Next Part in Webinar Series on Difficult Dialogues in Personal Finance: African Americans and Financ


In honor of Black History Month, please join the School of Social Work's Financial Social Work Initiative as we participate in a 3-part webinar series on the topic of financial capability and African Americans. Webinars are offered by the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education. There is no cost to students and staff who want to participate, but please email Dr. Christine Callahan at ccallahan@ssw.umaryland.edu if you would like to reserve a seat. You can attend one or all three! The webinars on Tuesday, 2/28, are from 12-1 pm in Room 3e29b. Titles and a brief description of each webinar are offered below:

  • Webinar 1 (2/14): African Americans AND Finance: From Slavery to Civil Rights: This webinar builds a financial professionals foundation for cultural understanding, by take a deeper look at the economic progression of the African American community from slavery to civil rights, analyzing both the strides and the setbacks made during this time.

  • Webinar 2 (2/28): African Americans IN Finance: Racial Identify and More: The second webinar explores the unique connection of money and racial identity. Taking you through the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s and 70’s and into the present day, as African Americans begin to embrace their economic freedom in American Society.

  • Webinar 3 (3/14): African Americans ON Finance: What Financial Professionals Can Do: Awareness creates opportunity. In the third and final webinar, financial professionals build upon what they have learned about the African American community and learn to apply this knowledge to better communicate, educate and serve their African American clients.

Schane D. Coker, MS, AFC, will facilitate the webinars. Schane Coker is a Financial Coach for the Financial Coaching Program, an initiative of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), serving veterans, transitioning service members, their family members, and low-income individuals in the Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe. Schane holds a Bachelors’ in Financial Counseling and Planning, and a Master’s in Family and Consumer Economics from Purdue University. He also has 6 years of banking industry experience working at a credit union in various positions, including a Loan Officer and Assistant Branch Manager. His research interests include the Financial Capacity and Stability of a Consumer’s Household, looking into how an individual or group of consumers make financial decisions based on their Psychological, Sociological, and Economic background and history.

For more info, please contact Christine Callahan.

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