Witnessing Whiteness Journey East

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  • Witnessing Whiteness Journey East
    January 7, 2019 - March 18, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Witnessing Whiteness Journey East: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do it

Workshop Series Cohort #1—East Side starting Jan. 7-March 18

  • Mondays 2- 4 p.m.

Location: Journey East, 1320 Mendota Street, Forward Solutions Conference Room, Madison WI 53711

The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do it

This workshop training series has been funded by a Department of Health Services grant awarded to Journey Mental Health Center to facilitate the training event. There is no cost to registered participants. There is a limited number of spaces for each cohort.


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. The workshop series is being offered in cohorts of 15-20 individuals who work in the healthcare field, particularly behavioral health.

There will be 6 cohorts offered by Journey Mental Health Center’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee—trained facilitators of the Witnessing Whiteness curriculum. The cohort 1 & 2 begin in January.

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.
  • Creates a safe space to increase cultural awareness of staff and consumers.
  • 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

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. For more information, visit http://shellytochluk.com/

Facilitators of the Workshop Series:

Cohort 1—East Side Location: James Van Able, BA and Heather Hoeppner MA LPC

Continuing Education Hours

*ACEP (Approved Continuing Education Provider License #6760) – 20 Continuing Education Hours for 100% attendance of the 10-week training course. 2 Continuing Educations Hours per weekly 2-hr session*


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