Atlanta University Center Consortium

Financial Literacy and Empowerment Model Resource List


Community-Wealth — provides comprehensive information on state-of-the-art strategies for community-based economic development. Visit:

Equifax — offers online Equifax credit score plus identity protection tools with daily monitoring and alerts. Visit:

Federal Reserve Education — offers consumer group educational resources to promote personal financial responsibility, exposes young people to exciting careers in economics and finance, and educates on the role of the Federal Reserve System in the global economy; Building Wealth Workbooks. Visit:

National Financial Educators Council — provides online and site-based Certified Financial Education Instructor program to help individuals acquire the expertise, credibility, self-assurance, and certification needed to teach money management lessons effectively; also provides resources, research, and program management tools. Visit:

Prosperity NOW Scorecard — provides info to residents of your state on how they fare financially and how your lawmakers can help; customizing data reports, comprehensive resources and view,  highlights, offers analysis of financial security and stability. Visit:

Center for Responsible Lending — CRL conducts in-depth research on the extent and impact of predatory lending to provide useful information to consumers, community advocates and policymakers alike. Visit:

Securities Exchange Commission —  online SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy provides a variety of services and tools to address the problems and questions consumers may face as investors; (exp. Ask Questions on Investments brochure). Visit:

BankON Atlanta — online collaboration of resources providing consumers practical financial skills that will enable them and small businesses to manage their finances and plan for the future for economic success; list of resources, workshops and provider agencies. Contact: Terica Black Bashir, project manager, Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Perform, 404-865-8950 (office); 404-803-9322 (cell), or

Federal Depositors Insurance — online, print and audio curriculum and resources; Money Smart comprehensive financial education curriculum to help low- and moderate-income individuals and businesses outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Contact Elaine Hunter, Community Affairs Specialist,, or visit:

Cities for Financial Empowerment — online Standards for workshops and facilitators. Visit:

National Financial Educators Council — online complimentary downloads of educational curriculum and materials. Visit:

Georgia Watch — online Consumer Guide for Medical Bills and Debt; state’s leading nonprofit consumer advocacy organization ensuring residents are informed and protected on matters that impact their quality of life through education and advocacy on opportunity gaps, health disparities and protection of consumers’ hard-earned income. Visit:

National Association for Consumer Advocates — online self-paced Debt Defense course helps participants find attorneys and obtain optimal results for all debt collection. Visit

American Student Assistance — online program of American Student Assistance SALT program helps students plan, pay, repay college debt; certifications for financial counselors available; refer to SAS for more details; student scholarships info available through Cappex.comBig Future and

Bankrate — online consumer information and tools on mortgages, banking, credit cards, loans, investing and personal finance. Visit:

Club Thrifty  — review of 10 best free and fee web-based apps for managing personal finances including, Personal Capital, Tiller, You Need a Budget, Mint, Every Dollar and more. Visit:

SEEDCO (in Georgia) — EarnBenefits Online® is a password-protected, website-based software application developed by Seedco to calculate eligibility for 20 benefits or more after a short interview, which populates application forms and saves them to client profiles, enabling users to focus on ensuring accurate and complete information. Visit

AARP — 99 ways to save on personal finance tips for consumers. Visit:

SunTrust — Momentum onUp® is an industry-leading workplace financial wellness program with proven results to benefit your employees and your business through a customized financial education profile, self-directed online modules, or instructor-led training offered onsite or virtually, financial counseling, tools and solutions, My MoneyDesktop, to provide a personal financial management tool that enables employees to manage their accounts, their debt, and their future all in one single view; also business and commercial products and services. Visit:

Bank of America — online personal finance education through Better Money Habits program by managing your personal finances and making smart financial decisions now. Visit:

Wells Fargo — online resources and tools (My Financial Guide) to empower you with financial knowledge, resources, and customized tools to help you understand where you are and options available. Visit:

Regions Bank — online financial seminars; Next Step (personal, small business, commercial, insights). Visit:

AUCC DDEP Orientation


2018 AUCC/DDEP Orientation
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thomas Cole Research Center for Science and Technology
Campus of Clark Atlanta University
Dress Business Casual

If you are a new or current dual degree engineering student, it is mandatory that you attend the AUCC DDEP Orientation. Come learn about how we can help you with internships, scholarships and get into engineering school. We are also giving away two great door prizes!

If you have questions, email, or call Ms. Letia Wyatt at 404-523-5148.




As new executive director of the newly structured organization, presidents charge Greene to transform the 90-year-old organization.

ATLANTA (June 11, 2018) – After a 12-month executive search, the Council of Presidents for Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc. announces the appointment of Todd Greene as executive director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.

Greene joins AUCC after 10 years with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as vice president of Community and Economic Development. In his new position with the Consortium, he will be responsible for transforming and reorganizing AUCC, focusing on four key areas: health and wellness; environment and sustainability; technology innovation; and education.

“Todd’s body of work and enthusiasm aligned with where we want to see the Atlanta University Center to ascend. Our ‘re-envisioned vision’ for the Atlanta University Center Consortium is to shift it from an organization that focuses on coordinating individual programs and governance councils to an innovative, think-tank focused on thought-leadership, collaboration, and innovation for strategic initiatives that yield meaningful and effective outcomes for the Atlanta University Center,” said Dr. Montgomery Rice, chair for the Council of Presidents. “Additionally, our vision for the AUCC is to provide a collaborative space to incubate innovative best practices relevant to the broader higher education community, with special focus and emphasis on underrepresented groups in higher education.”

With nearly 20 years of executive leadership experience in higher education, and community, economic and workplace development, Greene has a strong track-record of leading strategic transformations, including his previous roles at the Federal Reserve, and his prior position at Georgia Tech where he led various centers and programs focused on applied economic development.

“I am anxious to leverage my experiences and networks to hasten transformative change for students, faculty, and staff, and also for Atlanta and national stakeholders,” said Greene, who will assume his responsibilities June 13, 2018. “The presidents have articulated broad and ambitious goals for the campuses and for the collective role in the region and nationally.”

Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

Founded in 1929, the AUC Consortium is the world’s oldest and largest contiguous association of historically black colleges and universities in the world. Comprised of its four member institutions — Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College — AUC Consortium represents an intellectual community with a storied tradition of rich culture, scholarship, service and community engagement. Led by its board of directors, the Council of Presidents, the Consortium is a nonprofit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals, and seeks to foster collaboration that leverages shared resources of the community and member institutions to maximize opportunities for our students and the community.

Money Smart Week: April 23-28, 2018


The Atlanta University Center Consortium in partnership with Clark Atlanta University’s Financial Literacy Initiative will host the

Third Annual Money Smart Week

Monday, April 23

“Free Credit Check Monday”

Fifth Third Bank’s E-Bus will be on the Clark Atlanta University Promenade for students and all the AUC community to receive credit counseling, financial review, and other tools at no cost. Professional financial credit counselors will be on hand to provide a free credit check up and credit advice.

Tuesday, April 24

“Money Fair Tuesday”

A day of fun on the Clark Atlanta University Promenade for students and members of the community to engage with various organizations, companies and professionals for free services, opportunities, resources, and assistance from Fifth Third Bank’s E-Bus.

Wednesday, April 25

“Mo Money Wednesday”

Transitional coach Jennifer Jackson will help attendees move through various aspects of life:

  1. How to best prepare financially for entrepreneurship — Bootstrapping? Small business loans? Grants?
  2. Being a part of the workforce — 401K? Life insurance? Benefits?
  3. Life after graduation — Student loan repayment? Buying a car? Buying a home/renting? Credit versus debt?

Saturday, April 28

Fair Housing ACT Conference


Know Your Rights: Free Legal Info Forum at CAU Money Smart Week


WHAT:            COMMUniversity, in collaboration with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, will host a “Know Your Rights! Free Legal Information Station at The Power of Fair Lending Conference.” Attorneys will be on hand to provide free legal tips on expunging a criminal record; defending against pushy debt collectors; understanding probates and wills; resolving disputes with difficult landlords or lenders.

WHEN:            Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Clark Atlanta University Bishop Cornelius P. Henderson Student Center in the Baranco Mutipurpose Room, 755 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30314.

WHY:              COMMUniversity, a program of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, represents a commitment by Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College to reach the community, and has formed a partnership with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

The conference sponsors, Metro Fair Housing Services, U.S. HUD Region IV Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and AUCC are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month with this signature event. The conference will feature: a continental breakfast; a morning Plenary Session with a historical overview of the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement and the FHA; a working box lunch session will feature winners of the Westside School Art Contest and a keynote speaker address by Tim Wise regarding intergenerational movement building-prospects for social change under the Fair Housing Act; afternoon interactive Concurrent Roundtable Workshops on Solutions in 2 sessions- Inclusion and Opportunity in Westside Atlanta Redevelopment, and  Lack of Affordability, Environmental Gentrification and Lending Discrimination; a closing Plenary Session focused on Sharing Solutions that Start With You; and information stations.

The conference and information stations are free and open to the public by pre-registration only!

Contact Metro Fair Services, Inc. at: 404-524-0000

This event and forum is one of many programs by COMMUniversity to connect the neighboring community with Atlanta University Center institutions. For more information on COMMUniversity events call 404-523-5148.

Spelman College is a Top Volunteer School for Peace Corps


Annually, the Peace Corps shares its list of top volunteering-producing schools, and each year Spelman College is on the list. Tied at No. 4 on the 2018 list with five other small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, Spelman sent 14 volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps.

To see the complete list and press release, visit the Peace Corps.

AUC Alumna Creates First Lady Portrait for Smithsonian


Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald

In a Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, ceremony, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery museum unveiled its portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

It is the first time in history the museum commissioned African-American artists to paint a president and his wife. The Washington, D.C.-based museum unveiled the paintings in the ceremony attended by both the president and first lady as well as the two artists, one of which is a Clark Atlanta University graduate and a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence.

Amy Sherald, who lives in Baltimore, received her bachelor’s in painting from CAU in 1997 and became an artist-in-residence at Spelman’s Portobelo, Panama, Summer Art Colony the same year.

For more on the Obamas portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, see: Obama portraits.

For more on Sherald and her work, visit: about Amy Sherald.



Five AUC Freshmen Place Second in ILI T.I.M.E. Challenge


Pictured left to right: Zelalem Tenaw, Carter Bowdoin, Leoul Tilahun, Stephen Seymour and Nicolette Barriffe.

Five, first-year dual degree engineering students placed second in  a high-level science, technology, engineering, math, and entrepreneurial activity to “imagineer” innovative practical uses and business models for NASA technology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nicolette Barriffee, electrical engineering, Clark Atlanta University; and Morehouse College students Carter Bowdoin, mechanical engineering; Stephen Seymour, mechanical engineering; Zelalem Tenaw, computer science; and Leoul Tilahun, computer engineering, along with 20 students from historically Black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and institutions of higher learning, took on the task to take existing NASA-patented technologies to the marketplace in the Institute for Local Innovations T.I.M.E. Challenge.

The students second-place winning for their Riverside Water Purification landed them  $750 plus a $250 book stipend for each student.

NASA is challenged with hundreds of patented technologies ready to be taken to the marketplace, and too few entrepreneurs ready to move them.

New Orleans-based ILI Inc., in collaboration with Atlanta-based Liquid Studios design firm, is brings a High Impact Practice to HBCUs across the country by way of the ILI Technology Implementation Market Engine Challenge. This innovative student engagement program invites individual students, teams of HBCU students, as well as students from other colleges and university led by HBCU students to participate in the program.

In addition to the winnings, participating students receive mentoring from industry experts, via the Liquid Studios network ( and others, to increase student knowledge, skills, and career interests in economic sectors aligned with NASA-patented technology identified by ILI.

Check out the competition in pictures.

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