Rita Shimmin is co-founder of the UNtraining and a teacher of multi-dimensional consciousness. Her work, called Racism, Diversity and Risk of the Self, is the source and inspiration for the UNtraining. She continues to support the process of its development and acts as on-going mentor to leaders in the UNtraining. Rita leads the People of Color groups.
Rita has been a teacher, trainer and coach for more than 40 years. She has worked within educational institutions, at all levels -- with kindergarteners and university management teams -- and with business entities, including community-based non-profits and national investment firms. She has co-directed the Bay Area Black Women's Health Project and served as Interim Executive Director for Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services in San Francisco.
Rita recently retired after 30 plus years of non-profit work, the last 17 in leadership at the GLIDE Foundation, a faith-based social services agency in San Francisco. She continues as an organizational consultant, teaching the development of multi-dimensional consciousness through group programs and individual coaching. She is available through referral only.
Rita's work is fundamentally about people. She has coached individuals, couples, families, line staff, managers and senior executives. She has work-shopped and lectured groups of 200, small groups, groups that were all white, all people of color, groups of mixed race, ethnicities, and class backgrounds; groups of all ages and all sexual orientations. She has worked with people who have the responsibility to hold society together and those who are driven to deconstruct it; with happy people and depressed people, people identified as crazy and people identified as normal.
Rita teaches people to define their sphere of influence and their work in the world, and to enrich that work with new tools, strategies, supportive relationships and increased capacity to play and create.
Yvette Leung is a certified organizational systems coach, supporting public institutions, philanthropy, non-governmental organizations and visionaries to harness the wisdom and power of the collective to solve those big, wicked social problems that no one entity could tackle on its own. Back in 2011 after attending an anti-isms conference, Yvette had a profound realization. She saw herself as a good effective model minority (GEMM), who followed unspoken rules and rarely rocked the boat around issues of race and class. Yvette turned to the UNtraining and this catapulted her down the path of unlearning the white-biased conditioning that she was raised with, acknowledging where she has privilege, and finding the courage to influence conversations on race, class, and privilege. Yvette immigrated to the United States as a young child. She is a daughter, wife, mother of two, a craft-maker, and an assistant teacher for Phase 1 of the UNtraining.
Eddie Shieh is a second generation Taiwanese American. He grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. His racial conditioning shaped his self-image and view of other POC groups in ways designed to keep him quiet, separate, and "safe". The UNtraining community has given him space and skills to face his internalized racism and oppression, allowing him to show up more lovingly and authentically in the world. He is honored to support other POC in their process as a Phase 1 teacher's assistant while still being very much in the middle of his own. Eddie is a designer turned coach that helps creative professionals use their talents and privilege in service of creating a more just and equitable world. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and dog, enjoys rock climbing, cooking with his Instantpot, game nights, driving a Prius, playing badminton, and basically just being super Asian while poking fun at himself for it. He believes in speaking the unspeakable and hearing the unhearable as pathways to community resilience and liberation.