Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI) has become a magnet for the credit union industry, especially since DCI became the eighth cooperative principle last year. DCI momentum continues to build as the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that it has organized a new DCI advisory committee for the credit union.
The Anchorage, Alaska-based credit union ($ 10.3 billion in assets, 707,604 members) said on Monday it had created the new DCI advisory board to focus on delivering growth opportunities careers for internal talent; and investing financially in organizations that “improve society by recognizing differences and improving access to careers in financial services.”
According to Alaska USA, leaders were inspired by the racial justice protests in 2020, which made them wonder, “Can we do better?” The answer was ‘yes’.
In a statement released Monday, Shannon Conley, executive director of retail financial services for Alaska USA and ambassador for the DCI advisory board, said: âOur country and the world have witnessed many events involving discrimination, hatred and cruelty. As an organization, we have a social responsibility to be part of the solution.
According to Alaska USA, the credit union has made $ 75,000 in financial investments over the past ten months to the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC), the Global Women’s Leadership Network and the Filene Research Institute Center of Excellence. for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Conley said, âAs credit unions and the broader business community have embraced diversity, equity and inclusion in meaningful and positive ways, we have also accelerated our journey. We have seen first-hand the value of cross-cultural discussions and new collaborative partnerships that will continue to guide our interactions, help us understand our commonalities, and unite in our commitment to evolve our internal and external communities.
It should be noted that recently Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations and DCI Alaska USA Advisory Board Member Dan McCue was inducted into the AACUS Hall of Fame for his work over the years. years aimed at increasing diversity within the credit union industry.
As part of DCI’s newly focused credit union efforts, Alaska USA has launched a DCI Employee Resource page to provide volunteer opportunities and update the employee base on more investments and goals. wide of DEI.