“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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UNtraining White Liberal Racism, Phase 1C - Sunday Group, Starts Jan 9

UNtraining White Liberal Racism, Phase 1D - Friday Group, Starts Jan 14

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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Beyond Black and White: 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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Chinese UNtraining Alumni Event - Nov 13

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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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 in the Media: Articles, Blogs, Interviews

Social Justice  - What's in it for White Men?

Post on Good Men Project by UNtraining teacher Gregory Mengel, April 2019

Are you doing enough?

By UNtraining participant Kelsey Blackwell for white people who are wondering what they can do to dismantle white supremacy, June 2020

From White Supremacism to Justice: The Role of Education in Moving "Good White People" from Denial to Responsibility

A research paper by Lisa Sandoval, UNtraining participant, and candidate for Master in Public Administration, Spring 2019

Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice

Article by UNtraining assistant Alex Vlasic in The Arrow, A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics, July 2019

Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People

Article by UNtraining participant Kelsey Blackwell, in The Arrow, A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics, August 2018

UNtraining on "Talk It Out Radio"  KPFA 94.1 FM
Sun. Oct. 14, 2018 

Co-founder Robert Horton and senior teacher Kathleen Rice interviewed  by host Marlena Willis.


Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities

Personal statement by UNtraining founder Robert Horton. His section starts on Page 9.  August 2000

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