Workshop Series

Workshop Series Overview

Goals of the Series

  • Build a community with a shared understanding of privilege, whiteness, and racism.
  • Increase your group’s ability to support and implement diversity and racial justice initiatives.
  • Develop leadership capacity around issues of diversity and race

General Approach

  • Integrated, comprehensive, guided experience. An 11-part, sequential process aligns with the reading of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It.
  • Dialogue-based, experiential approach. Workshop agendas allow groups of 5 to 25 people to explore how issues discussed in Witnessing Whiteness relate to personal lives and communities in 2 1/2 to 3 hr sessions.
  • Grassroots philosophy. Assumption that people can learn by doing, and groups need to organize themselves to develop skills and capacities that bring needed change to organizations, institutions, and communities.
  • Accessible and sustainable. Workshop agendas and facilitator’s notes offer detailed instructions so groups can avoid hiring an expensive consultant.
  • Supportive intention. Guidelines support the creation of a welcoming, inviting space where participants feel free to speak the truth of their experience without fear of shame or reprisal.
  • Complete, printed manual available. If you would like to order a complete set of printed documents as a bound manual with plastic cover and backing, please send a check to Shelly Tochluk, Education Department, Mount St. Mary’s College – Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Each manual is $45.

Creative Process

  • Multiracial review teams.  Many thanks go to various colleagues and mentors who made up the multiracial review teams that offered critical feedback on early workshop drafts. The detailed written notes and conference calls were invaluable in crafting this series. Special acknowledgments go to the teams at the YWCA in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wildwood School in Los Angeles, California.
  • Continual revisions. As groups begin to use the series and offer feedback regarding sections that could use tweaking or updates, there will be ongoing revisions to documents. Each workshop agenda will have a revision date in the bottom footer so that facilitators can ensure they are using the most up to date documents. To begin, all agendas have a rev. date of 12/09.
  • Feedback requested. If you use the series and would like to recommend potential changes or offer feedback about your group’s experience, please email All information regarding how the series works for your group is appreciated.
  • Alert List. If you would like to receive an email letting you know when updates/revisions occur, please send an email to and ask to be put on the alert list.

Workshop Agendas and Resource Documents

Essentail Documents To Get Started:

Chapter by Chapter Workshop Agendas and Handouts Pages


  • Multiracial review teams. Thanks to the following individuals who offered so much to this process…

Mana Tahai     Justice Waidner     Mary Waidener    Kim Nave

Rasheda Carroll     Melinda Tsapatsaris     Katy Green

Diane Burbie     Jorge Zeballos     Michele DeRosa

  • AWARE-LA. My witnessing community, without whom I’d never have known how to create workshop agendas.
  • Cameron Levin. A colleague of tremendous dedication and skill who developed the workshop template used and provided endless opportunities for me to grow into this work.

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