Muscatine welcomes national poverty speaker Donna Beegle

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A collaboration of community partners will host Dr. Donna Beegle, an acclaimed national speaker on poverty, on Tuesday, April 4.
Dr. Beegle was born into generational poverty, married at 15, and is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. She was homeless for over 20 years. By age 26, she earned her GED and then, within 10 years, received her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is an authentic voice from poverty.
Ms. Beegle is the author of See Poverty, Be the Difference, and An Action Approach to Educating Students in Poverty.
Donna will share her powerful, personal story of poverty, success and actionable models being used in cities across the nation during the following sessions April 4 at Muscatine Community College in the Bob Roach Theatre:

9:00am-10:30am – For Service providers and educators

4:00pm-5:00pm – For Service providers and educators

6:00pm-7:30pm – Community-wide presentation. The public is encouraged to attend.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Beegle will also present a session on the importance of education directly to high school students.
Muscatine City Housing Administrator Jodi Royal-Goodwin shared, “Listening to Dr. Beegle speak was like an ‘aha’ moment. I’ve been working with families living on limited incomes for years and have been through other well-known poverty and cultural awareness trainings. Now, it finally clicked how cultural norms, experiences and communication style of persons experiencing poverty, especially those born into poverty, are not considered in policy and program development.

MCSA Executive Director Charla Schafer stated, “Listening to Donna’s story broadens your understanding of generational poverty, transforms your perspective, and opens your eyes to possibilities for our entire community, especially our children.”
Dr. Beegle’s visit is being collaboratively sponsored by Eastern Iowa Community College, Muscatine Community School District, City of Muscatine, Muscatine Center for Social Action, Kids First Fund, AIM, and the Muscatine Ministerial Association.
Grant funding has been generously provided by Muscatine County Community Partnership for Protecting Children (CPPC) and the Muscatine County Decategorization Board.
MCSA operates a homeless shelter, a homeless prevention program, and a domestic violence shelter. For more information on MCSA visit www.mcsaiowa.org or call 563-264-3278.