Join us virtually on June 22-23, 2021!

Event Details

What makes a credit union different?
 
Credit unions have long differentiated themselves by the intimate connections they maintain with the communities they serve. The links between credit unions and their communities have fueled the growth of the credit union industry. But today, those connections are changing, as credit unions evolve and as the people they serve and the places where they live also change. These shifts require credit unions to innovate at the heart of their business model. Commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion have proliferated throughout the industry, and many credit unions have doubled down on initiatives to support their employees and—through financial inclusion and social impact programs—their members. Rarely have these efforts been connected, but by aligning investments and acting together, credit unions can amplify their impact.
 
In this special Filene research event, we bring together academic and industry experts from the Centers of Excellence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Community Social Impact to dig into what it takes to build inclusive and resilient communities—both inside and outside the credit union. How should credit unions act on their DEI and social impact commitments, and how can they see the impact of their investments in their people and their communities? Attendees will learn about the hidden inequalities facing their members and employees and action-based strategies for tackling those inequalities. Attendees will gain an understanding of inclusion and resilience – from both organizational and financial perspectives – and how to foster more inclusive and resilient communities inside and outside their organizations. Finally, attendees will gain practical resources to align their DEI and social impact strategies with their business model, offerings, and operations, track their progress, and evaluate the outcomes and impacts of their work.
 
Regardless of scale, from the branch to the neighborhood and beyond, foundational credit union values—of inclusion, equity, and security—can lead to profound positive transformations. The prosperity of the credit union community feeds back into the prosperity of the credit union. Ultimately, credit unions are the communities they serve.

 

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Meet the Fellows!

Center for Community Social Impact

Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen
Full Name
Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen
Job Title
Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning
Organization
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Speaker Bio
Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen is an Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Nguyen’s research is inspired by the goal of creating equitable and resilient communities through structural and systemic change. She is a housing and urban scholar who seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations. She is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Housing Policy and Planning and has been published in over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports on the topics related to social and spatial equity. She is considered a boundary spanner, bridging social science, planning, and performing art, media, and digital humanities in her “In the Shadows of Ferguson” project that tells a 100+ year history of how housing and urban policies have racially divided U.S. communities. She is an award-winning urban planner, teacher, and scholar.

Dr. Nguyen directs the Center for Community Capital, a center dedicated to conducting rigorous, multidisciplinary research on human, social, and financial capital that advances knowledge, improves policy, and informs practice to promote more equitable social and economic systems. She also holds numerous leadership positions at UNC-Chapel Hill and in professional associations. She is currently the Director of the Academic Leadership Program, the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, and the Equity and Resilience Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the former Chair of the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association and President of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. She is the founder and administrator of Planners 2040, a Facebook discussion group with over 2,300 members who are urban planning and studies students, faculty, and practitioners across the globe.

Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Quinetta Roberson
Full Name
Quinetta Roberson
Job Title
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Management and Psychology
Organization
Michigan State University
Speaker Bio
Dr. Quinetta Roberson began her wine career in the Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York. What started out as an interest in, and enthusiasm for, learning about different varietals and growing conditions blossomed into a part-time job (while on the faculty at Cornell University) working with judging panels at local wine festivals. While Quinetta assumed that her wine career ended with a move to Pennsylvania, she was introduced to the Wine School of Philadelphia, where she earned a Baccalaureate du Vin in 2012 and ultimately became an instructor. Further, after watching the documentary, Somm, Quinetta’s continued curiosity in enology and overachieving spirit encouraged her to sit for the Court of Master Sommeliers–Level 1 exam. Since then, she has earned other wine-related distinctions and teaches private courses, workshops, and wine tastings. As a lifelong learner, it should come as no surprise that Quinetta is already contemplating her next wine certification.

Thank you to our Center Sponsors!

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