KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – March 31, 2021 – George Nichols III, President and CEO at The American College of Financial Services, announced today the launch of a new partnership with the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development focused on addressing the financial literacy knowledge gap in communities of color and lack of diversity in the financial services industry.
Underrepresented communities have faced institutional barriers to financial security and wealth for decades, leaving a significant gap between those benefiting from the current system, and those being left behind.
“It’s more important than ever for all generations in underserved communities to learn financial literacy principles so that they can effectively manage their money throughout their lifetime and act as ambassadors in closing the economic equality gap,” said Nichols. “That’s why we are pleased to partner with SFE&PD on this crucial program to equip our next generation with a roadmap for financial well-being at this important point in their financial journeys that will last for years to come.”
Through the collaboration between The College, the nation’s largest accredited, nonprofit institution devoted to applied financial knowledge and education, and SFE&PD, a national non-profit leader in the financial literacy movement, the two organizations will be able to improve financial education and wellness for underserved communities by offering access to tools and support, like HBCU scholarships, mentorship and internship opportunities, access to The College’s education programs, and peer-to-peer financial literacy programs that help students build out successful career-pathways.
“Thanks to our partnership with The American College of Financial Services, SFE&PD can expand our reach and give HBCU students access to a financial toolkit that can help them increase their economic prosperity and the communities they serve throughout their lives,” said Ted Daniels, SFE&PD Founder and President. “Collaborative partnerships like this help to level the playing field for diverse students who want to enter the field of financial services but often do not have access to information or a support system to make informed financial choices or build a career in the industry.”
“The mission of The American College Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality is to help close the wealth gap and promote economic justice with collective, community-focused solutions that last,” said Karim Hill, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality. “Empowering underserved communities and positioning them for success requires action. With our collaboration with SFE&PD, we hope to amplify their decades-long work educating Black men and women through our strong partnerships with the nation’s leading financial services companies. We are confident this program will help develop a new pipeline of well-qualified and aspiring professionals who will innovate and lead across the industry.”
For more information on The Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality and the Center’s initiatives, visit equality.theamericancollege.edu.