Training and Workshops

Upcoming Training Events

What Exactly is the ADA? Here's What You Need to Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Date: November 24, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. 

Presenter: Sarah Mariner - John Hopkins University, Jennifer Martin - John Hopkins University

Not quite sure about ADA requirements? Want to ensure that your office is ADA compliant? This session will provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You will learn about the necessity of the law, its requirements, key definitions, and how we can comply with the rules within the context of student services. After attending this session, you will gain an awareness of ADA compliance issues and the knowledge to communicate more effectively with people with disabilities.

Sarah Mariner is the Director of University Financial Aid Operations at the Johns Hopkins University. She has enjoyed working in financial aid since 2009, and serves in the DE-DC-MD ASFAA (Tri-State) and EASFAA organizations. She is the current Tri-State Chair-Elect and just ended her two-year term as EASFAA secretary in June 2020. During her two terms as MD Tri-State president, she promoted diversity awareness by organizing workshops for aid professionals. These workshop themes have included religion, culture, and communication for diverse student populations. Sarah is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. She came to the United States to pursue a B.A. in Telecommunications at Morgan State University, and later earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.

Jennifer Martin is Director of University Financial Aid Compliance at Johns Hopkins University. She works with the university’s eight financial aid offices to ensure they are in compliance with Title IV requirements. Previously, Jennifer worked in the Division of Training and Regulatory Assistance at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). She has also worked in the financial aid offices at the University of Maryland and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a graduate division of Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer holds degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Maryland.

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Improving Graduate Student Financial Literacy

Date: December 1, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. 

Presenter: Hillary werner - Northeastern University School of Law, Elizabeth Lally - Northeastern University, Alexis Kallen - Yale School of Law (Graduate Student)

Please join us for a panel discussion on improving graduate financial literacy

Hillary Werner is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to working at the law school, she taught first grade in Chelsea, MA. In her current role, Hillary utilizes financial literacy and wellness to help students better understand their financial aid packages. She holds a degree in elementary education from Boston University and is currently working towards her Master in Higher Education Administration. In her free time, Hillary enjoys running, reading, and cooking.

Elizabeth Lally is the Assistant Director for the Center for Financial Independence at Northeastern University, where she previously worked as a financial aid counselor. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and her Master of Science in Global Studies of International relations from Northeastern.

Alexis Kallen is on a mission to make the world a better place for young women. Education has opened her eyes to what's possible and helped her better understand institutional barriers. With her law degree, she plans to become an advocate for marginalized communities, especially refugee women with disabilities.

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EASFAA LEADS is a division of the Training Committee with the explicit goal of Leadership Development for members of the EASFAA Community. We are not talking Financial Aid “nuts & bolts” here! Our goal is to set you on the path to advance your career through leadership training opportunities, which will build the confidence and skills that you need to move towards that next step – be it within EASFAA itself, your current organization, or beyond. Come join us at the table and learn how to build your Executive Presence.

Making your Way in the World Today: How to successfully navigate being a part of the Enrollment Management landscape

Date: Dec. 15, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. 

Presenter: Ashley Bianchi, Williams College

In this session, Ashley Bianchi will talk about how she got involved in the admission side of enrollment management while bringing knowledge and expertise from the financial aid side. Together these offices are often at odds, but it can be different! This unique relationship has allowed Ashley to advance her own career and dive deeper into the administrative decision making at four unique institutions.

Ashley Bianchi is the Director of Student Financial Services at Williams College. She joined Williams in August 2018 after serving as the Director of Financial Aid at Lafayette College for five years. Ashley has also worked at Rhodes College and College of Charleston in an admissions and financial aid capacity.

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