The Center for Women and Financial Independence (WFI) is a resource at Smith College providing women with the skills and knowledge necessary to address financial issues that may arise in their personal, professional, family and community lives. This includes lessons in basic financial literacy, the opportunity to build an in-depth understanding of global financial markets, and tools for entrepreneurs and those seeking skills for successful self-employment.
The Center for Women and Financial Independence is located in the Neilson Library neon archway in the center of the Smith College campus.
Smith College launched the WFI program in fall 2001 to ensure that Smith students acquire the skills to understand and manage finances in their personal, professional, family and community lives. By transitioning to a permanent center in Spring 2011, Smith demonstrated that it recognizes financial literacy as vital to achieving leadership of all kinds in today's complex world.
The Center aims to enable Smith students to manage their own financial wellbeing as well as to contribute to that of their families and communities. In one decade, WFI has made significant progress in meeting its original goals to:
- increase awareness of the importance of financial literacy among students at Smith
- give Smith students the knowledge and skills to tackle life's financial decisions
- provide hands-on opportunities for Smith students to implement financial lessons learned through our courses
- reach out to alumnae and other professional women who can enhance students' financial education