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Meet Our Peer Counselors

Clark Atlanta University
Office of Student Financial Aid
223 James P. Brawley Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314

CAU’s goal is to provide superior service to its students and parents. Our peer counselors are ready to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. For more information on financial literacy for college students please feel free to contact us via phone or email.

  • Our peer counselors represent many academic disciplines at Clark Atlanta University; both undergraduate and graduate. They are eager to instruct the CAU undergraduate students on ways to manage their finances. They will be available to do group presentations on campus year-round. You may also schedule a time to meet with one of them for a one-on-one consultation.



My name is Iris Houston and I’m in my last year of graduate course work in Africana Women’s Studies at Clark Atlanta University.  I’m also one of the Peer Counselors in the Financial Literacy Program.

In my opinion, the financial decisions students make in college have a lasting impact on their finances after graduation and can affect their academic performance and their ability to stay in school.  Therefore, financial literacy is critical and key to one’s success.


My name is Crystal Helton. I am a first year graduate student in Clark Atlanta University's Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work. I am from the small town of Grambling, Louisiana. As a peer counselor in the financial literacy program I plan to help educate my peers on the importance of making smart financial decisions, setting specific financial goals, and budgeting personal funds accordingly. I am so appreciative to be a part of this new initiative.


My name Angelo James I am arising senior in the Social Work department at Clark Atlanta University. I feel that financial literacy is important so that you can learn the dynamics of money and also learn how to make it work for you. I am excited to be a peer counselor because once receiving the proper tools, I can effectively share the knowledge with my peers. 


My name is Jacobi McGee and I was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised in Norfolk Virginia. I am a rising junior in the department of political science.  My hobbies consist of reading, watching the news, and football (go Steelers!).  I am a focused and determined individual seeking knowledge and wisdom while obtaining my degree from Clark Atlanta University! If you have any questions feel free to email me at 


Carry Smith is a graduate of Savannah State University with a Master of Urban Studies and Planning. She is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Clark Atlanta University.  She served as committee chair for the Women S.T.A.R.Celebration (April 18-21, 2012), as advertised in Skirt Magazine.  In 2011, she ran a very heated and successful campaign for Ruel Joyner.  In 2010, she also ran for Georgia State Senate District 1.  She had 32% of the vote with over 14 thousand votes, in a highly republican district.  Earlier in 2008, she ran the largest voter registration and voter education campaign in Georgia.  She was interviewed by Dr. Emmett Brooks of Georgia Southern University for his book, “The Tiger’s Roar,” for registering 120,000 voters in Chatham County, registered 2,500 of 3,500 Savannah State students to vote, and bused another 1,500 to the polls.  Currently, Smith is in her second year at Clark Atlanta University and thrilled about the opportunity to serve as a peer counselor with the Financial Literacy Initiative.



Note- All Peer Counselors are required to take mandatory training and are provided with consistent information to keep themselves updated with the most recent information on financial education.