Eva Hausman has been a social entrepreneur long before there was even a name for it. For most of her adult life, she has attempted to inspire others to do projects that make a difference for people in the world.
Eva taught Social Studies for 31 years at the Junior High and High School levels. Her professional and community activities have been committed to the elimination of racial, religious and gender discrimination. She was honored by the Greenberg Center of the University of Hartford for her work in Holocaust education.
At Simsbury High School, she advised the Diversity and Human Relations clubs and she was the faculty advisor for the “Names Can Really Hurt” program. She is a trainer for the Anti-Defamation League “World of Difference Institute” and has served on the State of Connecticut Board of the Anti-Defamation League and on its Education Committee.
As an educator Eva was passionate about exposing he students to the outside world which led to the development of inter-racial and inter-generational programming. In 2003 she received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Simsbury chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
As Chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Social Justice Task Force, Eva led a Moslem, Jewish and Christian coalition to aid Bosnian refugees and assisted in the resettlement of Soviet immigrants to the Hartford area in the 1990's. Currently she services as Chair of the Human Relations Commission of the Town of Simsbury.
Eva's 2010 campaign to educate and fund the Fistula Foundation led to the co-founding of the Mothers' Day Movement with her daughter Kim and 3 other women (mothersdaymovement.org). The Mothers' Day Movement is an organization committed to raising awareness and bringing relief to the suffering and needs of women and mothers worldwide. In its first year, the organization raised more than $135,000 for Shining Hope for Communities to provide tuition-free education to girls living in Kibera, Africa's largest slum.
Eva received her B.A. in American Studies from Elmira College and Masters Degree from Trinity College while raising her daughters, Kim and Lisa .She attended Summer Institutes at Harvard University where she studied Civic Literacy. She has been married to Irwin Hausman for 45 years.