Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.

Deanna Vandiver

Director of Justice Education

As the Director Justice Education, Deanna Vandiver manages the College of Social Justice (CSJ), a joint initiative of UUSC and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Deanna supports UUSC and UUA cross-team collaborations in fulfilling the mission of UUCSJ: “to inspire and sustain effective and spiritually grounded activism for justice.

Deanna is affiliated with the Church of the Larger Fellowship Unitarian Universalist as a community Minister of Love and Liberation and is the founder of Ever Unfolding LLC, a ministry of spiritual accompaniment and creativity for people, congregations, and organizations on the journey toward collective liberation. Part of the design team at the Fahs Collaborative reimagining Beloved Conversations as a virtual experience, Deanna also served as a facilitator for the Un/Learning for Liberation Within cohort and as a congregational coach for the Among Beloved Conversations Virtual program. Before moving to the land of the Coast Salish people in 2018—now known as the Pacific Northwest— Deanna served as co-director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) and as a community minister for the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU), the UU cluster who ordained her in 2012.

With an Undoing Racism™ analysis rooted in the work of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, an Experiential Education and Leadership practicum with Tulane University’s Center for Public Service, and Spiritual Leadership Coaching certification with Peace Ministry, Deanna is committed to the call of collective liberation.

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