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OLLU welcomed Dr. Donna Beegle for presentation on poverty

OLLU hosted a presentation by Dr. Donna Beegle titled “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty – Education Is Your Life Sustainability” on Thursday, June 14 in Thiry Auditorium. 

Dr. Beegle has worked and written articles providing insights and strategies for communicating more effectively across race, class, gender and generational barriers for more than 17 years. Her work has been featured in newspapers and on television locally and nationally. Additionally, her work on poverty is being featured in the upcoming PBS documentary “Invisible Nation.”

Having lived in poverty for the first part of her life, Dr. Beegle made the effort to rise above her surroundings and earned a GED, an associate’s degree in journalism, a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in communications and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Throughout her educational career, Dr. Beegle’s studies focused on a topic that was close to her heart—poverty.

Part of Dr. Beegle’s work includes the creation of the consulting firm Communication Across Barriers and the nonprofit organization Poverty Bridge. Both strive to improve communication between those stricken by poverty and those who work in social services, as well as provide viable opportunities for people who wish to move out of poverty.

Dr. Beegle has worked with educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies, and other organizations all over the nation who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty.

To view a clip of Dr. Beegle’s PBS Documentary “Invisible Nation,” click here