Dr. Lewis was a vociferous advocate for social justice and worked hard to shape and protect the important role that professional counselors play in helping clients and students enjoy a more fulfilling life. Many in the field owe her a debt of gratitude for her passion, her unwavering dedication, and her life-long commitment to the counseling profession.
Dr. Lewis was a professor at Governors State University until her retirement in 2008. She was president of ACA from 2000-2001, as well as Chair of an ACA task force charged with developing the ACA Advocacy Competencies. She co-edited ACA Advocacy Competencies: A Social Justice Framework for Counselors
, which was published by ACA to help counselors apply the advocacy competencies across settings and specialties.
Her other books related to counseling and advocacy include Community Counseling: A Multicultural-Social Justice Perspective
, Management of Human Service Programs
and Substance Abuse Counseling
After her retirement, Dr. Lewis spent her time in volunteer work focused on community organizing and social justice.
A memorial will be held on April 11 at 10 a.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Chicago in Hyde Park.