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Trina Nussbaum

DEPARTMENT: Center for Interfaith Engagement

POSITION: Associate Director- CIE

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SB 138

PHONE: (540) 432-4674


As a faith-rooted and reflective peacebuilder, Trina works at building the spaces and facilitating the connections that enable authentic engagement across difference.
Trina has an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at EMU and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship. She is currently conducting a research study and for her thesis entitled, “Self-Care May Not Be Enough: Secondary Traumatic Stress and Peacebuilders: A Mixed Methods Study.” Trina also holds a B.A. in Theater and Psychology, with a minor in Justice, Peace and Conflict Studies from EMU.

Along with her work at CIE which involves strategic relationship- and network-building while confronting Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, her other research and practice areas of interest are: organizational change and development, working for narrative change and trauma healing using speculative fiction and storytelling, and transforming conflicts through appreciative inquiry processes.

She is also committed to working for racial justice, and is working at authentic self-reflection around whiteness and privilege. She also sees the racialization of U.S. Muslims, (which is one factor of Islamophobia) as another sector of white supremacy that must be confronted.

Trina’s previous work experience includes a wide variety of nonprofits and government agencies, and was the interim director of CIE from July 2016 to August 2017.