Session Descriptions  

monday Session 1   |   8:30-9:30am


Identifying and Mitigating Students' Financial Stressors - Think 4
Julie Tucker, Denison University

Dr. Laurel Kennedy, Denison University  

There is increasing attention to the financial stresses faced by college students. This session will provide an example of how colleges can engage students, faculty, staff and institutional leaders to identify barriers to students’ financial wellbeing. The presenters will share their methodological approach in gathering quantitative and qualitative data about the student experience, ways for generating campus discussions to yield action, and strategies for executing short- and long-term change.


Building a Peer Program From the Ground Up: Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned - Pathways
Claudia Villicaña, University of California, Berkeley

Renee Nilsen, University of North Dakota

There are many fantastic peer financial wellness programs out there, but how do you go from nothing to a finished product? When building a peer program it's tempting to think you can do everything at once and start with a fully formed program. Come learn from practitioners who have developed home-grown programs on their campuses. See how to incrementally build a peer program and learn about challenges and lessons learned along the way. 


Financial Wellness in the Classroom - Think 1
Jordee Justice, Southern Illinois University

This session will focus on bringing financial literacy literacy/fiscal wellness into the classroom. Have you considered adding a personal finance course to your school's Schedule of Classes? Southern Illinois University has built an interactive on-campus and online, personal finance course using the iGrad curriculum. The student feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Come to this session to discuss and learn how to build a financial literacy/fiscal wellness curriculum to fit your students' needs.


Inform, Explain, and Edu-tain - Think 3
Louise Biron, SUNY Cobleskill

Capturing the attention of students is hard. This session will demonstrate how to create easy, inexpensive and captivating video content that will engage and educate students about personal finance. No experience (or even a video camera) is necessary to produce professional results using a variety of free or inexpensive online programs. This presentation will show you how to create and effectively promote videos to enhance your current financial literacy program and make learning fun.


Creating Partnerships That Sail - Collaborating Incrementally To Impact Exponentially - Think 5
Kendell McCamy, University of West Georgia

Kim Holder, University of West Georgia  

This session outlines how an administrative office and academic center collaborated in year one to launch the Money Smart UWG personal finance event series. The presentation will outline methods by which these offices implemented first year programming while sharing how each used unique and specialized positions and relationships across the university landscape to broaden their collective efforts.


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