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Martin Luther King Jr. Day became an official federal holiday in 1983, yet social injustice still permeates the country more than 35 years later. In late May 2020, the death of an unarmed black man in the custody of Minneapolis police and the subsequent counrywide protests supporting justice for George Floyd forced workplaces everywhere to confront questions about race in America and acknowledge what has been in plain sight these many years.
Today, individuals, organizations, and industries — including credit unions — are starting to tackle in earnest the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion within their ranks. This Callahan Collection pulls together strategies and best practices to support real progress toward creating a more just workplace and society.
Dozens of credit unions and related organizations pledge to help the industry meet the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenge.
Leaders today must consider what “concern for community” means for fairness in hiring, upward mobility, and inclusiveness in the workplace.
A Pacific Northwest credit union shares lessons it learned during its eight-year journey taking a holistic view of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
After holding frank discussions with employees and communities about diversity, equity, and inclusion, these credit unions are forming DEI councils, launching targeted charities, and more.
At Veridian Credit Union, Angela Weekley is nearing a decade of building bridges between cooperative and community.
Thirty-three years after the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, discrimination, immigration, and equal pay continue to fuel policies at credit unions, but more can be done.