Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty

Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty: Poverty-Informed Practices in Education
National Poverty Expert Dr. Donna M. Beegle
January 08, 2021

Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty: Poverty-Informed Practices in Education

The School of Extended Learning will present guest speaker Dr. Donna Beegle, Friday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m., speaking on the topic of "Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty: Poverty-Informed Practices in Education". All are welcome to attend the webinar. 

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Poverty-Informed Practice In Higher Education
It is difficult and rare for a student from poverty to make it to college. If they do make it, only 11 percent leave with a degree and/or certificate. For a student from the Foster Care system, that number drops to less than three percent. These numbers tell us that poverty impacts do not stop once students arrive on campus. Students continue to be bombarded daily with struggles such as having no place to live, no food to eat, cars being towed, lights being shut out, family members in crisis, and so many other injuries of poverty.

What can colleges do to remove poverty obstacles to education success? As Amarillo College learned in 2011, it begins by becoming poverty informed. Dr. Beegle has worked extensively with Amarillo College, Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart (President of Amarillo College and a Beegle Certified Poverty Coach since May 2011), and the Amarillo Community (since 2010) to ensure poverty barriers to higher education are being removed. She trained the entire staff and has provided ongoing training for 11 years. Today, the focus on removing poverty obstacles at Amarillo College is even stronger. Dr. Beegle has certified 82 Beegle Poverty Coaches who work daily at Amarillo College—in all departments—to remove any barrier that can be removed. Amarillo College—as well as other colleges around the country—have discovered that the foundation to breaking poverty barriers is poverty-informed people on our campuses and in our communities.

In this interactive virtual session, Dr. Donna M. Beegle—who was born into generational, migrant- labor poverty; dropped out of school at 15 to get married; and achieved her GED at 26 and (10 years later) her Doctorate in Educational Leadership—provides insights into how your campus can become poverty informed and break barriers to education success. She shares five key evidence-based best practices for removing poverty barriers which increase equity in all our efforts to educate. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the many different lived experiences of poverty and how each impacts education success. Dr. Beegle will shatter the myths and stereotypes that get in the way of meaningful connections with students. She offers practical/ usable strategies that can be implemented right away to break poverty barriers to higher education.

In this session, participants will explore the answers to the following questions:

  • What gets in the way of higher education success for students from poverty?
  • What does being a poverty-informed campus mean?
  • How do we create an inclusive, responsive campus that is ready for students impacted by Covid-19 and poverty?
  • What are five evidence-based best practices for removing poverty barriers to education success?

This introductory session is designed to provide foundational poverty-informed tools for all staff, faculty, and leaders. Dr. Beegle recommends all participants receive her book, See Poverty...Be The Difference, and the Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty professional desktop guide to continue and deepen their learning.

About Dr. Donna M. Beegle, National Poverty Expert
After growing up in generational migrant-labor poverty, leaving school at 15 to get married, and having two children while continuing to cope with poverty, Donna Beegle found herself—at 25—with no husband, little education, and no job skills. She landed at Mt. Hood Community College and obtained her GED. Then, within 10 short years, she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Beegle’s research focused on success strategies for students from the deepest poverty in America to complete higher education goals. Her lived experiences along with 30 years of working in all 50 states, with colleges around the country, provides groundbreaking tools for creating colleges that work for students who live in the crisis of poverty.