Eugene "Dan" Edwards

edwards Eugene "Dan" Edwards, Yurok, DSW, is professor of social work at the University of Utah. He also has an appointment in the Ethnic Studies Program where he is the director of American Indian Studies. Edwards is the recipient of the 2006 University of Utah Diversity Award. One person who nominated Edwards for this award wrote, "His work has been dedicated to providing and improving opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives at the University of Utah". The writer also said that Edwards’ work has been dedicated to promoting "social justice and understanding richly diverse ethnic communities." 

To address the absence of social work professionals in Indian Country, Professor Edwards established the American Indian Social Work Program at the University of Utah in 1971—the only program of its kind for many years.  During the course of 30 years he has assisted hundreds of American Indians and Alaska Natives earn masters and doctoral degrees.  Of these graduates, over one-half have been women.