YWCA Metro St. Louis

Witnessing Whiteness

Program Calendar


Thanks for your continuing interest and support of this program! The 2018A groups starting in January are currently being organized, and we have reached capacity at 16 groups. 

We already have a list of groups being planned to begin in August 2018. So if you are interested in forming a group (minimum size is 15 people) for the latter half of 2018, please note our deadlines below and email Christy Fry at christyfry19@gmail.com after February 1, 2018, and no later than June 1, 2018.

If you are an individual interested in joining a Witnessing Whiteness group in January, you will want to get your name and contact information submitted to Pat Cox at pat.cox@me.com before the end of November. Spaces are limited.

Groups begin twice a year - early in the calendar year (A) or in the second half of the calendar year (B).

A GROUPS (2018 CLOSED; dates below for early 2019) B GROUPS
Planning and organizing begins by October 15, 2018 Planning and organizing begins by June 15, 2018
Groups begin meeting in January 2019 Groups begin meeting in August 2018
Groups conclude by end of May 2019 Groups conclude by end of December 2018


Group Schedule

  • 10 sessions
  • Groups met twice each month for 2 hours beginning with an introductory overview session and then one on each of the book's 9 chapters
  • Groups may meet day, evening, or weekend hours

Group Logistics

Group size - 15 to 25

  • Contact Pat Cox to join a group
  • Contact Christy Fry if you have commitments from at least 15 people to form a group


  • Across the St. Louis metro region
  • May be in schools, churches, synagogues, workplaces, community centers
  • Groups have also been hosted in individual homes


  • Teams of volunteer facilitators guide each group
  • All facilitators have gone through the Witnessing Whiteness program, facilitator orientation, and receive continuing professional development


Using the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It (2nd edition) by Shelly Tochluk, group members explore:

  • History and construction of white racial identity
  • Community building within white spaces
  • White culture and values and how US national culture reflects and largely rests of white culture, practices and values
  • Manifestations of white supremacy and privilege
  • Cross-racial communication, conflict, and relationship building
  • Activation of white solidarity and accountability

Individuals are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book - eReader or print version.

Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk

Local bookseller, Left Bank Books, offers a 20% discount on the book. Use http://www.left-bank.com/book/9781607092575 to order. The link is hard-coded to take the 20% discount at checkout. You can go in to pick up your copy after an online purchase, or it can be shipped to you via media mail for 99 cents.

Documents & Templates

Facilitator Resource Section

Coming soon...