The NCUA has long been committed to having a more diverse workforce and leadership team. To achieve our diversity and inclusion goals, we focus on specific areas:
- expanding our understanding of diversity,
- implementing diversity and inclusion as business imperatives,
- being intentionally inclusive, and
- mitigating unconscious bias.
Read the NCUA Chairman’s annual statement (opens new window) reinforcing the agency's commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Workforce Diversity Programs
The NCUA has established a variety of programs to help us sustain a skilled, highly engaged, and diverse workforce at all levels, including leadership.
- Recruitment outreach: Strategically engaging specific, diverse segments within the population allows us to broaden the pool of talent from which we recruit and strengthens potential employees’ understanding of our agency and the financial services sector.
- Formal mentoring: Providing opportunities to build and share organizational knowledge and professional expertise capitalizes on the experience of successful individuals committed to the development of an inclusive, high-performing workforce. This in turn improves the mentees’ skills, organizational perspective, and self-confidence. The NCUA benefits from an enhanced, inclusive work environment and strengthened employee recruitment, development and retention.
- Diversity Advisory Council: Leveraging a team of diversity champions from throughout the agency provides the NCUA with a valuable resource to assist and advise decision makers with diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Training and education: Learning and professional development programs ensure the NCUA maintains a consistent and competent pool of diverse talent. Focusing on topics such as unconscious bias provides staff and supervisors with techniques to identify and mitigate bias and equip them with tools to be more inclusive in the workplace.
Workplace Inclusion Programs
Providing internships for students from diverse communities allows the NCUA to bring talented young individuals into the organization for temporary assignments. This gives the students valuable, substantive work experience and exposure to the financial services industry while bringing diverse perspectives, fresh ideas, and young talent into the agency. More information about this program is available here.
Creating inclusion through connections
At the NCUA, our employees are instrumental in shaping and advancing our diversity, equity, inclusion, and allyship (DEI&A) efforts. NCUA employees contribute daily to the agency's DEI&A goals by engaging in one or more of our eight employee resource groups (ERGs.) ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that serve as a resource for members and organizations within the agency. The ERGs help foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.
How ERGs Support Employees
The NCUA ERG program focuses on creating and building strong connections among employees. The program brings together colleagues who share a common identity, characteristic, or set of interests to foster greater inclusion and engagement, create a sense of community, and support the personal growth and professional development of members.
How ERGs Support the Agency
ERGs contribute to the creation and maintenance of a work culture that recognizes, appreciates, and effectively encourages the use of the talents, skills, and perspectives of all employees in the achievement of the NCUA's mission. ERGs help build connections among their members and others, which supports retention of highly skilled NCUA staff. These groups also strengthen the agency's performance by developing programs and learning opportunities for their members and the NCUA workforce.