Witnessing Whiteness - West Side Location
September 4, 2019 - November 6, 2019
Journey Mental Health Center is conducting a free diversity training, entitled Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do it. The training will be a 10-week, 2 hour per session workshop series held at 25 Kessel Ct. in the lower level training room. The workshop begins Wednesday, September 4th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The workshop series is for individuals who identify themselves as from the white alone race, not Hispanic or Latino or mixed race.
Upon registering for this 10 week series (20 hours total), you are agreeing to attend the minimum of 8 out of 10 sessions (or 16 hours out of 20 hours). The first and last sessions are mandatory. Reading the book (provided to you at the first session) Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk is required.
Description about the Training Workshop series:
This is a 10 week, 2-hour a session workshop series based on a book entitled, Witnessing Whiteness. Witnessing Whiteness, developed by Shelly Tochluk Ph.D., is a “workshop series that leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, white privilege, and systemic racism…The purpose of this book is to encourage white people – those who identify as European Americans living in North America specifically – to investigate our sense of self from a racial point of view in order to create more intimate and honest relationships with ourselves, others, and the world in general.” (Tochluk, 2010). The workshop series is for individuals who identify themselves as from the white alone race, not Hispanic or Latino or mixed race.
Goals and Objectives:
The goals of the Witnessing Whiteness workshop series:
- Build a workforce community with a shared understanding of privilege, whiteness, and racism- that supports staff and consumers.
- Increased ability to begin, support, and progress racial justice work.
- Develop leadership capacity around issues of diversity, inclusion, and race.
- Encourages rigorous self-examination of our bias.
- Promotes a culture that is safe, diverse, and inclusive at workplace campuses and in the community.
- Gives practical strategies for developing anti-racist skills.
- The workshop series helps people to notice and respond to interpersonal, institutional and cultural racism.
- A series of workshops that invites readers to explore their personal relationship to race.
- Improve relationships and collaboration across race to support social justice efforts.
About the Author of the Workshop Series
Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D. is the author of Witnessing Whiteness. A professor of education at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Tochluk developed a workshop series based on her book, Witnessing Whiteness, to help others put into practice the key objectives of addressing racial disparities as discussed in the book.
“An educator, with a background in psychology, I spent ten years as a researcher, counselor, and teacher in California’s public schools. I now train teachers to work with Los Angeles’ diverse school population as a Professor in the Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University-Los Angeles. My personal dedication to confront issues of race developed first through my participation with UCLA’s NCAA Division-1 All-American Track and Field 4X400 meter relay team and later through my inner city teaching experiences. I currently work with AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles). With this group, I co-created a workshop series that leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, white privilege, and systemic racism.” -Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D (http://shellytochluk.com/)