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Thought Leadership: Beyond Literacy: A JEDI Approach to Student Financial Empowerment

July 1, 2024 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm EDT

This session introduces a multilayered Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) approach for higher education professionals to enhance financial empowerment programming for students. As the need for financial literacy outcomes gain importance and attention on college campuses, how can we integrate JEDI principles to go further? A JEDI approach is crucial, especially for students from low-income and working-class backgrounds, ensuring that financial content is accessible and relevant to all students’ lived experiences.  This session will include the introduction of high-level frameworks, concrete examples of implementation, and facilitated discussion among participants to explore applicability on your campuses. 

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify financial challenges commonly faced by low-income and working-class students in higher education.
  • Differentiate the levels of a JEDI approach to financial empowerment programming.
  • Ideate at least one new financial empowerment program idea for their campus.
ACUI Core Competencies
  • Social Justice 
  • Student Learning 
  • Organizational Leadership 
Registration Details
  • Campus Pass for Premium or Full Tier Member Campus: $199
  • Campus Pass for Digital Tier Member Campus: $249
  • Nonmember: $249

After the initial registration from an individual at a campus, others associated with the campus will be able to register at the $0 complimentary rate. Each person who wants access to event or resources following event should register individually. Members must be associated with the correct campus account to receive the $0 rate, where applicable; please contact acui@acui.org with questions or issues. 

Premium and Full Tier members may use a Thought Leadership Voucher toward this event. Please contact acui@acui.org with questions or issues. 

About the Presenter

rita (she/her/hers) is a financial empowerment educator, facilitator, and coach. She brings more than 17 years of social justice experience from movement-building, direct service, and education spaces to her financial work. She founded Community Roots Financials (CRF) to create and hold space for low-income and working-class communities to be whole, joyful, and free through financial empowerment. 
rita uniquely interweaves the personal, emotional, and political aspects of money. While supporting people to reach their financial goals, she offers critical education to unpack the harmful effects of racism, capitalism, and classism. Through CRF, she hopes to spark greater collective organizing towards equitable economic conditions that serve the needs of all people. 

About Thought Leadership

Thought leadership events bring in experts from outside of higher education to share information on industry best practices, trends, or research that assists college union and student activities professionals to do their work on campus.