A newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force will approach social injustice in the same way the League takes on all priorities – with attitude, strategy, and execution. The DEI Task Force is committed to not only pave a course internally and externally for DEI commitment, education, and opportunities for growth, but to respond to the recent and ongoing injustices affecting African-American and Black communities, members, and colleagues. The team of seven went to work several weeks ago, and their research and consideration led to three key actions:
- Joining the MDDCCUA/AACUC Town Hall Meeting. Maryland DC Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) and the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) led over 100 attendees nationally in a town hall panel discussion. The discussion was authentic, candid, sincere, understanding – a safe space for all to ask questions and learn to take the first steps of many towards change.
- Pledging the Commitment to Change with the CU DEI Collective. Credit union organizations have come together to form the CU DEI Collective, committed to furthering DEI as a shared cooperative principle. Through this collective has come the Statement of Commitment and Solidarity with the African-American and Black Community, in which we and our Movement peers have pledged to stand against racism and work cooperatively to learn, act, and engage in all areas of our business that present footholds for racial inequality.
- Engaging fully with AACUC. Last and certainly not least, the League has answered the call for support from the AACUC through a $2,000 contribution towards membership, scholarships, and other partnership opportunities to elevate Black communities.
This is still the beginning of our journey, and all these actions present future opportunities for us to lean into the commitment we’ve pledged. We will continue to explore these and other resources to educate, encourage, and ignite our organization and the Ohio CU Movement to take continued steps towards change. We encourage you to explore these and other DEI initiatives for your credit union as we continue this journey together. For inquiries or opportunities for collaboration regarding the League’s DEI efforts, please contact League Manager of Culture and Development Melanie Koch.