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International Delegation Visits UMB to Improve Financial Literacy

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Office of Financial Education and Wellness hosted 10 professionals from Belarus to discuss best practices in improving financial literacy.

Patricia Scott, assistant vice president of student financial assistance and education, welcomed the group to the SMC Campus Center. As a special treat, the delegates were greeted by Tamara Borisevich, a Belarusian native who works in the School of Pharmacy.

Tisa Silver Canady, MBA, director of financial education and wellness facilitated the discussion and provided the delegation with an overview of UMB’s efforts to improve financial literacy.  The group expressed strong interest in financial aid counseling, loan repayment, and financial literacy programming with external partners such as the School of Social Work Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI), the Baltimore CASH Campaign, and Guidewell Financial Solutions.

“Collaborating with community partners has allowed UMB to provide students and employees with valuable financial services such as tax filing and preparation assistance and credit report reviews, free of charge,” said Silver Canady.

Silver Canady emphasized UMB’s practice of coordinating financial education and wellness activities with the efforts of campus financial aid administrators. Delegates were able to learn about federal financial aid programs and the nuances of graduate and professional aid from UMB’s financial aid counselors: Peggy Buerhaus, Jaslynn Hutley, Richard Legendre, Anderlynn Mitchell, and Breyann Williams. Yvette Gregory, MS, coordinator of the Federal Work-Study Program shared insights on student workers.

In addition to their UMB visit, the delegates have interacted with leaders at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Maryland State Department of Education, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Maryland CASH Campaign, and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.

Activities for the delegation were coordinated by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI), through USAID’s Community Connections Program. The three-week immersion program is a reflection of the Belarusian government’s commitment to financial literacy and seeks to improve the participants’ understanding of U.S. methods in the field so they can influence change in their communities. Upon return to Belarus, the delegates must implement a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART goals) action plan within six months.

Tisa Silver CanadyCollaboration, Education, People, UMB NewsAugust 28, 20150 comments
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Tisa Silver Canady featured in Maryland Public Television Special, “Thinking Money: Practical Solutions”

Maryland Public Television (MPT) will broadcast the original documentary film, “Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions,” showcasing the impact of behavioral psychology on everyday financial decision-making. Tisa Silver Canady, MBA, associate director of financial education and wellness, is featured in a televised, post-documentary panel discussion of the film, “Thinking Money: Practical Solutions,” where she offers practical solutions for individuals with regards to financial activities such as saving, spending, and investing.

Who Else Is Involved?

The panel also features Gerri Walsh, JD, president of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Allen Cox, PhD, managing director of the Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy. The discussion will be moderated by MPT’s veteran business correspondent, Karen Gibbs.

Several UMB students and staff participated in the special as members of the studio audience. A Q&A session filmed after the discussion includes questions from Seante Hatcher, program director in the University of Maryland School of Social Work‘s Office of Continuing Professional Education and 2015 Carey Law graduates Jasmyn Allen and Frederick Curtis. Watch some clips from the Q&A.

About Tisa Silver Canady

Since joining the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2011, Canady has personally advised students on the repayment of more than $25 million in student loan debt. In addition to her work in financial education and wellness, Canady is an accomplished finance author and a member of the School of Social Work Financial Social Work Initiative Steering Committee.

Thinking Money: Practical Solutions will air on MPT, Friday, July 31 at 10 p.m. EST and Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2 a.m. EST.

Tisa Silver CanadyClinical CareJuly 28, 20150 comments
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Tisa Silver Canady Receives Honor From Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

Tisa Silver Canady, MBA, associate director, Office of Financial Education and Wellness, was honored as Consumer Volunteer of the Year by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (MCRC) during the organization’s annual awards dinner, held in November in Clarksville, Md.

As a financial educator, author, and volunteer, Canady has worked long and hard to show students and Maryland residents the value of financial education and help them understand how to protect themselves in the marketplace. Her efforts included hosting an on-campus screening and panel discussion of the MCRC documentary film, Driven to Defraud, in partnership with the School of Social Work Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI) and the Office of Student Development and Leadership (OSDL). In 2015, Canady will continue such partnerships in order to provide University of Maryland, Baltimore students with free tax preparation assistance, free credit reports and reviews and workshops on topics including investments, home buying and student loan repayment.

Tara Silver CanadyCollaboration, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeJanuary 9, 20151 comment
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