Riverside school forum to highlight effective conversations on diversity and social justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Riverside School
30 Lily Pond Road
Lyndonville, VT  05851
(802) 626-8552
Contact: Mel Reis, (802) 592-3079

Lyndonville, VT – Diversity includes all the ways people differ. While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, there are broader definitions of diversity that also include age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. There are also diversity of thoughts and ideas, perspectives, and values. How can we move beyond simply being tolerant of differences to achieving equity so that all people are valued and empowered?  

To draw awareness to the complexity of diversity and social justice, The Riverside School is pleased to welcome Patricia Shine, Professor of Human Services at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, to discuss how students, parents, and community members can talk to each other about diversity and social justice. Her presentation “What do you say after “Don’t say that!” will take place on May 2nd, in The Barn at Riverside from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The event is free, and all are welcome.

“How can we have effective conversations with our kids, and each other, about topics such as racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and ableism?  How can we intervene in ways that facilitate conversation versus shutting it down?  How can we create spaces that support equity and social justice?  These are just some of the questions we’ll be exploring during my presentation/discussion,” says Shine.  

Patricia Shine, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., has been a Professor of Human Services at NVU-Lyndon for the past 16 years. She has facilitated workshops and trainings on topics related to social justice throughout New England for over 25 years.

Shine received her M.S.W from the Simmons School of Social Work in 1987. Her positions in Boston included as clinical social worker at Concord-Assabet Adolescent Services, Program Director at the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and Program Coordinator at the Boston Adult Technical Academy through the Boston Public Schools.  In addition, she had a small private practice and served as an adjunct instructor at Salem State University, Wheelock College, and the Boston University Graduate School of Social Work. 

She is the recipient of the Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education; the Maida Solomon Distinguished Career Award from the Simmons School of Social Work; and Social Worker of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers, Vermont Chapter.

Shine came to NVU-Lyndon (then Lyndon State College) in 2003 where she is now Professor of Human Services and Chair of NVU-Lyndon FAIR, the campus social justice group. She lives with her husband, Paul, in Concord, VT.

“Our society is changing so rapidly, we simply cannot pretend to imagine how such changes in our culture are playing out in the minds of our students,” said Riverside’s Head of School, Michelle Ralston.  “As adults, we are moved by all that happens daily in our society. The things we say and model for our students has become increasingly important. We are excited to host Professor Shine and this important forum.”


The Riverside School coordinates at least one public forum each school year. The purpose of the forums are to invite the public to join school staff, faculty, and professionals in their field to discuss subjects relevant to life-long learning. The events are also planned with suggestions from the Riverside Parent Group.



Patricia Shine, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., Professor of Human Services at NVU-Lyndon, will be the guest speaker for a public forum to discuss how students, parents, and community members can talk to each other about diversity and social justice. Her presentation “ What do you say after “Don’t say that! ” will take place on May 2nd, in The Barn at The Riverside School from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The event is free, and all are welcome.

Patricia Shine, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., Professor of Human Services at NVU-Lyndon, will be the guest speaker for a public forum to discuss how students, parents, and community members can talk to each other about diversity and social justice. Her presentation “What do you say after “Don’t say that!” will take place on May 2nd, in The Barn at The Riverside School from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The event is free, and all are welcome.