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Virginia League Expands Partnership With African-American Credit Union Coalition

The Virginia Credit Union League is expanding its partnership with the African-American Credit Union Coalition, formally joining the organization as a member for 2020.

The League also offers a $2,000 scholarship that allows a Virginia-based credit union professional or official to attend AACUC’s annual conference. The scholarship was established in honor of Lynette Smith, a tireless credit union advocate and a champion for the credit union movement at both the state and national levels. She is a past chairwoman of the AACUC and current President/CEO of TruEnergy Federal Credit Union in Springfield, Va.

“We’re proud and excited to support the important work of the African-American Credit Union Coalition,” says Nicole Widell, Chief Engagement Officer for the Virginia League. “Social responsibility is in credit unions’ DNA, which in turn drives our desire to address social and economic injustice. We understand our movement is strengthened by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion, and salute AACUC’s leadership in promoting, empowering and educating credit unions about DEI.”

The pandemic has forced AACUC to retool its annual conference as a five-part virtual event, titled Commitment to Change Conversation Series. Beginning Aug. 10, the event is designed to inspire and empower credit union professionals to lead with a mindset of diversity, equity and inclusion during these challenging racial and public health crises to better represent, serve and achieve positive outcomes for communities of color.

You can learn more about the event and register online at aacuc.org.

The Virginia League is proud to serve as the sponsor of the Aug. 10 session and is honored to introduce keynote speaker Jai Dei Jackson.

About the African American Credit Union Coalition

The AACUC was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community. AACUC is a non-profit organization of African-American professionals and volunteers in the credit union industry. Its mission is to increase diversity within the credit union community through advocacy and professional development."

About the Virginia Credit Union League

The Virginia Credit Union League is the state trade association for the Commonwealth’s not-for-profit, member-owned credit unions. Through leadership, vision and the trust of our credit unions, the League is ensuring the growth, success and diversity of Virginia’s credit unions. Learn more at vacul.org.

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