YCUP and Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions Team Up to Host Virtual Pride Fundraiser

The PRIDE: Walk, Learn, Listen event will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and raise money for Portland’s Q Center.

7/14/2020

The Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington (YCUP) have teamed up once again with the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions to host a special fundraiser for a cherished local organization — but this time, it’s a series of events, and it’s all about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Due to the pandemic, YCUP and the Cascadia Chapter had to get creative about celebrating LGBTQ+ communities this year. They came up with a unique, three-day virtual event — PRIDE: Walk, Learn, Listen — to champion inclusion and equity for all and support the wonderful Q Center in Portland, which has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19.

“The Cascadia Chapter believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental for the Credit Union Movement,” said Sarah Buck, President of the Cascadia Chapter and Member Experience Manager at Cutting Edge Credit Union. “With these events, we hope to show that growth and commitment to change are vital. These events we have planned are special, and we hope many will join in on the conversations.”

Michael Murdoch, President of YCUP and Communications Specialist at Wauna Credit Union, echoed Buck’s sentiments.

“Young professional groups and area chapters are vital in continuing the fight for equitable banking practices and inclusive service in the credit union industry,” said Murdoch. “This event shows not only the strong cooperative nature of the movement, but also how special DEI education and practice have been, are, and must continue to be as we grow and change.”

The virtual event series will take place over three separate days, July 17, 22, and 29, and focus on a different key element for each — Walk, Learn, and Listen. To learn more and register, visit the event page online.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Q Center fundraiser can do so here.

For questions, please reach out to YCUP.