Session Descriptions  

monday Session 1   |   8:30-9:30am

International Students & Financial Wellness: Customized Outreach | SKYLINE I

Betsy Everts, University of Minnesota Kristin Hummel, University of Minnesota  

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities welcomed nearly 3,000 international undergraduate students in the fall of 2017. These students are acclimating to a new way of doing things and we are continuously trying to improve their financial understanding.The Financial Wellness Committee collaborated with International Student and Scholar Services to provide financial resources designed specifically for international students. Come learn how to implement similar resources at your institution!

Building a Comprehensive/Cross-Functional Financial Literacy Program | SKYLINE II

Melissa Flowers, Brown University Lyndsey Aguilar, Wheaton College

How can your institution offer financial literacy initiatives in the absence of a dedicated department charged to do so? Who are the key collaborators who can assist? This presentation will include an in-depth description of Trinity University’s financial literacy team, highlight some of Trinity University’s NASPA Excellence Award-winning programs, and provide opportunities for participants to conceptualize similar initiatives on their campuses.

Communicating for a Change: Connecting with Students via Story | SKYLINE III

Kendall McCamy, University of West Georgia

Many financial literacy practitioners try to market our services to students the same way we would to ourselves or our leadership, with data and statistics. Students are only concerned about how our work will help them survive and thrive, and even then, only if that message is free of noise. This session is all about understanding and incorporating the basic elements of story into your marketing efforts to connect with students in a way that will invite their attention and broaden your impact.

Engaging Students Through Technology | BROADWAY I-II

Stuart Rosove, Myperfi

It makes no sense.  Today's students are the first digital natives who grew up online.  Yet, student loans are the second highest type of consumer debt and the negative impact to the economy is very real.  With unlimited access to information, why is that? Colleges spend millions developing financial literacy programs but struggle with meaningful delivery.  This session explores how to engage our students in financial literacy by leveraging the very technology in which they live their lives.

Unmasking Bias: Addressing Systemic Issues and Barriers in Finances | BROADWAY III-IV

Paola Hernandez Barón, Indiana University

Beyond addressing the role of identities, this session highlights historical, political, and societal factors influencing the messages students receive around money. It will address the role of oppression, “white” language, and systemic issues in finances. Particularly for students of color and marginalized communities, we must be intentional in identifying biases. It is important to unpack the meaning of financial wellness, understand students’ perceptions, and explore how we discuss money.


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