Information for Credit Unions
The Illinois Credit Union Foundation is proud to bring the Lead Like an Ally program to credit unions in our effort to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the credit union movement. Our intention is to provide credit unions with a high-quality educational program which is easy to implement and administer. There is no cost for ICUL-affiliated credit unions to participate in the Lead Like an Ally program.
What is it?
Lead Like an Ally is a virtual program targeted for employees and board members in organizations who value diversity and inclusion. The original 12 module web-based program has been streamlined into 10 modules and covers the key attributes of being an inclusive leader and allows participants learn at their own pace. For credit unions who wish to incorporate additional interaction, we will provide guidance and recommendations. The education portal will open on July 1, 2022 and be available until June 30, 2023.
Why is it needed?
People often struggle with how to talk about diversity and inclusion, which can prevent candid conversations. In many organizations there are some individuals who have more interest and exposure to diversity, inclusion and related topics, and many others who fall into the murky middle and are often silent.
It has become increasingly important for all staff and board members to become familiar with and sensitive to DEI to improve the employee, board and member experience. The Lead Like an Ally program provides actionable, intentional tools for participants.
How does it work?
Lead Like an Ally consists of 10 online modules, each with a set of quick video lessons accompanied by a workbook activity. Learners can expect to spend 20 to 30 mins for each of the modules. Progress is tracked in the web-based portal; participants can earn badges and are recognized for their achievements. The portal also offers an opportunity to learn collaboratively with peers and openly in program discussion boards.
Credit unions have the option to structure the program following a set schedule in sequential order and incorporate additional interactions or discussions, or they can allow participants to choose their own adventure, completing the modules in any order. Credit unions can choose program administrators who will have access to the back end of the program portal where they can track participant progress.
What additional DEI guidance will the ICU Foundation provide to credit unions?
As an enhancement to the Lead Like an Ally program during 2021, the ICU Foundation hosted three webinars led by Julie Kratz, to assist credit unions on their DEI journeys: How to Craft a DEI Strategy, How to Measure DEI, and How to Organize DEI Councils & Employee Groups. Recordings are available here.
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Credit unions can enroll in the Lead Like an Ally program anytime. The program pace can be one module per month, week, every other week, or whatever timing suits your needs.