is the UNtraining?
We do not come together to judge, instill guilt or exonerate ourselves for the effects of racism. We seek to understand ourselves and our world in order to be more effective and compassionate individuals. In doing so, we may become strong allies to everyone working to raise awareness about racism and create social change.
Privilege and the Cost of Whiteness
Although it may not be obvious at first, we benefit from racism in our daily lives through the privileges associated with light-colored skin. Even less apparent, however, is the cost to us as white people living within this hierarchical system. Many of us live with guilt, fear, and defensiveness. Our curiosity is stifled and our passions blunted. This keeps us from speaking out and taking action against racism. Or if we do, we may come across as righteous and judgmental, which is rarely helpful or effective.
How can white people reconcile heartfelt antiracist beliefs with the invisible power of this white training?
The UNtraining is held in small groups that meet once a month for six months in a workshop format that combines presentation of concepts and tools, experiential exercises, self-reflection and group process. Each group consists of a maximum of ten men and women who are "white identified." The meetings are generally held on weekends.
There are three phases of the UNtraining. Each phase is complete in itself, although they build on each other. Phase One introduces the basic concepts and tools of the UNtraining. Phase Two deepens the experience of using the tools in the group process. Phase Three is tailored to the needs that arise in the particular group.
The cost is a sliding scale from $400 to $1200 for a six month series.
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