SRCUS publishes award-winning white papers on DEI, ransomware for 2022

HARAHAN, LA (July 25, 2022) — One of the primary purposes of Southeast CUNA Management School is to prepare each student for a successful career of leadership in the credit union movement. To help accomplish this purpose and as a prerequisite for graduation from the three-year program, students work together in small groups to develop white papers that feature current research, analyses, and proposed solutions for an issue affecting the credit union industry or an opportunity/decision that many credit unions are currently facing or will face in the future.

This year, two groups from the 2022 graduating class were awarded for their white papers during the graduation ceremony on June 17 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, GA. Their white papers are now available to read on the SRCUS website.


 Best 3rd Year White Paper Group & Presentation Awards

White Paper: The Importance of DEI for Credit Union Survival

About: For the first time in history, employers face the fortune and challenge of having five generations working together daily. Known for being people-oriented and community-centered, credit unions have an opportunity to embrace America’s “melting pot” example by not only recognizing the value and importance of a diverse workforce internally, but to tell that story externally with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Written by:

  • Jill Brazzle, Eagle Federal Credit Union
  • Bryttani Graddick, MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union
  • Toby King, CapEd Credit Union
  • Joy Smith-Durant, Eagle Federal Credit Union


Pass With Distinction 3rd Year White Paper Award

White Paper: Ransomware: Is Your Credit Union Ready for It?

About: The recent cases of ransomware attacks made visible through the media highlights the need for preparedness and diligence in credit unions. Even the smallest of credit unions have experienced some aspect of cybercrime, stolen data, and identity theft. Are credit unions ready?

Written by:

  • Lori Collins, Purdue Federal CU
  • Daniel Jordan, Acclaim Federal CU
  • Shari King, Shelby County FCU
  • Erika Perez, Lion’s Share FCU


To be awarded the “Pass with Distinction” recognition, a team must receive a 93 or higher on their white paper. Then the team with the highest of the scores at that threshold are recognized for “Best 3rd Year White Paper Group and Presentation.”

Pictured L-R: Shari King, Erika Perez and SRCUS Academic Advisor Craig Piercy. Not pictured: Lori Collins and Daniel Jordan.


Pictured L-R: Toby King, Brytanni Graddick, Jill Brazzle, and SRCUS Academic Advisor Craig Piercy. Not pictured: Joy Smith-Durant.

About Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS)

Southeastern Regional Credit Union School (SRCUS) is a collaboration of seven southeastern credit union leagues, including the Carolinas Credit Union League, Kentucky Credit Union League, League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates, Louisiana Credit Union League, Mississippi Credit Union Association, Tennessee Credit Union League, and Virginia Credit Union League. Through collaboration with America’s Credit Unions and Affiliates, the first SRCUS Management School was established in 1970. Since the school’s formation over half a century ago, it has graduated over 1,200 credit union management professionals from 21 states and the District of Columbia.

In addition to the management school, SRCUS also hosts an annual Directors’ Conference, which provides credit union directors and committee members with a full range of informative educational sessions about critical issues important to today’s ever-changing financial industry. For more information, visit


Brittani Champlin
SRCUS Executive Director
Southeastern Regional Credit Union Schools
Phone 803.732.8141

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