Kenneth White, Ph.D., Dept. of Personal and Family Financial Planning, The University of Arizona
Time: Friday, March 17, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Title: How Financial Socialization Messages Relate to Financial Management, Optimism and Stress: Variations by Race
Abstract:This study explored how explicit family financial socialization as reflected in three types of parental financial messages (messaging about saving, banking, and investing) relate to three financial outcomes (financial management, financial stress, and financial optimism) and how these relationships varied by race. We used cross-sectional data from 14,662 respondents from the 2014 National Student Financial Wellness Survey (NSFWS), a nationally representative dataset inclusive of students from 52 colleges and universities across the United States. Results from this study offer an understanding of how specific financial messages regarding saving, banking, and investing shape college students’ financial management behaviors and attitudes and how race/ethnicity is associated with the specific types of messaging in one’s family of origin. Specifically, results demonstrated that African American students received significantly fewer saving and banking messages and Hispanic students received fewer investing messages compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Across all racial categories, those who received the investing message reported better financial management, higher financial optimism, and experienced less financial stress.
About the Speaker:
In August 2016, Kenneth J. White Jr. earned his Ph.D. in Consumer Sciences with a focus on Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University and left Columbus, OH to start his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Financial Planning. Dr. White’s research interests involve financial education, socialization, and well-being of historically marginalized families and individuals. His work can be seen in core financial planning journals such as Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Financial Therapy, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, and Financial Services Review. Dr. White regularly collaborates across disciplines, with colleagues at universities and colleges nationwide, and often conducts research with current and former students. Dr. White teaches financial planning courses in the Norton School’s CFP® Board Registered Program.
Amanda Hilton, Ph.D., BARA [Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology], School of Anthropology, UA
Diane Austin, Ph.D., BARA, School of Anthropology, UA
Time: Friday, February 17, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Title: Community-University Relations: Community Perspectives on their Interactions with the University of Arizona
Abstract:Co-authors Hilton and Austin will present and discuss the findings of the report, Community-University Relations: Community Perspectives on their Interactions with the University of Arizona. As reflected in the title, this report came out of a study which centered hearing from community members and leaders who have engaged with UA actors about their experiences, both positive and negative. We will situate the study in the broader context of "town-gown" or community-university relations and dynamics, and university engagement efforts; describe the approach and methods used; and share findings and community perspectives on best practices and advice for moving forward.
About the Speakers:
Amanda Hilton is a research scientist at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) at the University of Arizona. She is an applied environmental anthropologist and political ecologist who works in Sicily, Italy and the US Southwest and Southeast.
Diane Austin is a research professor and director of the School of Anthropology. An applied anthropologist, she has worked on collaborative community research for decades with partners in the greater Tucson area, the US-Mexico borderlands, tribal communities in northern Arizona and southern Utah, and the US Gulf of Mexico region.
Dawn Demps, Ph.D., Dept. of Educational Studies & Policy, University of Arizona
Time: Friday, January 27, 2023 from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Title: Where do We Go From Here: Black Mothers' School Considerations in Post Covid America
Abstract: This presentation discusses the choices a group of grassroots organizers comprised of Black natural and other mothers consider when confronting the barriers and trauma their children experience in the school system. The research posits a "Taxonomy of Black Maternal Response" and delves into the contributing factors influencing the ways the mothers chose to combat student exclusion for the benefit of all their communal brood.
About the Speaker:
Dawn M. Demps is a Flint, MI native that has been involved with community advocacy and organizing for over 25 years. In her community efforts, she utilizes her own lived experiences to connect with students and parents to promote tools for self-advocacy, and structural reforms and strives to champion the concerns of these populations.
Dawn holds an MA in Social Justice Studies from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI, and received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Education Policy and Evaluation. She has published articles examining the possibilities of youth-inspired school leadership as exhibited through youth voice and participatory action research, unpacking the difficulties and potential of Black and Brown collaborative educational leadership and how art can be used to expose the experiences of Black youth who have experienced school exclusion. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s College of Education in Education Policy Studies and Practice. Her research focuses on historical and contemporary policies and practices that contribute to the educational pushout of racialized populations. She further interrogates the ways those populations resist such exclusionary efforts to advocate for policy changes and work towards the creation of inclusive futures. From this work, she queries how we have come to determine and define who are "educational leaders".
Dawn has been awarded the 2020/21 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship and Arizona State University Dissertation Completion Fellowship. A sample of her other recognitions include the 2019 University Council for Education Administration (UCEA) Putting Research Into Action Award, 2019 Hilliard Sizemore Research Fellow, UCEA Barbara Jackson Scholar, and Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention. She additionally serves as a member of the Arizona Department of Education’s African American Advisory Council and is the proud mother of 3 children: Journi, Jayanti and Zora- ages 20, 18, and 10 respectively.
Karen Armknecht, MBA, Chicanos por la Causa, Inc.
Victoria Iwinski, MA, Chicanos por la Causa, Inc.
Time: Friday, September 23, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Title: The Burden of the Pandemic: How Covid-19 Pushed Inequity Over the Edge
Abstract: Join the CPLC Research & Evaluation team as they present their findings from an analysis of interviews with more than 1,000 CPLC clients about the economic and health impacts of Covid-19. With lost jobs, reduced hours, lack of childcare, threats of eviction, and other family stressors, vulnerable populations are bearing the burden of the pandemic. Learn how Covid-19 is impacting your neighbors, your community, your customers, and your constituents.
About the Speakers:
Karen is a leader, serving as Vice President of Research and Evaluation at Chicanos por la Causa. She has
served in leadership positions in private, non-profit, and consulting sectors for Ford Motor Company,
Salt River Project, and the Kantar group. Karen graduated from Occidental College with an Advance
Bachelor’s in Diplomacy and World Affairs and earned an MBA, with honors, from the Thunderbird
School of Global Management. She employs expert evaluations that are culturally grounded, relevant,
and tailored to the community. She is passionate about serving CPLC’s clients by providing evaluations
that ensures their voices are heard, and CPLC embraces her passion by using her team’s data to make
important decisions. She loves building teams while embracing technology to align goals, and inspiring
others to challenge themselves to grow their skills. You can often find her reading a book, watching a
movie, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family including Cassidy her mini bernedoodle.
Victoria Iwinski is the Evaluation Business Intelligence Manager for the Research
Evaluation department at CPLC. She has a background in Criminal Justice, Psychology,
Research, and Evaluation. She has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from the
Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to coming to CPLC, Ms. Iwinski was
Head Evaluator and a Qualified Mental Health Professional for a severe mental health
facility in Chicago, Illinois where she worked with clients with diverse diagnoses and
additionally conducted the facility’s inaugural program evaluation. Since coming to
CPLC and joining the Research Evaluation team, Ms. Iwinski dedicates a majority of
her time to CPLC’s Integrated Health and Human Services Pillar and continues to
pursue projects in the realm of community health, social determinants of health, and
more recently in health equity and housing as healthcare.
See our other previous Turbeville Speaker Series here.