Events of the past year have brought a heightened sense to the need for organizations to examine how their actions and efforts are assisting the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and racial justice. While IIANC and its members have always been incredible at serving our communities in many ways, especially in times of crisis and disaster, we recognize that there is room for improvement when it comes to diversity issues.
IIANC also knows that actions speak far louder than words. We are pleased to announce three new initiatives to help us move in the right direction on this issue.
- IIANC Diversity Committee: Deirdre Rushin, Imperial Insurance and Financial Solutions (Durham, NC), will serve as Chair of this newly-formed committee, which will be charged with providing IIANC direction and suggestions on being a more inclusive organization and increasing minority participation within the association.
- Diversity Scholarship Program: In order to encourage the hiring of more minorities by our member agencies, IIANC has designated $10,000 to pay for the pre-licensing and other on-boarding training needed by newly hired minorities. See below for more information.
- Historically Black College & University Outreach: In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Insurance, IIANC will be funding outreach programs at North Carolina’s HBCUs that are designed to increase awareness and encourage the pursuit of careers in either insurance regulation or the broader insurance industry.