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Mitchell Ginsberg (1915-1996)
Mitchell Ginsberg received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tuft college in 1933 and a master's degree in psychology in 1938 from Columbia University School of Social Work and a master's in social work in 1941.
Ginsberg's special pioneering effort was related to social work education and work with the centers for public social services. He served in the Social Work Department at Columbia and professor emeritus at Columbia. University School of Social Work He worked on various research and studies such as social services, social welfare, social security, and health care. Ginsberg was a/so the co-director at Columbia University community services and senior consultant to the ford foundation project on social welfare policy and the American future, and commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services.
Ginsberg was a member of NASW and a past president. He was also a member of the National Association of University Professor, National Conference on Social Welfare, and he served as president of the National Association of Jewish Center Workers, Council on Social Work Education, American Public Welfare Association, and the National Academy of. Public Administration. Ginsberg has received numerous awards for his services including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Conference on Social Welfare, the Herman D. Stein Social Work Educator Award the NASW Leadership in the Social Work Profession Award. He published numerous articles on social welfare, social work education, social work education health, social and economic rights, and related topics. He was a consultant and co-director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia Universityand serves on the advisory council of the New York State Department of Social Services. Mitchell Ginsberg died in 1996.