Sandra Edmonds Crewe


Profile Type: Faculty

School / College: School of Social Work

Department / Office: Office of the Dean, Social Work

Additional Position: Professor of Social Work , Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership | (202) 806-7311


Sandra Edmonds Crewe is dean and professor of social work at Howard University.  Dr. Crewe previously held the position of interim dean, and associate dean for academic and student advancement.  She has research, scholarship, and public advocacy in the areas of caregiving, aging, ethnogerontology, welfare reform, and social welfare history. She has numerous publications in these areas. 

Dr. Crewe holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the National Catholic School of Social Service (Catholic University of America) and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University.   She is a 40 year member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She also holds a certificate from the Harvard Institute of Leadership and Management in Education through a Council on Social Work Education fellowship. Prior to joining the faculty, she served in executive level positions in the field of public and assisted housing and was instrumental in developing self-sufficiency programs as well as health and well-being programs for older persons. 

Dr. Crewe is a long standing trustee for the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust.  She serves as  secretary and member of the board of the American Association of Service Coordinators. Additionally, she serves on the board for the National Association of Deans and Directors. Dr. Crewe is a founding member of the HBCU Schools of Social Work Network. She is co-lead of the network addressing eradicating social isolation, a grand challenge of the American Society of Social Work and Social Welfare  Dr. Crewe is a NASW Pioneer.



Howard University

Social Work

Catholic University of America

Social Work

Catholic University of America

Social Work


Caregiving, Social Isolation, Housing, Leadership, Macro Social Work Practice


History and Philosophy of Social Welfare

This course examines the development of social welfare in the United States.  It addresses the welfare state using an interdisciplinary perspective.  It chronicles social welfare policies and practices against the historical, social, and economic events of the 19th 20th and 21st centuries. The examination of events in these time periods explicates not only the development of social welfare policies, but the evolution of the Social Work profession as well.  There is strong emphasis on the philosophies that guide beliefs about social welfare including the enduring beleifs about the worthy vs unworthy poor and persistent and pernicious inequalities that exist in contemporary society.   The course highlights the contributions of African-Americans and women within the Social Work  and the social welfare arena.  This is a seminar course and students are assigned periods of social welfare history and expected to use historical artifacts including interviews to capture definining moments.  

Independent Study

Graduate student study surrounding historical periods addressing the leadership of African American women.

Accomplishments Education


- National Association of Social Work - NASW Pionner (2017)

- National Association of Deans & Directors, Leadership Academy in Aging  (2015)

- Network Social Work Manager, Exemplar Award (2015)

-  Howard University School of Social Work Student Council – Executive Award (May, 2015)

- White House Conference on Aging.  Pre-Conference Caregiving – NASW Delegate (May 2015)

-  First Baptist Church of Highland Park, Md. Outstanding Volunteer Nursery Service (2014)

- National Alliance NAR-SAAH—Outstanding Academic Award (2013)

- Council of Social Work Education- Harvard Management Leadership Program Scholarship (2010)

Related Article

African American Caregivers: Seasons of Caring, Nova Science Publishers (2014) (Book)
Caregivers for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya: An Ecological Perspective (2012) (Book)
Tradition and Policy Perspectives in Kinship Care. New York: Haworth Press. (2007) (Book)