Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D.
Chair, Education Department
Education Department, Building 20
Mount St. Mary’s College
10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007
My deepest hope is that this book can inspire people to join me on a journey of self-discovery. No one growing up in our can escape the infusion of racist messages that are part of our country’s foundation. It will take all of us working together for a very long time to dismantle the systems of white supremacy that support current structures of inequity. To do this we need to understand how we fit into this system and how it affects our daily lives. Witnessing Whiteness is a first step in that direction.
A short bio…
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 Chair of the Education Department at Mount St. Mary’s College. 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. I am committed to speaking at community forums whenever possible to highlight issues of white racial identity.
Pieces of my life’s mosaic…
These are my two closest teacher-
friends, partners on my journey, and
endless sources of inspiration.