Education Department Chair Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D., and Mount student Jason David recently co-presented an interactive workshop entitled "Witnessing in Action: Developing and Sustaining White, Anti-Racist Affinity Groups" for the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), at the Meadowbrook School of Weston, Massachusetts.
During this day-long workshop, Dr. Tochluk and Mr. David supported teachers and school administrators interested in promoting anti-racism on campus through the development of white affinity groups, which focus on dialogue and support the development of healthy racial identity and effective anti-racist practices, both essential for building relationships across race.
Dr. Tochluk is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It, a book about why race remains an essential issue, how race affects people's daily lives and interactions, and practical steps we can take to serve racial justice. To read more about the book, Witnessing Whiteness, and the accompanying Companion Workshop Series Curriculum, visit www.witnessingwhiteness.com
Mr. David is a Humanities teacher at Wildwood High School, a co-founder of the Alliance for White Anti-Racists Everywhere - Los Angeles (AWARE-LA), a white anti-racist organization that provides resources and community space for consciousness-raising, alliance-building, and movement-building. To read more about AWARE-LA, visit the organization's website at http://www.awarela.org/