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Mary W. Day (1925 - )
Mary Day was an innovative social work administrator, who developed and oversaw initiatives that significantly enhanced professional education and organizational functioning. It was her wisdom and genius that led to the creation and successful operation of the Post Masters Certificate Program at Howard University. This program trained, certified and infused the field with a number of well prepared managers and executives. While a staff member at National NASW, she developed a number of systems that are used to this day. She helped integrate Governance and Affirmative Action in realistic ways, developed and presented the first board policy manual with a system for updating, and linked the election and appointment processes in order to streamline leadership identification and selection, and
helped specify the role relationship between member volunteer leaders and staff leadership so that mutual respect emerged as the dominant characteristic. Day became the institutional resource on the design and operation of the Association. Few, if any, could match her knowledge of its history. She thus became a resource to both the national and chapter offices. Today, she is routinely consulted on issues related to administration.
Ms. Day was an associate professor at Howard University’s School of Social Work and taught in the Direct Services Sequence. She also was director of the Continuing Education Program. Her specialization was in the field of mental health.
Ms. Day was an active member of the NASW - DC Metro Chapter and presented at several national conferences. In addition, she reviewed abstracts and was an item writer for the ACSW examinations. She may be best known as the Special Assistant for Governance on the national association staff.
Mary W. Day was born in Washington, DC and received her undergraduate and MSW degrees from Howard University. She also did advanced study in social welfare at the University of Maryland.
Mary Day contributed to Advocacy in America: Case studies in social change.