The Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance is a network of professionals dedicated to bringing together post-secondary organizations to inform national conversations that impact the financial wellness field, public policy and educational support services.
The Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance was created as a result of the success of the annual Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit (originally known as the National Summit on Collegiate Financial Wellness), which was first held in 2014.
The initial primary objective behind the Summit was to bring practitioners together to explore how institutions can better provide access to financial education material that would help address issues related to student debt and a lack of financial literacy among college students. While it is still a core piece of the Summit, the programming has expanded to address barriers to degree completion that stem from students’ financial issues, such as food insecurity, homelessness, and overall financial fragility.
While the Summit has been a positive venue for bringing together financial wellness champions from around the country, there is now a clear demand for the opportunity to continue the conversations throughout the rest of the year. This is the reason for the Alliance: to be the premiere forum for conversations related to financial wellness in higher education.
The Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance is a network of professionals dedicated to bringing together post-secondary organizations to inform national conversations that impact the financial wellness field, public policy, and educational support services.
The Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance will be the premier forum for conversations related to financial wellness in higher education. Through programming, policy, and research the alliance will scale impactful solutions and further the national discussion to assist campuses in developing financial wellness for students to support responsible college financing, remove barriers to degree completion, and provide lifelong skills for economic prosperity.
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The Alliance Directorate
The Alliance Directorate is responsible for the year-round programming put on by the organization. The Directorate is comprised of financial wellness practitioners from around the country who are passionate about spreading the knowledge they’ve learned from their time in the field. If you have any questions about the Alliance, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Schuman, Executive Director | Indiana University
Bryan Ashton, Managing Director | Trellis Company
Spencer Bowman, Director of Digital Media | Indiana University
Jimena Huaco, Co-Director of Alliance Programming | Champaign College
Morgan McMillan, Director of the Summit | Indiana University
Nate Peterson, Director of Marketing and Communications | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Philippa Satterwhite, Director of Summit Programming | University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Karen Serna, Director of Research | Austin Community College
Janessa Siegel, Director of Sponsorships
Claudia Villicaña, Co-Director of Alliance Programming | University of California, Berkeley
Brad Yeckley, Director of Volunteers | University of North Carolina at Charlotte