The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) is planning a virtual event in August that will launch a series of discussions among credit union professionals about how they can address economic, health and social inequalities that affect minorities in their communities. The event, which will be held from Aug. 10 to Aug 14, is free and open to the public.
The new virtual series, sponsored by Florida-based CUSO, PSCU, and hosted by Suncoast Credit Union, is part of the organization’s larger initiative called, Commitment to Change: Credit Unions Unite Against Racism. The online series will be held instead of AACUC’s annual conference, originally planned for Aug. 11-14 in St. Petersburg, Fla., and postponed due to the pandemic.
The AACUC was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community and is a non-profit organization of African-American professionals and volunteers in the credit union industry.
In a CU Times article about healing the racial divide in the nation, Renée Sattiewhite, AACUC president/CEO, was interviewed. The article explained, “The AACUC, in cooperation with other national organizations, is working on a new national initiative to coordinate the industry’s actions against racial inequalities, which became a major focal point following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, sparking weeks of demonstrations across the nation.”
The series includes daily 90-minute virtual sessions led by expert panelists representing financial services, social justice, mental health and academia. Topics will include emotional fortitude, leadership during times of crisis, community action, and financial, economic and income equality within the context of being and serving people of color.
According to the CU Times article, Sattiewhite said, “As financial professionals, we believe credit unions are uniquely positioned to affect meaningful change in the fight against social injustice,” Sattiewhite said.