Eastern Mennonite University

Deanna Durham

Deanna Durham

Office Phone: (540) 432-4912


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 226

Assistant Professor

Applied Social Sciences Dept

“In every course I teach students are asked to consider the complex intersection of race, gender, class, sexuality, privilege and power. Locating ourselves, sharing our stories and listening deeply to one another is at the core of my teaching pedagogy.”

Deanna F. Durham began her teaching career at the University of Maryland in 1989 teaching part-time in the Department of Family Studies.

Deanna worked and lived in Washington, D.C. from 1982 – 1997 and continues to take every opportunity available to live in DC and teach in our Washington Community Scholar’s Program(WCSC). She spent spring 2016 and summer 2017 with WCSC.

Deanna and her family lived in El Salvador for over 4 years serving as the Country Directors for Mennonite Central Committee 1997 – 2001. Leading EMU cross culturals with U.S./Mexico border components has been an ongoing commitment and a deep relationship with Fronter de Cristo, a Presbyterian bi-national ministry in Douglas, AZ and Aqua Prieta, Mexico had been established.

Deanna and Byron Peachey have developed and continue to lead EMU Local Context Cross Culturals in the Shenandoah Valley focused on three narratives: Brethren-Mennonites, African Americans and new immigrants. For the past 7 years one or both of them have explored the greater Shenandoah valley during May session with EMU students.


M.S.W., Howard University, Washington D.C.
B.A. (Psychology), Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, Idaho

Other Presentations

*Baccaulaureate speaker 2017 commencement, “Speaking of Eating”

  • EMU Faculty Staff conference 2016, Why Black Lives Matter & White Fragility
  • EMU Faculty Staff conference 2015, Teaching While White

Church, Community and Professional Service

*International Festival Planning Committee 2001 – 2016

Professional Conferences Attended

  • Facing Race: A National Conference, Atlanta, GA (November 10 – 12, 2016)
  • Wild Goose Festival, Hot Spring, NC (July 2016)
  • Sojourners: The Summit, Washington, DC (June 2016)

New Courses Taught

*Social Movements (s2017)
*The Politics of Women’s Bodies (HONORS Colloquium, s2015)

EMU Service

  • Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (2015 – present)
  • Faculty Senate Member (Fall 2016 – present)
  • Cords of Distinction (Fall 2007 – present)
  • WCSC Advisory Committee (Fall 2014 – present)

Faculty Advisor

  • Safe Space: Fall 2009 – present
  • Take Back the Night: Fall 2015 – present

Cross Cultural Leadership

  • Summer 2017: WCSC
  • Summer 2007 – 2017: Local Context
  • Summer 2012: U.S. Border (focus on human trafficking)
  • Spring 2011: U.S. & Mexico Borderlands/Guatemala
  • Spring 2008: U.S. & Mexico Borderlands/Guatemala