Uniting to Understand Racism

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Our mission: to advance racial justice and reconciliation

through honest dialogue, acts of reconciliation and education.


U.U.R. is a widely recognized organization in the State of Oregon. Our organization originated from the merger of two organizations: Understanding Racism Foundation (URF) and Oregon Uniting (OU) in 2004.

Many U.U.R. Board members' prior work with the Oregon Supreme Court Task force on racism and equal access to justice inspired the formation of URF and its dialogue curriculum on race and racism. During the same period, OU worked with the community, also developed a dialogue curriculum on race and racism, as well as our "Beyond the Oregon Trail" curriculum for 8th graders. Since the merger, U.U.R. has continued the work of both organizations.

We contiue to offer services to law firms, local businesses, community-based organizations and the community in general. We hope you will take a moment to learn more about our mission and consider joining us and inviting your friends as well to get involved. Our website also serves as an online social commnunity and forum! Use the "Share" button below to share U.U.R. with your friends and associates via Facebook.

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To accomplish our goal, Uniting to Understand Racism works throughout the year with local businesses, schools, government, nonprofits, and community members to sponsor a six-week dialogue program within their organizations. The program, led by two trained facilitators, focuses on helping participants raise their level of awareness concerning unexamined racist attitudes and encouraging proactive change.



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Uniting to Understand Racism board member, Steph McBride, welcomes you to our website!

Dear Oregonians,

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.



Latest Activity

Roger David Hardesty is attending Theresa Sayles's event

UUR and RNW Merger Celebration at Details to follow soon

May 29, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Hold the Date! Thursday, May 29, 5:30 to 8:30 for merger celebration. Details to follow.  See the newsletter for exciting news!UUR and RNW Merger News April 2014See More
Apr 11
Jiro Isetani commented on Theresa Sayles's event RACE TALKS:“Playing the Race Card: An Interactive Teaching Game about Racial Biases”
"facebook page for this event is:https://www.facebook.com/events/1407651426151584/"
Apr 3
Jiro Isetani is attending Theresa Sayles's event

RACE TALKS:“Playing the Race Card: An Interactive Teaching Game about Racial Biases” at McMenamins Kennedy School Gym

April 8, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Dear Friends of Race Talks­, Please join us for the upcoming Race Talks program at Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland.  Phone: 503.249-3983  Website:  Kennedy School events Tuesday, April 8, 2014Free/All Ages7pm - 9pm; Doors open at 6pm; **Come early to meet, network and eat dinner with friends. “Playing…See More
Apr 3
Rebecca Reed is now a member of Uniting to Understand Racism
Mar 31


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