CUNA headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: CUNA)

Samira Salem, CUNA’s first-ever vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, was born into diversity as the first-generation American of her family. In the 1960s, her father from Egypt and mother from Guatemala immigrated and settled in Southern California, where they met through mutual friends.

“The principles of DEI, social justice and commitment to community, all of that pretty much came from the cradle,” Salem said. “That was the modus operandi in our family and how I walk through life because of that experience.”

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