Information for Individuals/Program Participants
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. 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 15 to 30 mins for each of the 10 modules (based on about 5-15 minutes per lesson and 3 lessons per module). 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.
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Participants 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.