As the Association for credit unions across the Northwest, we continue to push for principles of financial inclusion and equity today, and every day. To achieve this, we have firm commitments that we strive for and stand by, these commitments can be found below. 

Code of Conduct

NWCUA membership and events are intended for professional networking, collaboration, and training /development. The participation of every member in the credit union community is valued and all members and attendees deserve an enjoyable and fulfilling professional experience through NWCUA engagement and at events. Accordingly, all members and attendees are expected to show professional respect and courtesy to other members, staff, and attendees throughout their engagement with the Association including at events, online interactions, and related activities.

All members, credit union staff, event attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at NWCUA activities/events are required and expected to conduct themselves in alignment with this code of conduct. This code will be enforced throughout all Association-related communications, activities, and events to the fullest extent possible. Everyone is encouraged to help enforce this code of conduct.

The NWCUA is committed to providing a professional, harassment-free, and safe environment for everyone regardless of race, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, or disability. The NWCUA prohibits harassment, discrimination, or other unwelcome or unlawful behavior.

Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to any protected status mentioned above;
  • Unwelcome or unprofessional physical contact;
  • Unwanted attention related to sex or gender, including nicknames or references or any sexual propositions;
  • Obscene or derogatory jokes or comments;
  • Intimidating behavior, including stalking;
  • Unwelcome photography or recording, and;
  • Disruption of activities or events.

If you see something, say something to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

If you experience a violation of this policy or witness a violation, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the NWCUA staff or related event hosts immediately.

Should a member fail to meet the conditions in this Code of Conduct, NWCUA may, at its sole discretion, decide on the appropriate action to take, including termination of membership.

Event-Specific Information

NWCUA staff are instructed to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing a violation of this policy, including harassment.

Participants are expected to follow these rules at conference/workshop venues and other conference-related social events.

For any violation of this code of conduct, the NWCUA will take appropriate action, in its sole discretion, including warning the offender or expelling the offender from the event with no refund or prohibiting participation of future events. Under certain circumstances and at their discretion, NWCUA staff may contact hotel security and/or local police.

Violations of this code may subject the offender to exclusion from future events.

View the NWCUA Assumption of Risk Policy

Social Justice

Credit unions have focused on their “People Helping People” philosophy since they first came into existence in the 1850s in Europe – founded on the principles of financial inclusion and equity. As the Association for credit unions across the Northwest, we continue to push for these principles today, and every day. To achieve this, we have a firm commitment to social justice.

Systemic racism and prejudice must end. We seek justice and inclusion for all — minorities, the LGBTQ community, veterans, women, and underserved consumers. To propel this mission, we are having intentional conversations, listening, learning, and taking action.

Credit unions throughout the region are speaking out against prejudice. We will participate in these conversations, keeping a dialogue that’s open and honest. In addition, we will provide educational opportunities for Northwest credit unions so they may convene, learn, share, and make a difference, together. We invite everyone in the Northwest Credit Union family, and beyond, to be part of a new chapter, as we take steps to ensure equity and inclusion for all.

As your Association, we will:

  • Take immediate steps with our programming to create a platform for this topic and discussion.
  • Continue to make space for intentional conversations. That is just the first step on what will be a long journey.
  • Convene credit union leaders region-wide to create a DEI Task Force, meeting on an ongoing basis, to research and implement programs that meaningfully engage Black communities, other communities of color, and those who are under-represented in financial inclusion.
  • Host dedicated Micro-Community events to learn more about DEI, and ensure this topic is at the forefront of credit union culture development.
  • Build DEI topics into Association programming, so all credit union employees have access, can learn more, and have a voice in these important conversations.
  • Dedicate staff resources to support member credit union groups that are developing relationships with culturally specific organizations and share their best practices to amplify their work.

These first steps will reinforce our action-oriented commitment as a Movement to drive change in our own communities. We are intentional about our words and our actions to advance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As an employer, NWCUA is taking a deeper dive into diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our path includes having intentional DEI conversations with staff, the NWCUA Board of Directors, as well as looking at our governance structure.

If you have interest in joining us to advance this work, please contact Northwest Credit Union Foundation Executive Director, Sharee Adkins, or AVP of Member Engagement, Carmen Vigil.