Tag Archives: Center for Financial Security

Scenes from the municipal market in Tucuru, Guatemala. Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before. With the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women, women's groups in the area have learned to produce shampoo in bigger batches and in different varieties—such as aloe, cacao, avocado and honey—and sell them in local markets. The Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women is working to advance advance gender equality and economic empowerment of women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. In Guatemala, the programme started in 2015, with funding from Norway and Sweden, supporting rural women to develop a range of skills, from sustainable agricultural practices to marketing organic shampoo and learning solar engineering. With better knowledge of their own rights and access to skills, credit and income, women participants can make more decisions within their homes and participate in municipal spaces.

SoHE News: Aug 14–20

Angus opens a new show in Pittsburgh, Huambachano discusses Indigenous food sovereignty, Litzelman on the cancer caregiver burden, Whelan on back-to-school shopping changes, highlights from Human Ecology MS 2020 grads, and more.

Two women in a park doing yoga. in boat pose holding hands. They are both wearing masks.

SoHE News: Aug 7–13

Mace wins Fellowship.art award, Whelan discusses marriage and birth rate trends, Carter’s material culture take on “The Goonies,” Raison to present on depression and the pandemic, and more.

Grandmother on a couch reading Sesame Workshop materials to grandson

SoHE News: June 12-18

Poehlmann-Tynan research with Sesame Workshop featured by university, Thomas talks mental health with alumni for UW Now, CFS RDRC hosts its second annual Junior Scholars in Training program, and more.

Milwaukee skyline

SoHE News: May 22-28

Design History PhD student wins major research award, McInnes describes the “wau” in Wisconsin place names, incoming undergrad wins Summit Credit Union scholarship, Whelan remembers an unorthodox self-help author, and more.

Social Poverty

SoHE News: Apr 17–23

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Checkbook Balancing

SoHE News & Events: Mar 13–26

SoHE and Extension experts advise on family finances in COVID-19 crisis | DiPrete Brown promotes COVID-19 survey for Wisconsin | Whelan shares tips for mental health under safer-at-home guidance | Keeler profiled in Badger Insider | Addo on the value of a writing community | Shim APLUS research featured on PsychCentral | Outside Magazine highlights Raison’s heat therapy research | Badger$ense covers credit scores for Badger Herald | CFS research cited in Motley Fool | Hartley on parent-child relationships in families with children on the autism spectrum | Shim on young adults’ relationship choices and financial resources | Hilgendorf and Moore on collaborative health equity evaluation models | Ahrens on multiple internships for college students

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SoHE News & Events: Jan 17–23

Poehlmann-Tynan on child visitation rooms in prisons | Center for Financial Security to advise national program to counsel low- and moderate-income consumers | Whelan discusses Madison’s #1 work-life balance ranking and on New Year’s Resolutions | Raison live event on the mind-body connection | Fairbanks to speak at Kent State | Shim’s new research on the college-to-career financial transition | Dodge Francis on diversifying the research profession

View of the "Intersections" exhibit in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery at SoHE.

SoHE News & Events: Sep 27–Oct 3

“Intersections” show glowingly reviewed in The Isthmus | Major funding awarded to research financial vulnerability | Christine Whelan talks clothing rental | Jennifer Gaddis in Mother Jones | Jennifer Angus show opening soon in St. Pete

J Michael Collins

CFS’s Five-Year Focus on Vulnerable Populations

Collaboration with the U.S. Social Security Administration supports work led by J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Associate Professor in Consumer Science. It’s not uncommon today to hear reports of a looming retirement crisis for the population at large. But what lies ahead for our most vulnerable? As […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 15-21

CFS Director Collins Quoted in NYT Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security, Dr. J. Michael Collins, was quoted in a recent New York Times article titled 6 College-Money Lessons You Didn’t Learn in High School. Among advice from other experts, Collins suggests students create a spending plan in order to prevent excess […]

Peggy Olive

Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign Wins Award

Governor Scott Walker announced today that The Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign, an initiative spear-headed by Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, and the UW-Extension Family Living Program has been named a recipient of a Governor’s Financial Literacy Award 2017.  Olive holds a joint appointment in the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security and UW-Extension Family Living […]

Grad Student L’Esperance: Exploring Financial Decision-Making

Household Finance and Well-being In our modern world, life can be a series of big and small financial decisions. So how do individuals make these day-to-day decisions that can impact the rest of their lives? SoHE graduate student Madelaine L’Esperance is digging deeper into this question through her research, paying special attention to how people, particularly low-income […]