What they say about the UNtraining
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. We learn about our own privilege, conditioning, racism,
etc in order to change the world by accepting, loving and ultimately
changing ourselves. We also cultivate a sense of our human decency.
For me this is the foundation of working on myself and being an activist
out in the world.”
UNtraining is about freeing up what has been suppressed with respect
to racism and racial issues. It is non-judgmental and non-shaming. It
is safe and powerful. I have experienced a spill-over of this freedom
of exploration into my work as a counselor and Rosen Method practitioner,
as well as into the rest of my life. I have more openness. I am taking
on topics, situations and experiences that I have previously shied away
from, around racial issues as well as other areas where people experience
oppression. I am seeing where I have privilege
because of the color of my skin, because I am able-bodied, because of
my age, because, because, because... Through the UNtraining, I am realizing
how, in my privilege, I have not been challenged to look at these issues
and this has stifled my growth and my ability to connect with others."
appreciated Robert Horton's non-judgmental approach to helping people
understand and work with their own racism. Robert is skillful and fearless
in helping people explore the intense feelings that arise in understanding
racism within themselves and in the our culture. The UNtraining is grounded
in a respect for the basic goodness of every person and an acknowledgement
of the courage it takes to work on one's own racism. It fosters self-acceptance
and tolerance of other better than any book I've read, film I've seen,
or workshop I've attended on racism."
came to The UNtraining program in hopes of becoming a "good" white person,
one who understood racism, fought against it and could be trusted by
people of color. I was more motivated by a desire to reduce the potential
for conflict with people of color than by understanding what my "whiteness"
might actually mean. Fortunately, I discovered a lot more about being
white than I ever expected. I learned how much my sense of identity
continues to be shaped by being white in a white supremacist culture.
I came to realize that a significant proportion of what has separated
and alienated me from others, mainstream and minority alike, arose from
the way I was enculturated as a white person. Finally, I found that
my own freedom, to be myself, to connect deeply with others, depended
upon my ability to recognize and counteract the currents of supremacist
beliefs that move within and around me. I now know how much my freedom
and the freedom of people of color are inextricably intertwined."
came to The UNtraining seeking to make visible and take responsibility
for the assumptions of white privilege, and to become a more effective
ally to people of color. I wanted to push past my conscious edges in
the fight against racism. What I got from The UNtraining was all that
and so much more! Through The UNtraining I was able to bring awareness
and compassion to my own racism and my part in the perpetuation of white
privilege. I learned to be more real, less judgmental, 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."
my work in The UNtraining, I have gained heightened awareness of myself
as a white person in a white-dominated society. I'm beginning to unravel
my unconscious responses and to see the previously invisible racial
component of situations. My life is more challenging now, and it's also
richer and deeper."
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