MCC welcomes national poverty speaker Dr. Donna Beegle


Dr. Donna BeegleA collaboration of community partners will be hosting Dr. Donna Beegle, an acclaimed national poverty speaker on Tuesday, April 4.

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 20+ years. By age 26, she earned her GED and then, within 10 years, received her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Beegle is the author of “See Poverty, Be the Difference,” and “An Action Approach to Educating Students in Poverty.”

“Listening to Dr. Beegle speak was like an “aha” moment,” said Muscatine City Housing Administrator Jodi Royal-Goodwin. “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.”

Beegle will share her powerful, personal story of poverty, success and actionable models being used in cities across the nation April 4 at Muscatine Community College’s Bob Roach Theatre:

  • 9 - 10:30 a.m. - For Service providers and educators

  • 4 - 5 p.m. - For Service providers and educators

  • 6 - 7:30p.m. - Community-wide presentation. The public is encouraged to attend.

Beegle will also be presenting a session on the importance of education directly to high school students.

Dr. Beegle is collaboratively sponsored by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Muscatine Community School District, City of Muscatine, Muscatine Center for Social Action, Kids First Fund, AIM and Muscatine Ministerial Association.

Grant funding has been provided by: Muscatine County Community Partnership for Protecting Children (CPPC) and the Muscatine County Decategorization Board

Muscatine Center for Social Action operates a homeless shelter, a homeless prevention program, and a domestic violence shelter. For more information on MCSA visit or call 563-264-3278.