Patricia Shine, M.S.W.

Professor, Psychology

I came to Lyndon in 2003 after working as a clinical social work in Boston for 16 years. My work experiences in Boston included serving as the Program Director at the Big Sister Association of Boston and working as the Program Support Coordinator at an international high school in the Boston Public Schools system. I’m particularly interested in understanding how our various identities—racial, gender, class, age, sexual orientation, religious, ability-status—impact who we are as people and how we interact with others based on those identities. I also have a passionate commitment to social justice and social activism.

One of the things I love about working at Lyndon is my ability to form close relationships with students. Classes are small so I’m able to get to know my students and tailor my teaching approaches according to the individual learning needs of students. People who work at Lyndon are here because we love to work with students and help them to succeed in whatever ways we can. I feel very lucky to be a part of this community.

Courses Taught

Field Work, Field Work Seminar, Human Services Internship, Macro Perspectives in Human Services, Exploring Race and Challenging Racism in the U.S., Human Interaction

Areas of Interest

My work focuses on all aspects of anti-oppression (sexism, classism, heterosexism, etc.) with a particular focus on racial justice. I am also committed to social justice advocacy and activism. My approach to work emphasizes the strengths perspective and self-determination.


Doctoral Candidate, Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, MA
M.S.W., Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, MA
B.A., Speech Pathology & Audiology, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Recent Presentations

May 2017            VT NASW, Montpelier, VT – Now is the Time. Speaking Out and Standing Up for Racial Justice

March 2017        Lyndon State College, Faculty Professional Development Series, Lyndonville, VT – Safety in the Classroom

January 2017     SURJ/Upper Valley Young Liberals, White River Junction, VT – Panel Speaker: Confronting Racism Around and Within Us

January 2017     University of Vermont Health Centers, Burlington, VT –

Co-trainer: Exploring Systemic Racism and Its Implications for Our Lives and Our Work – Part II

October 2017     Epsilon Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, Lyndonville, VT – Featured Speaker: Kindness & Social Justice

August 2016       Northeast Kingdom Community Action, St. Johnsbury, VT – Nurturing Empathy in our Relationships with Others and Ourselves

2016 – 2017       Umbrella, St. Johnsbury, VT –

Provided a series of facilitated dialogues for staff members at this domestic/sexual violence prevention agency addressing feminism & intersectionality

May 2016            University of New Hampshire, Social Work Department, Durham, NH –

Co-trainer: Exploring Systemic Racism and Its Implications for Our Lives and Our Work

July 2015             World Fellowship, Conway, NH – Co-trainer: I’m a White Progressive. Race Isn’t an Issue for Me – Is It?

July 2015             Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Tamworth, NH – Guest Speaker: Whiteness

May 2015             Vermont State Colleges Academic Retreat, Randolph, VT – Lyndon’s Year of Social Justice: How To Bring Social Justice to Your Campus

March 2015         St. Johnsbury Business & Professional Women/VT – Featured Speaker: Women’s History Month

December 2013  VT Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Montpelier, VT –

How Racial Justice Work Strengthens the Struggle Against Domestic & Sexual Violence


2015    Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award, Vermont Women in Higher Education

2012    Maida Solomon Distinguished Career Award, Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, MA

2012    Engaged Scholar Award Finalist, Vermont Campus Compact

2011     Faculty Fellow Award, Vermont State Colleges

2009    Social Worker of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Vermont Chapter

2007    Domestic Violence Service Recognition Award, Umbrella Domestic & Sexual Violence Program/Vermont


White Professors Taking Responsibility for Teaching White Students About Race, Racism and Privilege. Journal of Progressive Human Services (2011).

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers  | NASWDC.org
National Organization of Human Services  | NationalHumanServices.org


  • Racial issues in Vermont
  • Anti-oppression work, with specific emphasis on race, racism, and privilege
  • Social and political activism
  • Staff supervision

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