Patricia Shine, M.S.W.

Associate 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 & 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

Selected Presentations

November 2011, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT. But Race Isn’t Really an Issue in VT… Is It?  Reflections on Racial Justice Work in VT

November 2011 & June 2011, Cambridge Cooperative Club, Cambridge, MA. Building a Framework: Exploring Systemic Racism and Privilege

October 2011, Waterford Public Library, Waterford, VT. Making the Invisible, Visible:  Exploring and Understanding Race, Racism & Privilege

June 2011, VT NASW Continuing Education Program, Montpelier, VT. But Race Really Isn’t an Issue in Vermont… Is It?

May 2011, Working With Youth Conference, Killington, VT. Talking About Taboos:  Social Class and Social Classism

May 2011 & February 2011, Central North Supervisory Union Professional Development Day, Lyndonville, VT. The ABC’s of RCR: Race, Culture & Religion

March 2011, Whiteness in Vermont, Panel Member. Cultural Diversity Series of the Racial & Equity Office of the Burlington School District, Burlington, VT

November 2010, VT Area Agencies on Aging Case Manager Training, Randolph, VT. What Do We Really Mean When We Talk About… Diversity?

August 2010, Central North Supervisory Union Professional Development Day, Lyndonville, VT. Hmmm… I Never Thought of It That Way … Exploring Race and Challenging Racism in Our Schools


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  |
National Organization of Human Services  |
Social Welfare Action Alliance  |


  • 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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