Violet M. Sieder


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(1909–1988) Violet Sieder was a distinguished social welfare educator and leader. Her major professional interests and contributions were in community organization, rehabilitation, and volunteerism. She received her undergraduate education at Douglass College, Rutgers University; a master's degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration; and a PhD from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, Brandeis University. Sieder's career in social services began during the Great Depression. From 1931 to 1944 she held positions as investigator for the New Jersey Department of Labor; supervisor for the New Jersey Emergency Relief Administration; executive secretary for the Allegany County, Maryland, Welfare Board; research assistant for the Maryland Board of State Aid and Charities; consultant to the U.S. Children's Bureau; and executive secretary of the Bronx, New York, Council for Social Welfare. From 1944 to 1954 she served as associate director, Health and Welfare Planning Department, Community Chest and Councils of America. In 1954 she was appointed professor and chair of community organization at the New York School of Social Work, Columbia University.


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