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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Eulene Hawkins (1906 - 1999)
Eulene Hawkins received her A.B. degree cum laude from Judson College in Marion, Alabama with a major in mathematics. She received her MSW from Columbia University in New York with major concentration in child Welfare Administration. Hawkins has provided sixty years of leadership to social service programs. She has worked in local, state, federal, private, and public welfare settings.
Her outstanding service has been recognized by awards and citations from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare now Health and Human Services. She has received jive different awards from the American Red Cross, the Southeastern Regional Manpower Coordinating Committee, Florida State Advisory Committee Social Work Education Planning Project, East Tennessee State University, Alabama State University, the University of Alabama School of Social Work and the Howard D. Dundee Distinguished Service Award The Alabama Legislature Resolution of Commendation established the Eu/ene Hawkins Social Work award at Tri-State University. Hawkins also received the state of Alabama Department of Pensions and Security now Human Resources Retirement Citation, the Alabama of Conference of Social Work Social Worker of the Year, NASW award, Social Worker of the Year, NASW Alabama chapter, Lifetime Achievement award from NASW, 1991, and the Lifetime Achievement award from Montgomery and Seniors of Achievement the Montgomery Area Council on Aging.
It is difficult to examine just one period of Eulene Hawkins' pioneering efforts. Her efforts resulted in the awards in the previous paragraph in which she was a very versatile social worker and very able to provide leadership in a variety of settings and areas. Her period in Alabama from 1932 to 1942 with the University Child Welfare Department, the only social agency of the county offered a home for numerous federal programs. This was a beginning of a county unemployment office, the FRA, an Alabama farm administration. During this period the state and county public welfare were established in accordance with the Social Security Act. Her employment covered a brood range of jobs and activities. As mentioned earlier she worked from 1932 to 1942 with the Child Welfare Department in Alabama, she worked for Red Cross and served as the Director of Home Services in the Washington, D.C. for 19 years. A family service program was developed with the Red Cross which grew to 100 during World War II. She became the Training and Manpower Development Specialist at the Social Rehabilitation Service where she further developed her commitment to professionalism through in-service training and full utilization of graduate and undergraduate education in social work. She worked in the central office and at length in the regional offices in the capacity of training and manpower development specialist. She provided technical assistance to regional and state officials on the administration of staff development programs. She also provided consultation to schools of social work. Most outstanding particularly of her work in Atlanta was the administration of Title 707 of the Social Security Act which provided undergraduate and graduate funds to schools of social work and also stipends to people. She was particularly recognized for her work in improving minority faculty in schools and in the development of minority stipends particularly with African-American social workers. When she retired from the federal government in 1976, she returned to work in Alabama and continued to provide assistance to graduate and undergraduate schools in the state. After leaving this job, she became the first executive director of the Alabama chapter of NASW where she promoted growth in membership, an increase of interest in the association, and the development of outstanding Workshops and conferences. Following her retirement as the executive director of the Alabama chapter of NASW she continued volunteer work with social work education institutions and has been heavily involved in work with the children's rights area and “Kid Count”. She has also established a group to develop a research plan for study of Title VII section 707 - Grants to universities and individuals. She indeed represents a lifetime of professional achievement. She added a case in practices continued learning, competency and compassion for people in need of social services.