Ellen Moose, MSW ’56

One of the first African American women to earn a college degree, Ellen Moose (MSW ’56) graduated from St. Augustine’s College in North Carolina, and attended Atlanta University’s school of social work before earning her degree at GSSW.  In the late 1930s, she worked for the 125th Street YWCA in New York City. Moose provided employment training for young African American women during World War II through the National Youth Administration in Wilberforce, Ohio, and later worked for the YWCA in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the YWCA in Colorado Springs.  In Denver, she worked at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, the city’s first such organization open to African Americans.  After earning her MSW, Moose worked as a psychiatric social worker at Denver General Hospital and later at the Eastside Clinic. Moose continued to support GSSW until her death in 2008.