Standing for diversity, equity and inclusion in the credit union movement
It’s been a lifelong passion of mine to help wherever and whenever I can, which is one of the main reasons why working in the credit union industry means so much to me. The credit union philosophy of “people helping people” is one that drives me, day in and day out, to be a part of something larger than myself. So, in recent months―as the sounds and scenes of social unrest steadily grew after the death of George Floyd―I needed to ensure that my voice, as an African-American professional in this industry, was heard in the calls for greater movement on the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
Finding Strength through Partnerships
To achieve progress as an industry, I believe that it is the strength of our professional partnerships, combined with our willingness to hold difficult conversations, that will make the difference. For guidance in these areas, I find the work of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) and its president/CEO, Renée Sattiewhite, to be nothing short of inspiring. I met Renée three years ago, as PSCU began developing our African-American business resource group, Sankofa. As Sankofa’s lead sponsor, I wanted to help jumpstart PSCU for the future by championing our best and brightest African-American professionals, especially through mentorship and scholarship opportunities. In partnering with Renée and the AACUC, I pledged my own personal commitment, and was proud to see PSCU’s leadership team vow to strengthen our DEI efforts.
Uniting for an Important Cause
Fast forward to today, and I’m honored to serve on the AACUC’s executive board and help PSCU’s relationship with the organization thrive. Recently, PSCU served as the event sponsor for the AACUC’s five-part virtual Commitment to Change Conversation Series, which hosted over 1,000 registered attendees, including participants from throughout the United States and internationally in Africa as well, where we continue to foster growth and excitement around the credit union movement.
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