Lauren Williams & Renee Sattiewhite

PODCAST: Uniting against racism

Renee Sattiewhite discusses new AACUC initiative to advance DEI.

August 28, 2020

Much like the rest of the country, the credit union movement is engaged in crucial conversations about understanding structural racism, advancing social justice, and prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Leading many of these discussions is the African American Credit Union Coalition, or AACUC.

In June, the AACUC launched Commitment to Change: Credit Unions Unite Against Racism. This initiative focuses on unification, education, conversations, and investments that will move the credit union movement into a future where diversity, equity, and inclusion can thrive.


In this episode, guest host Lauren Williams, CUNA's media relations manager, speaks with Renee Sattiewhite, president and CEO of AACUC.

They discuss the philosophy behind the Commitment to Change initiative, how credit unions can support communities of color, advice for allies, and more.

To learn more about Commitment to Change and for a calendar of events, visit

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In this episode:

1:33: Navigating the industry as a Black woman

2:14: What sparked Commitment to Change

3:07: Actions credit unions can take

7:54: Success of the initiative so far

11:41: How to be a good ally

13:35: A vision of the movement's future

15:43: How to get involved

16:56: Learn more about Commitment to Change

18:24: The importance of empathy