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Office of Diversity and Community Engagement Sponsoring Book Discussion Group

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement is sponsoring a “Witnessing Whiteness” book discussion group for SLU students starting on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The group will meet weekly from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

This series of sequential discussions will align with reading the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk, Ph.D. The goals of the series are to build a community with a shared understanding of privilege, whiteness and racism, to increase the ability of participants to support and implement diversity and racial justice initiatives, and to develop leadership capacity around issues of diversity and race.

The Witnessing Whiteness Series will meet for 11 two-hour sessions utilizing a dialogue-based, experiential approach. Group 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.

This series will be facilitated by volunteers from the YWCA. The series will be limited to 25 participants (on a first-come basis). Contact Laurie Shornick, Ph.D., at for additional information and to register.