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Shelly Tochluk - PhD

Professor, Education

PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute
MA, Loyola Marymount University
BA, University of California at Los Angeles


Advisor, Clear Credential and Individually Designed Masters Program


Dr. Tochluk joined the Mount St. Mary’s team in Fall, 2005 after teaching elementary and middle school in Inglewood, California. While there, she specialized in differentiating instruction for English language learners. Dr. Tochluk also has extensive experience in cross-race dialogue and youth mentoring.

Her first book, Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It, is a comprehensive introduction to issues of race, white skin privilege, and white racial identity. It has been adopted as faculty reading in a number of independent schools. An 11-part workshop series is also available for groups wanting to investigate their personal and community's relationship to the issues raised in the book. Please visit to learn more about the book, read its introduction, and download workshop guides.

Her most recent publication, "But I Just Don't See It!": Making White Superiority Visible, introduces a tool school administrators, faculty, and staff can use to raise awareness about how racial privilege manifests on school campuses without conscious awareness. It is available in the third volume of the Understanding and Dismantling Privilege journal:

Dr. Tochluk also created a seven-part series of dialogue scenes that provides school communities with tools to guide discussion amongst administration, faculty, and staff about common, destructive interaction patterns and attitudes arising from 1) white privilege, 2) internalized superiority, and 3) unresolved emotions. These scenes and facilitator’s notes pages are available on the Xtras page at

Dialogue Scenes to Prompt Discussion include:

  • Committee Meeting on Creating Inclusive Classrooms
  • Committee Meeting on Campus Inclusivity
  • Grade Level Meeting on Multicultural Curriculum
  • Increasing Parent Engagement
  • Ethnic Representations in Schools
  • Student Evaluation and Assessment

Dr. Tochluk is also a member of AWARE-LA, a group of white individuals working to end racism. This grassroots, all-volunteer organization has been active for over 10 years in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Tochluk facilitates an annual 4-day Unmasking Whiteness Summer Institute along with her AWARE-LA colleagues which leads participants through an exploration of identity and privilege issues. Special consideration is given to how white individuals can create an effective racial justice advocacy practice.

Dr. Tochluk received her BA in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, MA in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She also holds a California Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.