WASHINGTON– The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC), inducted three credit union leaders into its Hall of Fame in conjunction with CUNA’s GAC.
Inducted were Charles Alston, Sr., Pamela Owens and Clifford Rosenthal.
“These trail blazers actively demonstrate the importance of diversity and inclusion within the credit union movement. We are proud to recognize their diligent efforts which embody the cooperative pillars that our industry stands upon,” said Renee Sattiewhite, executive director of AACUC.
- Alston has been a volunteer of Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union for 30 years and currently serves on its board of directors and as chairman of the credit appeals committee.
- Owens has over 20 years of experience supporting community development credit unions delivery of products and services to underserved communities, with special attention on innovative product development, training and technical assistance.
- Rosenthal is the author of Democratizing Finance: Origins of the Community Development Financial Institutions Movement, and the long-time leader of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (now called Inclusiv).
In addition, the AACUC has also announced several new initiatives, including:
- Virginia Credit Union League President Richard Pillow announced the VCUL will donate a $2,000 scholarship in the name of Board Secretary Lynette W. Smith’s name annually for a credit union employee from a Virginia credit union to attend the AACUC Annual Conference.
- FIS announced that it is giving a $2,000 Scholarship for five years in the name of outgoing CUNA Chair Maurice Smith’s name. The company said it was inspired by Smith’s contributions to the credit union movement and his call for diversity to be the 8th Cooperative Principle, as CUToday.info reported here.
- PSCU said it will be collaborating with AACUC and sponsoring a webinar series, “Women’s Power.”