCUP hosted a networking luncheon reception, CU Pride the happy hour, and AACUC the after party.