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Deanna Durham

POSITION: Assistant Professor

Social Work
Intercultural Programs

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 226

PHONE: (540) 432-4912


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.


BA, Northwest Nazarene College (Psychology)
MSW, Howard University (Social Work with concentration; Family & Child Welfare & Therapy)

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