What is

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

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OCUL commitment to

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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DEI Principles

Celebrating our differences and shared humanity increases business growth, resiliency, and performance.

Identifying and removing structural barriers to opportunity, access, and success empowers all stakeholders to participate, prosper, benefit.

Knowledge confronts vulnerability and resistance, sparking individual, organizational, and societal improvement and evolution.

Empathy shapes stakeholder engagement and fuels efforts to meet diverse needs, expectations, and perspectives.

Building and leveraging trust influences cooperation, involvement, and commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

DEI Priorities

Leadership - League leaders must be visible and vocal in their support of DEI principles and strategies.

Integration - DEI commitment begins with executive leadership and must be integrated throughout staff and office activity.

Communication - Develop and consistently disseminate the DEI value proposition to various stakeholders and create dialogue opportunities.

Solutions - Incorporate DEI principles, education, and solutions in a variety of stakeholder engagements and member programming.

Advocacy - Advocate for and advance a public and government policy agenda that fosters financial well-being for all.

Statement of Commitment

The respective Ohio Credit Union League & Affiliates (the League) Boards are dedicated to a vision in which the Credit Union Movement and broader society offer dignity, civility, respect, fairness, and empowerment to all individuals and communities. To effect change toward this vision, the Boards uphold a steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion based on seven principles outlined in this DEI Policy Statement.
Further

DEI Efforts

Start shifting behavior and creating meaningful and impactful changes within your credit union.

DEI SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL

Did you know that the NCUA has a free DEI self-assessment tool for credit unions? This assessment is designed to help credit unions assess existing diversity and inclusion policies and practices, and identify opportunities to implement best practices in diversity and inclusion. This tool is completely voluntary, has no effect on CAMEL ratings and is a simple way to start planning for further DEI advancement at your credit union.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

The CU DEI Collective recognizes that DEI is more important now than ever. Members of the credit union movement are not alone in the DEI journey as conversations and actions are taking place in communities and organizations across the US and around the globe. The Collective invites you to join them in committing to this important work: “We need your heart, your hands and your leadership to help drive meaningful change for the benefit of all.”

SUPPORT THE 8TH

As a participant in the cooperative movement, your leadership and support is needed as the 8th Cooperative Principle focusing on DEI approaches voting and approval during the World Cooperative Congress. The Cooperative Principles were originally written in 1844, when the world looked different. By establishing an 8th Cooperative Principle, we are saying that diversity, equity and inclusion is an ideal that should be pursued.

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Advance

DEI Knowledge

Empower your team with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training to increase knowledge and boost confidence with topics that can often come with anxiety and tension, shape the conversation, and influence outcomes within your credit union.

Leverage

DEI Partnerships

The Credit Union Movement knows the power of cooperation and can make a more significant impact when we work together. OCUL is proud to partner with many organizations within our Movement whose primary focus lies in the DEI space.

Find partners from this list to collaborate with to help your credit union become more in-tuned with diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices that enrich the lives of credit unions and transform the way we serve and engage in our communities.

African-American CU Coalition

The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community. We are a non-profit organization of African-American professionals and volunteers in the credit union industry.

Inclusiv

Inclusiv believes that true financial inclusion and empowerment is a fundamental right.

Filene

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National Credit Union Administration

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Ohio Diversity Council

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