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MDCCC Americorps Vista Member to Help Launch Financial Literacy Program for UDC Students

Provost Ken Bain said, "Equipping students with a better understanding of financial matters is a key linchpin for their success in and out of college, and for the community as a whole. We look forward to working with Ms. Kendra Cole to build a model program that allows our students to then share through their own networks." 

Kendra ColeJune 24, 2013, Washington, DC – The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is pleased to welcome Ms. Kendra Cole, who will serve as the Coordinator of the "Each-One-Teach-One Financial Literacy to College Access Program," a project that falls under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and will be based in the School of Business & Public Administration. This project is the result of a partnership between UDC and the Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) AmeriCorpsVISTA program. Ms. Cole, an MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA member, will help develop a three-prong project, including: (1) a financial literacy curriculum that can be implemented through the Freshman Orientation and/or other courses; (2) a "Financial Literacy Workshop Series" that will be offered to all students throughout the academic year.  Finally, (3) those students completing the workshop series will be recruited and trained to conduct presentations on financial aid for college for local high school students, in collaboration with College Summit, a local non-profit organization. The program, anchored by a community-based learning experience, is intended to increase student enrollment and retention rates, as well as improve the quality of life for residents in neighborhoods from where many UDC students come.
This project is largely supported by the Maryland-DC Campus Compact and the AmeriCorps VISTA Program, a national service program created by President John F. Kennedy and established in 1965 for the sole purpose of fighting poverty in America. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides Ms. Cole with a small living allowance for the year-long assignment, and UDC is supplying the other resources needed to develop and implement the program. This project evolved from UDC's participation in the Maryland-DC Campus Compact, a region-wide higher education association comprised of the leadership (presidents and provosts) from area colleges and universities who are committed to bringing the resources of the academy to bear on community issues, both locally and globally, through sustainable partnerships with their communities. 

Ms. Cole is originally from New York City and earned a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University in 2009.  She recently moved to DC in order to complete her service, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, writing short stories, and planning events. After her MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA service, her career goals include obtaining an MBA and ownership of several businesses (including a full-service Event Planning and Public Relations firm as well as a restaurant lounge in NYC). To learn more about the Financial Literacy Program, MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA, or to welcome Ms. Cole to UDC and the District community, send an email or call her at: 202.274.6846, or  She is working under the supervision of Dr. Sylvia Benatti, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management, and Director, Institute for Social & Sustainability Entrepreneurship.

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