Breaking Down the Barriers of Poverty

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 8:00am (College Mennonite Church- Goshen College )

We hope you will join us as Dr. Donna Beegle shares her perspective on growing up in poverty, how to remove poverty related obstacles and ways to communicate across poverty barriers.
This event is free to attend. All sessions take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Goshen College Mennonite Church. You are welcome to attend just one session or all of them - indicate which ones you'll attend as you register. CEUs will be available.


7:30 – 8:00 AM - Registration

8:00 – 9:00 AM - Opening Session - An Insider's Perspective on Growing up in Poverty in America

9:00 – 9:15 AM - Break

9:15 – 12:00 PM - Morning Session - Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty (3.0 CEUS)

12:00 – 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 PM - Afternoon Session - Communicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers (2.0 CEUS)

Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she got her GED and advanced through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice with which to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty.

As president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, as well as all professionals who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. For over 27 years, Dr. Beegle’s work has spread by word of mouth to all 50 states and six countries. Dr. Beegle is also the founder of the Opportunity Community movement, which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty.


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