Credit union regulator board members to lead DEI sessions

Three town halls will be led by a member of the federal credit union regulator’s board at the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) conference set for three days next week, the agency said Tuesday.

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Todd Harper will lead off with the first town hall at the agency’s DEI Summit, which runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4. His session will discuss DEI in relationship to 2020-21 newsworthy events and the importance of having a leadership commitment to DEI. Other topics will include racism in banking and the role of credit unions in DEI, according to an NCUA press release.

Board Member Rodney Hood will host the second day’s town hall, which features two panels on financial inclusion: the first from a “non-federal perspective,” the second from inside the agency (particularly through the agency’s Advancing Communities through Credit, Education, Stability and Support [ACCESS] initiative).

Board Vice Chairman Kyle Hauptman will host the third day’s town hall, focusing on credit union financial inclusion initiatives and partnerships with external organizations.

The agency said it would also host several concurrent sessions following the Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 town halls, focusing on DEI subjects.

In addition, the credit union think-tank Filene Research Institute will report on results of recent studies and analysis of diversity surveys and research.

Each day’s programs begin at 12:30 p.m. ET, the NCUA said.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit 2021