Norma Fields Furst used her positions of authority at different colleges and universities to garner support for civil rights and gender equality within academia. Furst earned a BA in English from Brooklyn College in 1951 and briefly worked as a research librarian for the New York Public Library and a registrar to the Pakistan Mission to the UN before returning to school, earning a doctorate in education in 1967 from Temple University. She taught English for a year at Harcum Junior College before becoming professor of psychoeducational processes at Temple University from 1973–1983, in addition to serving as Temple’s dean of students. In 1983 she became president of Harcum Junior College, and from 1992–1994 she served as president of Baltimore Hebrew University. At each of these schools, Furst worked to support minority students and push for their greater inclusion in academia. She also served as editor for two educational journals and worked for a number of Jewish causes, including the Jewish Publication Society and the International B’nai B’rith Hillel Commission.
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