Madison project helps Black women gain financial literacy, wealth (Wisconsin State Journal; Halpern-Meekin and Harvey)

Human Development & Family Studies Professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin and Consumer Science Assistant Professor Melody Harvey discuss how racial disparities in wealth accumulation are systemic and have long-lasting consequences that prevent people from building financial safety nets.

At least 17 states require students to study financial literacy. Why doesn’t Wisconsin? (The Badger Project; Harvey)

Assistant Professor Melody Harvey describes how financial literacy classes may benefit students, as well as the larger economy. Harvey also explains why schools may choose to not offer financial literacy courses. Also shared by the Wausau Pilot & Review, Point/Plover Metro Wire, the Milton Courier, and Urban Milwaukee.

Why some lawmakers want to raise the FDIC insurance limit for your savings (CNN; J. Michael Collins)

Professor J. Michael Collins explains why the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank has led some U.S. policymakers to propose increasing the insurance limit on bank deposits. Also shared by CNN International,, the Albany Herald, WKBT, KTVZ, KMIZ, KTEN, News Channel Nebraska, and KRDO.

Human Ecology faculty, alumni featured in “On Wisconsin” Spring 2023 issue

The School of Human Ecology isn’t about just hoping for a better future. By helping create it, human ecologists help others reach their full potentials, too. Such innovative thinking and initiative was on display in the Spring 2023 issue of On Wisconsin, UW–Madison’s award-winning alumni magazine, which featured several Human Ecology faculty and alumni.