By Noelle McGee
She's always had a passion for helping the disenfranchised and those marginalized by society.
That passion took Rebecca Ginsburg abroad for several years where she was involved in human rights and anti-apartheid efforts.
Then — somewhat unexpectedly, she admits — it took her into the California prison system, where she was exposed to another marginalized group. That experience led her down a different career path — bringing higher education to incarcerated students.
Now a University of Illinois faculty member, Ginsburg will be recognized next week by the YWCA for her work as co-founder and director of the Education Justice Project at the UI, which provides higher education to inmates at the Danville Correctional Center and support to them and their families.
According to YWCA officials, the Education Justice Project "has become the largest volunteer-based program in the state, outside of religious programs" and "has been transformative not just for the prisoners involved, but also for the faculty, students and community members who have helped this social justice program thrive."