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What first comes to mind when someone mentions diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the context of credit unions? Chances are, it’s a commonly-discussed practice like hiring and promoting more people of color, or expanding the credit union’s financial services to underserved individuals, such as by offering ITIN loans to immigrants who lack Social Security numbers.

While these types of actions are important, to truly make a difference credit unions must go deeper and consider new places, beyond the ones that have been visited over and over, where inequality might exist.

A couple of recent virtual events hosted by Filene Research Institute and Inclusiv included presentations about new ways to look at and work to resolve inequality. Here’s a peek at a few that might spark new conversations at your credit union.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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