“Loving yourself is a political act. We are taught not to love ourselves, and from that place we are easily manipulated...
Love yourself so much that this love changes the world.”

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 1
We are offering 3 Phase 1 groups starting Jan 2017.
Friday group (starts Jan 20)
Saturday group (starts Jan 14)
Sunday group (starts Jan 15)

PLEASE NOTE: We have received an unprecedented number of applications for these groups. We cannot accept any more at this time. Thank you!

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 2017

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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 2017

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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
No new group at this time. PREREQUISITE: PHASE 1 OF UNTRAINING WHITE LIBERAL RACISM


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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.

UNtraining Articles, Blogs, Interviews


Good Little White Girl
Investigating a white liberal childhood

A blog by Janet Carter, UNtraining co-director

Read the most recent post
"It Happens All the Time"

Also check out:
Who "Belongs" in America?

Huffington Post blog by Gregory Mengel,
Aug 2016

What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My White Opinion on What a Black Woman Said When her White Friend Asked for her Black Opinion on White Privilege



"British, maybe? Irish, I think?"
Guest post by former UNtraining teacher Rachel Shaw on Christine Sleeter's Critical Family History blog

Shambhala Hosts the UNtraining, Sept 2016

A daylong training with UNtraining teachers Janet Carter and Charlene Leung brings together individuals in the Bay Area Shambhala community committed to unlearning their social conditioning around race

Article by Bob Pressnall in The Shambhala Times


Doing the White Thing
Turning Wheel Magazine, 2007

By Swan Keyes
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