2021 Visiting SAGE Event Featuring Dr. Donna Beegle

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Join 2021 Visiting SAGE, Dr. Donna M. Beegle, to deepen your understanding of poverty and explore innovative solutions.

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2021 Visiting SAGE - Dr. Donna Beegle: Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty

with Dr. Shariff Abdullah

September 22 - Main Virtual Event 5:30-7:00pm

*October 2nd - Follow-Up Workshop "Poverty, Race, & Consciousness"

September 22nd Virtual Event

A nationally renowned expert on the causes and experiences of poverty, Dr. Donna M. Beegle breaks down barriers that prevent people from coming up with real and lasting solutions. She will share her story of dropping out of high school in the 9th grade, obtaining her GED at age 26 and 10 years later her doctorate. Donna offers both an insider perspective and 30 years of research that allows opportunities to bridge gaps in our understanding, to unite our communities and make lasting impacts that assist our neighbors to move out and stay out of the crisis of poverty.

After her initial talk, Dr. Beegle will be joined in an open and introductory dialogue with author and advocate, Dr. Shariff Abdullah, around poverty and race in the pandemic.

October 2nd VIRTUAL *workshop Poverty, Race, and Consciousness - 9:30am-3pm

Join us for a deeper dive into issues of poverty and its intersections with race with Dr. Shariff Abdullah and Dr. Donna M. Beegle.

POVERTY: In the 1700s, poverty was made illegal and/or thought to be a character flaw. Today, many people living in the crisis of poverty continue to be punished for poverty conditions. Many efforts to eradicate poverty fail or—at best—assist people to “cope” with current poverty conditions. What can we do to ensure our neighbors are moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty?

RACE: In the 40+ years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, we continue to see our neighbors struggle for equal rights, access, and opportunities. What will it take for us to live in a society free from discrimination?

CONSCIOUSNESS: Our society reflects the state of our consciousness. What do you know and believe about race and/or poverty issues? Can we transform our collective consciousness and create communities that work for all?

This session brings us together to create the kinds of communities where everyone reaches their fullest potential.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the intersection of race and class
  • Examine how subconscious bias gets in the way of breaking barriers
  • Learn practical, doable strategies to eliminate racism and poverty

Timing: This is a 5.5-hour training, including an ending Q & A with Dr. Beegle and Dr. Abdullah (don't worry, there are breaks!).

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*SAGE may offer a limited in-person option for the October 2nd workshop in Portland, Oregon. We are monitoring changing health conditions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and will contact registrants in September to assess interest in an in-person gathering.


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Organizer SAGE - Senior Advocates for Generational Equity

Organizer of 2021 Visiting SAGE Event Featuring Dr. Donna Beegle

SAGE’s mission is to inspire people to give forward so that younger and future generations thrive.

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