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NASPA Financial Literacy and Well-being

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February 2, 2022

Understanding budgeting, borrowing, investing, personal financial management, and tax policies are all necessary skills in today's society. Increased financial literacy helps to move individuals and communities toward greater financial well-being, reducing stress, increasing economic mobility, and better allocating resources to meet current expenses and prepare for future financial obligations.

NASPA is excited to launch a new initiative focusing on developing a financial literacy and well-being curriculum, tools, and resources for student affairs professionals in all phases of their professional journeys. From educating individuals on the persistence of racial wealth gaps to navigating retirement decisions, the Association is interested in building these resources through a lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.



Financial Literacy and Well-being Advisory Committee

The NASPA Financial Literacy and Well-being Advisory Committee consists of individuals from a variety of professional levels and various backgrounds. These leaders offer experiences and familiarity with financial management to assist in building the curriculum to develop financial literacy and well-being initiatives, engage with one another in our own financial management learning process, and ensure that the resources and learning opportunities are relevant to members’ needs.

Jenny Cotton Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life Georgia Institute of Technology
Kara Cunny Military Affiliated Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator College of Lake County
Candace Henry Assistant Director of Financial Education and Outreach University of South Florida
Darryl Holloman Vice President for Student Affairs Spelman College
Holley Linkous Faculty Member Purdue University Global
Suzanne Matthews Director, Center for Financial and Economic Education Westchester Community College
Kevin Wright Senior Equity Facilitator/Consultant Center for Equity and Inclusion
Brad Yeckley Assistant Director, Niner Finances University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Kevin Kruger President NASPA
Stephanie Gordon Vice President for Professional Development NASPA
Amelia Parnell Vice President for Research and Policy NASPA
Amy Geist Director of Strategic Initiatives NASPA
Asha' Jones Assistant Director, JEDI and KC Engagement Initiatives NASPA


Over the next year, NASPA will provide several events focusing on the financial literacy and well-being of our members. From online learning events to in-person speakers, the Financial Literacy and Well-being Advisory Committee will provide a curriculum highlighting the knowledge and skills one needs to understand and put into action!

Demystifying Financial Well-being for New Professionals
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET 

Join Martina Edwards and a group of colleagues as we navigate the seemingly complicated world of financial well-being. Click here to register for the event.

Ongoing Financial Planning for Mid-to-Senior Level Student Affairs Educators
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

As individuals navigate their careers in student affairs and head into their mid-to-senior-level roles, there is a lot to think about in the financial world! From saving for emergencies, planning for retirement, ensuring that one has enough insurance, and beyond, what should you be thinking about in this point in your career when it comes to the financial well-being. Join Martina Edwards for a continued discussion on what it means to build your relationship with your financial future.

As a free webinar for NASPA members, we hope you'll join the conversation to develop your financial well-being plan. Register today!


NASPA Annual Conference - Keynote Speaker - Julianne Malveaux
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. ET

Join Julianne Malveaux at the NASPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland - or online during the NASPA Virtual Experience! Dr. Malveaux is an economist, author, activist, entrpreneur, and educator. She has written about virtually every aspect of the Black experience and demographic shifts and their impact on the economy. She has written about health, wealth, gender, intersectionality, law, and public policy. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to hear Dr. Malveaux talk about the ecomonic wealth gap and its connection to our nation's history of racial economic envy. 

Register for the NASPA Annual Conference or the NASPA VIrtual Experience today!


For inquiries about the work of the NASPA Finanical Literacy and Well-being Initiatives, please contact:

Stephanie A. Gordon

Vice President for Professional Development, NASPA

[email protected]

(202) 719-1166


Amy Geist

Director of Strategic Initiatives, NASPA

[email protected]

(202) 903-0646