“Loving yourself is a political act. We are taught not to love ourselves, and from that place we are easily manipulated.”

Rita Shimmin
UNtraining co-founder

UNtraining White Liberal Racism

We explore what it means to be white, bringing awareness to white conditioning and privilege that we did not choose as children, but that we can take responsibility for as adults.

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SF Bay Area Phase 1B
Meets on Fridays!
Starts Jan. 22, 2016
APPLY NOW deadline Nov 30
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SF Bay Area Phase 1C
Meets on Saturdays
Starts Feb. 6, 2016
APPLY NOW deadline Dec 15
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Midwest/Quad Cites Phase 1

Starts Jan 9, 2016

APPLY NOW deadline Dec 12
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People of Color UNtraining

We explore how to communicate authentically and compassionately with each other about issues of race,  and how to heal the effects of trauma resulting from being the targets of racism.

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SF Bay Area Phase 1

NEXT PHASE 1 IN 2016-2017

"Learning Self Facilitation"
For those who have completed POC or Chinese Phase 1


Neither Here Nor There: Being Chinese in America

We explore the interface of internalized racism and our own cultural conditioning with others of Chinese descent to bring healing for ourselves and others.

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SF Bay Area Phase 1
NEXT PHASE 1 IN 2016-2017

"Learning Self Facilitation"

For those who have completed Chinese or POC Phase 1


Jewish and White in America

We will explore together the complexities of Jewish and white identities—target and privileged—with openness, intensity, and deep respect.

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SF Bay Area Phase 1

SF Bay Area Phase 2
Starts Jan 2016, dates TBD
Must have completed Phase 1 of Jewish & White In America or Phase 1 of UNtraining White Liberal Racism

What Participants Say about the UNtraining

What is unique and inspiring about the UNtraining is that we work from the inside out. We look at what's going on inside of us and how that translates into our actions.

The support and compassion that existed in the group, as modeled by the facilitators was amazing and freeing. I got an opportunity to begin a deeper journey into my relationship to white privilege and racism.

I learned to be more real and to experience and manage many different feelings and reactions simultaneously. I am much more able to stand in your shoes, whoever you are, because I learned to stand in my own.

I now know how much my freedom and the freedom of people of color are inextricably intertwined.

It’s essential, personal work that has enabled me to facilitate conversations around racism and stereotyping with my students.

The UNtraining is nonjudgmental and non-shaming. It is safe and powerful.

This feels like important and essential work for European Americans if we are to move beyond the insidious effects of racism.

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