MSUFCU Celebrates Juntos Avanzamos Accreditation
EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) was pleased to welcome community members to their Juntos Avanzamos accreditation celebration event at their Headquarters in East Lansing on June, 22, 2022.
MSUFCU earned the Juntos Avanzamos designation for its commitment to serving and empowering the Hispanic community. As a Juntos Avanzamos credit union, MSUFCU employs bilingual and culturally competent employees and leaders; accepts alternative forms of ID; and treats all members with respect regardless of immigration status.
“This designation demonstrates our commitment to our core value of cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion as we serve the Hispanic community,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU President/CEO. “Through our work with Juntos Avanzamos and Inclusiv, we are helping our members achieve their dreams.”
Translated as “Together We Advance,” Juntos Avanzamos credit unions help those who remain largely unbanked and vulnerable. This initiative showcases that working together with underserved communities is vital to helping them achieve financial security and independence.
During the accreditation ceremony, guests had the opportunity to hear remarks from MSUFCU President/CEO, April Clobes; MSUFCU DEI Director, Amanda Denney; East Lansing Mayor, Ron Bacon; East Lansing DEI Director, Elaine Hardy; Lansing Mayor, Andy Schor; Director of MSU Migrant Student Services, Luis A. Garcia; Lansing School Board of Education Trustee, Guillermo Z. Lopez; Cristo Rey Community Center CEO, Joseph J. Garcia; and Director of Juntos Avanzamos and Inclusiv PR Network, René Vargas Martínez.
“I’m proud that MSUFCU received this important designation,” said Joseph J. Garcia, CEO of Cristo Rey Community Center. “And I am very proud that my credit union, MSUFCU, was awarded this designation. It’s important to be open and available for the Hispanic community and I greatly appreciate it.”
Garcia continued, “For primary Spanish-speakers, most of the things we take for granted are day to day tasks, which can be daunting, overwhelming, frustrating, and challenging because of language barriers. Navigating our U.S. financial system is one of the biggest challenges. MSUFCU is a leader in helping overcome this challenge. It’s wonderful to take care of our Spanish-speaking members.”
“Normally when we engage with a credit union, the work can take years. It is a transformative process. But sometimes you find a credit union that has been doing it the whole time,” said René Vargas Martínez, Director of Juntos Avanzamos and Inclusiv PR Network. “This is one of those cases where we received the application and this criteria was designated even before we officially designated it.”
Guests were also invited to participate in a flag raising ceremony following the formal remarks, enjoy a selection of tapas and light refreshments, and watch performances by El Grupo Fiesta and Rey Rodriguez on the MSUFCU Headquarters lawn. The celebration was recorded and can be viewed on MSUFCU’s Facebook page.
Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the fifth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 11 consecutive years, a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for six consecutive years, and was named one of the top five Michigan credit unions in Forbes' Best-in-State Credit Unions 2021 list. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for nine consecutive years. MSUFCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping-people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, more than 330,000 members, almost $6.9 billion in assets, and over 1,000 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.