CUDEs Unify Their Voices with Advocacy Letter to Elected Officials on Racial Inequity

Northwest DEs celebrated 2020’s Annual DE Day of Service by listening, learning, and brainstorming ways to fight injustice.

6/23/2020

On June 10, Credit Union Development Educators from across the globe recognized the National Credit Union Foundation’s Annual DE Day of Service — a designated day for DE alumni to transform their training and teachings to empower members and strengthen local communities.

Volunteer opportunities looked a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that didn’t stop more than 100 Development Educators in the Northwest from making a difference. They came together virtually to collect donations for the African-American Credit Union Coalition on Facebook and encouraged other timely volunteer opportunities.

On June 11, DEs across the region convened via Zoom video conferencing and heard from special guest, Renee Sattiewhite, President and CEO of the AACUC. Sattiewhite shared information regarding AACUC’s history, mission, and role in the greater Credit Union Movement. She answered questions and led a discussion on how credit unions can support the AACUC, develop more inclusivity in their internship and community development programs, and be a beacon of change and light within their organizations.

Additionally, a group of DEs made their voices heard when they collaborated on a call-to-action letter to government representatives regarding racial inequity in the United States.

“For DE Day of Service, we created a template for a letter that DEs can send to their Senators and Representatives asking for action on ending systemic racism in our country,” said Heidi Wesley-Cleveland, CUDE and Chief Marketing Officer at Verity Credit Union.

The letter demanded improved access to credit for minority and women-owned businesses, expanded financial education, and increased funding for Community Development Financial Institutions.

“This is such an important issue, and for those who are looking for a way to raise their voice in support of Black Lives Matter, we wanted to provide an easy way for them to do that,” explained Wesley-Cleveland. “It’s going to take every one of us working together to make progress on equity and inclusion for people of color.”

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