Agency plans first ‘Credit Union Diversity, Inclusion’ event

The first “Credit Union Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit” is set for Nov. 6 by the federal regulator of credit unions, the agency said Wednesday, aimed at discussing how to promote those qualities at the agency and the credit unions it regulates.

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said the program will be held at the Westin Old Town Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, Va. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.; the program starts at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to run to 5 p.m.

In announcing the program, NCUA Board Chairman Rodney Hood noted that he has described financial inclusion as “the civil rights issue of our time.”

“And by ‘inclusion,’ I mean not only broader access to affordable financial services, but also to employment and business opportunities,” he said. “Our country is going through a period of profound demographic change, and our financial system should be leading efforts to respond to that change.”

The meeting will include panel discussions on best practices for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion; on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce; and on collecting diversity data, according to NCUA. Hood and his colleagues on the NCUA Board (Members J. Mark McWatters and Todd M. Harper) will speak at the Summit, the agency said.

NCUA Hosting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit Nov. 6