October 1, 2019

Voices Envisioned, 2019–20

Now in its thirteenth year, Voices Envisioned is a series of events for Oakwood students, their families, and our faculty/staff/administrators to explore important issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Connecting the Dots to Protect Students from White Nationalist Influence During COVID-19
Shelly Tochluk, PhD
May 19, 2020
7–9pm | YouTube Link on Oakwood Connected

Our final Voices Envisioned event of the school year will be a virtual talk, “Connecting the Dots to Protect Students from White Nationalist Influence During COVID-19” with Shelly Tochluk, PhD.

Shelly Tochluk earned a B.A. in Psychology at UCLA, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, and a PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. While completing her degrees she also earned her teaching credential and taught elementary and middle school in Inglewood Unified School District. Since 2005, she has trained teachers to work with Los Angeles’ diverse school population as a professor in the Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University–Los Angeles. She is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It and Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice. Shelly volunteers with AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles) and co-produces their 4-day summer institute titled, Unmasking Whiteness, which leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, white privilege, and systemic racism. See ShellyTochluk.com to learn more about her work.

Shelly will address:

  • What is White Nationalism?
  • Who are the groups?
  • What is their ideology?
  • How do they target and influence youth?
  • How can we recognize the warning signs?

In anticipation of her talk, our PODEI (Parent Organization Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Committee would like to share this relevant article:

How Social Distancing Could Lead to a Spike in White Nationalism


2019–2020 Past Events:

Oakwood School and SoCal POCIS co-host an evening with Robin DiAngelo, PhD
January 14, 2020
7–9pm | Oakwood Elementary Campus Gym

Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer and author working in the fields of Critical discourse analysis and Whiteness studies. She received her PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. She has numerous publications and books. Her most recent book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. Oakwood K-12 faculty/staff/admin are collectively reading White Fragility. Her book is available HERE.

Oakwood welcomes Elizabeth Denevi, PhD!
October 22, 2019
7–9pm | Oakwood Secondary Campus Community Room

Co-founder of Teaching While White, Elizabeth Denevi works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Elizabeth will engage attendees in a thought-provoking conversation exploring critical questions including How do we measure success—what does it look like, sound like, feel like to be “racially literate”?