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Eva M. Stewart
Eva M. Stewart graduated from the University of Omaha with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received her Master of Social Work form Howard University. From her early career, she used her talents to create innovative programs, to inspire and nurture young professionals and used her positions to change policies to enhance the quality of life for others.
One of her first jobs was at the Red Cross where she conceived and implemented a model training program for volunteers and students. This program was so successful that it was duplicated in many Red Cross chapters across the country.
At St. Elizabeth's Hospital she recognized that many patients were being discharged to dysfunctional homes and she developed a program where patients were placed in foster homes which made for a more successful reentry into the community with fewer relapses.
At the department of Health and Human Services (HEW), where she was the first African American professional in her department, she created a program called "Bridging the Gap" that recruited, hired and trained African Americans for career positions in the government. She became a mentor to many of these young professionals and encouraged many to go on for graduate degrees in social work.
By then her reputation and abilities to create programs was established and Eva was recruited from HEW to Howard University School of Social Work to develop the field instruction department. In the area of field instruction, she organized the Mid-Atlantic region of directors of field instruction for the purpose of standardizing practices within the field of disseminating knowledge. This group helped to establish a Commission of Field Instructors.
Within NASW she provided leadership locally and nationally. She was elected President of the Washington Metro chapter and was appointed to Chair the National Affirmative Action Committee. In addition, she was elected to the National Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee for Region V and she co-chaired the Verne Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship Committee, which produced a very successful conference on health issues in African American communities. Serving on the united Way Board, the Advisory Committee to the Mayor on Mental Health, the D.C. Commission for Women, the Southwest Community House, and the D.C. Mental Health Association, she contributed significantly to the enhancement of the lives of the residents of the District of Columbia.
Eva received numerous honors, including two awards from the HUSSW Alumni Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Washington Metropolitan Chapter, NASW.