Staff Report

In an effort to help Miami-Dade County’s multicultural communities improve financial literacy, FIU’s College of Business will open a unique bilingual financial literacy education center, The SunTrust FIU Financial Wellness Clinic. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Oct. 19 at the College of Business Management and New Growth Opportunities (MANGO) building at FIU’s MMC campus to welcome the initiative.

The state-of-the-art financial literacy clinic, made possible through a $600,000 grant from the SunTrust Foundation to FIU’s College of Business, will educate and empower low- to middle-income residents of Miami-Dade County’s multicultural communities through an innovative and comprehensive bilingual curriculum; free resources and educational tools; consulting; workshops and seminar series; guest speakers and mentoring.

Miami-Dade County is home to the fourth largest and most diverse public school district in the nation, and under the leadership of the College of Business’ highly-visible Capital Markets Lab, the SunTrust FIU Financial Wellness Clinic will feature the latest technology designed to boost finance skills for its participants. Comprehensive financial literacy programs will be developed to support FIU students and their parents as well as students enrolled in Miami-Dade County’s Academy of Finance high school programs, and the community at large.