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The African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) will hold its 25th Anniversary Annual Conference July 16-20 at the Atlanta Evergreen Resort. The theme of the silver anniversary event is legacy, which reflects the unique path the organization and its partners have curated over the past quarter century.
This episode of the CUNA News Podcast features Renee Sattiewhite, AACUC president/CEO, and Maurice Smith, AACUC board chair and retired president/CEO at Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, N.C. They preview the conference and share their thoughts on the tremendous progress the organization has made in recent years.
A key moment of this year’s conference will be the presentation of the first-annual Maurice R. Smith DEI Leadership Award. Smith’s legacy has shaped not only AACUC but the entire credit union movement. Among Smith’s most forward-thinking contributions is the eighth cooperative principle of diversity, equity, and inclusion, formally adopted by the CUNA board in 2019.
In this episode:
0:23: Episode introduction
1:46: What's on tap for AACUC
3:44: Looking back at how AACUC began
4:53: How AACUC has evolved
8:39: The Maurice R. Smith Award
11:32: Maurice's mission
15:00: Generational wealth in black communities
16:21: Maurice's thoughts on legacy
19:39: Challenges in the CU industry
21:38: Future vision for AACUC