Williamstown Elementary School Coordinator, Classroom Support
M.Ed. University of Pennsylvania, Intercultural Communication (2011)
Shaina is passionate about global and intercultural education and the ways in which we can leverage learning spaces toward the greater good. She began working at CLiA in August 2019, and through her role she connects Williams College students to classroom support programs and student mentoring opportunities at Williamstown Elementary School. Shaina has spent extensive time volunteering at a primary school in a rural community in Morocco, traveled on a social justice delegation to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, and conducted research on aboriginal land rights and reconciliation in Australia. Shaina also has extensive training and experience as a facilitator, as well as in designing and implementing curriculum for intercultural programs. She previously worked at the Williams College Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and prior to that worked for over 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania (serving as director of the Graduate Student Center, as a coordinator for the Women’s Center, and as an overseas program manager at Penn Abroad). Shaina also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Project SHINE, a service-learning organization that supports older immigrants. Shaina received her B.A. in Sociology and Religion from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and her M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Shaina enjoys reading, exploring the beautiful outdoors with her husband and two young children, and engaging in community activism.