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Dr. ShellyTochluk

Dr. ShellyTochluk

Dr. ShellyTochluk’s book witnessing Whiteness came out just as I was embarking on my journey. Thirsting for insight into whiteness, I tore through the book, spellbound by Shelly’s honest insights about herself, interview-style conversations with people of various races, explanations of the social dynamics that complicate cross-racial relationships, and guidance for white people on how to take action to challenge racism. At one of my first conferences, I ended up eating dinner with Shelly, having the opportunity to share with her ideas for my own book. She listened closely before offering this advice:“I could imagine it as a series of short essays, each around a different aspect of racism.” This concept stuck with me and you’ll notice its influence on the final product. That first interaction I had with Shelly was typical of the generosity and solidarity she brings to this work. Among the many ways Shelly gives to the racial justice community is the extensive free online set of  workshop agendas and resources to support groups working to understand and work towards racial equity in their own communities.