The Credit Union Association of New Mexico this year has launched a number of employee resource groups to enable workers in the state’s 40 credit unions to network and support one other.

The most popular one so far is CUshine, dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ employees and allies at credit unions around the state, said Melissa Dineen, director of cooperative development and momentum at the association.

In April, the CUshine employee group staged its first event called “Let’s CUshine!” that included a discussion panel.

“The world is different now,” Dineen said. “The event brought some important issues to the surface. There are subsets of groups that need support in other ways.”

CUshine plans a float for the PrideFest parade in Albuquerque in June.

The employee resource groups, especially CUshine, stem from Juan E. Fernández Ceballos, who became CUANM president and CEO in May 2021 and is gay.

The other employee resource groups are CUadvocate, which advocates with government entities; CUgrow, which creates new educational and training opportunities; and CUheroes, dedicated to veterans and first responders.

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