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Benson Hotel; 309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

We have reserved a block of 6 rooms to be made available to participants. Call the Benson Hotel if you'd like to make a reservation. You can phone-in to 800-774-1500 or 503-228-2000; or email your reservation requests to reservations@bensonhotel.com.

The group rate will be available until May 30th.



  • $299 per person until May 13, 2022
  • $325 per person after May 13, 2022

In our experience, learning opportunities translate better into action when colleagues attend together. Therefore we are offering significant discounts to colleagues who enroll together. Email or call our office to learn more about these discounts (503-590-4599).


Gabriella Okken 
Communication Across Barriers 

Summer 2022 Beegle Poverty Immersion Institute 

This intensive two-day Poverty Institute provides a grounded understanding of poverty and what you can do to more successfully assist people in moving out – and staying out – of poverty. This seminar is designed for professionals from the fields of justice, education, health, social service, faith-based and community organization members.

This institute will be provided both in-person and virtually (a hybrid institute!). That way, those that have missed learning from Dr. Beegle in person can attend in Portland, Oregon. Those who still need to be virtual (due to travel budgets, continued need to social distance, etc.), can still attend via zoom.

What others have to say about these institutes

  • It's always good to be aware of what our students are dealing with on a daily basis. This training provided more insight into the infamous "why." I love that Dr. Beegle provided her own experiences to help bring a human voice to this epidemic.
  • I got more information about poverty and how to properly and respectfully address those who are in the crisis of poverty. This will helpme and my team overcome myths and work towards a more humanized way to support and help people navigate the multiple systems.
  • The homework was great because it helped me to understand what people in poverty juggle with on a daily basis and the extremely hard decisions they have to make.
  • I love the breakout rooms and the deep discussions we had. It helped me see that I wasn't the only one with certain feelings, frustrations, etc.
  • Every portion of this Institute provided insight and information that impacted my life and work professionally and personally.
  • In some webinars, a person can kind of multi-task and pay only half attention, and still get most of it. This was not like that! Highly interactive, LOADED with information. It caught and kept my full attention and kept me thinking and taking notes the whole time. High value here.

About Dr. Donna M. Beegle

Donna Beegle grew up in generational poverty and left school at 15 to get married. At 25, she found herself divorced with two children, little education, and few marketable job skills. At age 26, she earned her GED at Mt. Hood Community College. She went on to study poverty, communication, and education and--within 10 short years--received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Beegle combines her lived experiences of poverty with 30 years of research and work in all 50 states, to create inclusive, responsive environments that promote lifelong success.