YCUP and Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions Raise More than $6,000 During Virtual Pride Event

The three-part event series brought together LGBTQ+ advocates from across the Northwest as they championed diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

8/11/2020

At the end of July, the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington (YCUP) and the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions wrapped up their PRIDE series, WALK, LEARN, LISTEN, celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities. The unique, three-part virtual event championed inclusion and equity for all while supporting the Q Center in Portland.

The first event, WALK, embodied the fun and engaging experience of the Portland PRIDE Parade, which had been canceled due to COVID-19. Over the course of the week leading up to the virtual meeting, participants embraced the great outdoors, walking, running, and sharing pictures and videos of their activities online using the hashtag, #CUStrideforPride. On the evening of July 17, participants gathered to network and have some fun with PRIDE and credit union trivia.

During the second event, LEARN, which took place July 22, a panel of experts answered questions and lead discussions on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Hosted by CUbroadcast’s Mike Lawson, the panel consisted of Dr. Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human rights in Atlanta; Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association; Amy Nelson, President and CEO of Point West Credit Union; and Victor Corro, CEO of Coopera. The panelists weighed in on DEI initiatives, including how to create a more equitable and inclusive place for all within the credit union space and beyond.

The three-part series concluded with LISTEN, a storytelling event that brought together several industry professionals who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. On July 29, these special guests shared their personal journeys and experiences, offering valuable insight on the critical mission of prioritizing equity and inclusion.

“A critical step in creating a more inclusive and equitable space for all is to begin the conversation. We must make the commitment to understand, value and respect the differences amongst us, said Sarah Buck, Member Experience Manager at Cutting Edge Credit Union and President of the Cascadia Chapter.

Throughout the three-part event — and with the help of sponsors Cutting Edge Credit Union, Rivermark Community Credit Union, and First Tech Federal Credit Union — YCUP and Cascadia raised $6,505 for the Q Center, well exceeding their goal of $5,000.

“How humbling to see such engagement, such voice, such brilliance in supporting our LGBTQ+ communities and how special to know that systemic change in on our collective minds so that a failure of vision in how we grow and change may one day lapse,” said Michael Murdoch, Communications Specialist at Wauna Credit Union and President of YCUP.

To learn more about PRIDE: Walk, Learn, Listen, or to donate to the Q Center, visit the dedicated fundraising page here.

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