The new Resolutions Northwest will be equipped to address increasing racial tension that often underlie conflict and inequity. Resolutions Northwest will play a strategic role in addressing and healing these disparities by offering a more relevant and accessible menu of mediation, training and dialogue services, the first of its kind in Oregon. Social Justice principles are woven into trainings and in the structure of the organization itself.
As a community we can look forward to Resolutions Northwest introducing more professional development services for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Core to the new services offered will be the Uniting to Understand Racism dialogue model which provides the tools for people to discuss race and privilege within their own organizational structure.
I’d like to take this opportunity to greet and thank you for your unflagging service and commitment to UUR; for the time and effort you have often so selflessly given in support of the cause of social justice. That UUR would not be here today were it not for your tireless dedication is a rather obvious statement but one I feel is necessary and important for me to make; I hope your invaluable support will remain steadfast in this new incarnation.
As it might be imagined, this merger with RNW offers an exciting opportunity for the work begun by UUR to find new expression and amplification. At the same time, there might quite understandably be some concerns and reservations about what this all means in the execution so I wish to invite you to openly share any concerns you may have - they will be received without prejudice and I will do all I can to satisfy the questions you have.
When it comes to the issue of race in Oregon, many of us live in separated communities -- by
geography and by culture. Creating positive connections across those boundaries is what UUR is all
about. We offer a six-week dialogue program in which sixteen participants -- grouped together for a mix of
race, gender, and age -- have the opportunity to listen deeply and learn close up about the effects of racism
on all of us in our daily lives.
It all begins with awareness, and participants report a heightened sense of their own unconscious
biases, plus insights about the power of white privilege. Two experienced facilitators, usually of different
racial identities, carefully guide this soulful journey. Whether you participate in a free community dialogue,
or contract one for your workplace, we hope to talk with you soon!
If you are new to UUR, please explore this site and read the brochure about our other programs as
well. If you are a returning supporter, thank you! Either way, we hope you're inspired to join a dialogue,
or make UUR a contribution of time or financial resources. We now have an online digital invitation, so please share this with your colleagues, allies, and friends.