Workshop Feedback

Have you been to one of Nanette’s presentations? Write what your experience was like (or send me a message through the “Contact” page).

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27 thoughts on “Workshop Feedback

  1. To be succinct: through her presentational skills and style, she has made this white male feel challenged and more enlightened, while not threatened or shamed. That’s not easy! I attended her workshop at Unitarian Universalist Church in Buffalo (May, 2018?), and we have more informal conversations as well.

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  2. I too have attended one of Ms. Massey’s workshops, this one in Rochester, NY. The workshop was entitled “Moving Beyond White Fragility: Honest and Effective Conversations About Race.” Mostly attended by white folks, of course, her presentation using her personal conversations with a former white friend, was most effective. The response/questions from the audience from both white and Black attendees were intelligent and pertinent to the overall message of her presentation. I found myself embarrassed at times as I recalled my own insensitivity regarding racial issues, but also could see how far I have come from just a few years ago. Education needs to be ongoing as our society tries to navigate this sensitive, sometimes uncomfortable, but necessary topic. Through workshops like these, new ideas presented begin to percolate and take hold and we hopefully move forward. I enjoyed the hours spent at the workshop. Do yourself a favor and check out Ms. Massey’s message if you have the opportunity.

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  3. I attended Ms. Massey’s workshop in Williamsville in Spring 2019. With humor, compassion and grace, Ms. Massey was able to call white people in to the table of difficult conversations about race. She provided concrete examples of how the white perspective is often so very blind to the everyday minor and major challenges faced by African-Americans in America, and she called on us to challenge our own culturally conditioned assumptions about race, class, education and more…I would recommend her workshops to any groups looking to deepen their self-reflective journeys of anti-racism, regardless of how far along they are on that path.

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  4. I had the privilege of attending Ms. Massey’s first presentation using the book White Fragility. It was an excellent experience that allowed white people, like me, to face our latent racism without shaming or insult, but with a desire to address the reality and change it. Nanette has a unique talent of making people feel at ease while addressing very difficult issues. Her presence is engaging and compassionate without being apologetic or excusing inappropriate comments. She helps us really examine our responses and feelings. I highly recommend her workshops for any organization that wants to address issues around race and have meaningful dialogue. Thank you, Nanette, for helping us grow!

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  5. I attended a white privilege workshop led by Nanette on 5/18/19. Her grace with dealing with a white audience at various stages of its journey into deeper self discovery about racism in our country was stunning.

    Nanette spoke from her heart, sharing personal experiences. She was then able to contextual them into a framework that hit me over the head like the proverbial two-by-four. Before long, I was able to start understanding how a white person’s friendship (and statements) might be viewed radically differently by a person of color, who is on the receiving end.

    I made it my obligation to seek Nanette out and get to know her better as an individual. We have established a friendship that entails personal growth out of mutual respect.

    I have since discovered that her personal journey leads her to be able to understand the white experience and mythology. For much of her life, she believed the falsehoods perpetuated by the power culture — white America. It is this mythology that has enabled my cluelessness about America’s historical past and white privilege.

    Richard A Glaser
    Rochester, NY

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  6. Nanette’s talk at the North Presbyterian Church [May 2019] was an eye-opening education in the depth and immensity of the burden Black people carry 24/7 in our society and in the direct impact of embedded racism on their life chances. It was enlightening for those in the white community who have actively worked to reduce racism for decades and those who think it is largely a problem of the past. Her request that we all look inside ourselves and evaluate our knowledge of racism’s impacts, and into our daily lives for the conversation opportunities we have to challenge subtle or status quo maintaining positions was most welcome.

    Thomas Casey
    Buffalo, NY

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  7. I just attended Nanette’s first online workshop “White Fragility: Black Echo–A unique opportunity”. I enjoyed the workshop despite the technical difficulties on having to move to Zoom at the last minute.
    The discussion of “White Women’s Tears” was eye opening. We were challenged to listen to the Black person’s experience and not make our reaction about us.
    Nanette also talked about pattern recognition and prejudice. Using pattern recognition, we can see when a prejudice is no longer helpful and let it go.
    I look forward to attending another of Nanette’s workshops.

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  8. I also attended Nanette’s online workshop on March 29th – it was a great experience. I very much appreciated the opportunity to interact. Nanette started by asking us to pose questions for discussion, which led to a rich discussion. Nanette shared her perspective of the issues we discussed and many of the participants also chimed in, which was very helpful to understand various points of view. I appreciate Nanette’s sense of understanding for white experience, while at the same time her frank ability to lay it on the table when addressing the blind spots that we keep white people tend to carry around. Thank you, Nanette.

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  9. Nanette’s Sunday session was really great! She doesn’t sugarcoat serious topics but still comes to the work with a generous spirit and enthusiasm for healthy cross-racial dialogue. Her advice to white allies is super concrete and applicable to everyday life. Highly recommended!

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  10. Today’s session on Bacon’s Rebellion was very thought provoking. Nanette was able to provide a detailed and accurate description of the events without notes. She made it interesting and informative. The discussion and Q&A that followed were very informative.

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  11. Attended Nanette’s webinar discussing the topic of “white fragility” today. Good discussion with Nanette starting us out with some interesting historical context regarding white/black designations and how that came about. My main takeaway was just leaving with a sense of wanting to do more to help my fellow man (black/white/poor/American). Especially amidst this pandemic, one feels helpless and a little hopeless. I’m thinking I can volunteer from my home to make calls for the Dem candidate for NY27 (McMurray), who is interested in making Universal healthcare a reality. It’s something I believe in very much and would ultimately benefit every member of the “working class”.
    Thank you, Nanette, for the inspiration!

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  12. Nanette presented to our staff in the Department of Access Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology on January 10, 2020. Her presentation was not your “typical” academic lecture but one that was very real, very well informed and one that resonated with all of our staff. Nanette brought us all to a place where we could access and discuss the topic of White Fragility and the many ways it is displayed so that we could begin to have open dialogue.

    Thank you for your work Nanette, you were a breath of fresh air for our staff and we would love to have you back!

    Hope you are doing well!

    Deborah

    Deborah Makowski, CI and CT
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Manager, Professional Development Program and Professional Development Interpreting Team
    Department of Access Services

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  13. “Bacon’s Rebellion, windshield wipers, and the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery” (online webinar 5/10/20)

    You have a wonderful presenting presence, especially confronting people for the racism hiding in their statements (and probably their personal beliefs) to the contrary while leaving all dignity in tact. You are a natural teacher. I thought the second half of your Zoom was dynamite. I had assumed you’d be talking about the Diangelo book (which I love and thought to be a breakthrough work) and was a little thrown off wondering when it would come in—my fault for assuming. Your ability to address the big charged issue and not drive away an audience while doing it is really an art.

    Keep up you good work. We will see you again.

    John Strazzabosco

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  14. “Bacon’s Rebellion, windshield wipers, and the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery” (online webinar 5/10/20)

    I thought you were a great facilitator and I admire your skill in graciously educating people and intervening in their train of thought to interject some new perspectives.

    Robin Brune

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  15. Sunday online webinar participant:

    What I really appreciate about Nanette is her balance of humor, encouragement, and seriousness when she is speaking to her white audiences. As a fierce advocate for the black community, she inspires me to take action by examining our country’s history, moving through my whiteness, and embracing our common humanity. She implores her white audiences to make meaningful and mundane connections with the black and brown neighbors in their community so that change may actually be possible.

    Noreen Y. (NYC)

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  16. Sunday webinar participant:

    I want to thank you for what you are trying to do, I can only imagine the personal toll it takes on you to try to create the awareness/awakening, it must feel sometimes like a very long, hard road. You have been helpful to me. I appreciate your style-you can be pointed yet gracious at the same time, and you have made my efforts at greater engagement more rewarding than they would have been without your participation.

    Robin, Santa Cruz

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  17. Hi Nanette,

    I just want to take a moment to share with you the gratitude that I have for you. I am a part of the racial training/discussion group and I am so appreciative of the space that you hold. You inspire me. You are a fantastic leader and you hold us accountable. You have boundaries, you ask depthful questions, and you know how to get us to see and understand. Thank you for taking your precious time to help us whities along 🙂
    I wish you nothing but success!
    I look forward to our next meeting.

    Becky

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  18. I stumbled upon Nanette D. Massey’s online workshop “White Fragility – Police and Thieves” and found it worthwhile and thought-provoking. It is now a full week later and I’m still mulling over things I learned. My eyes are open more as I move through my days, wondering how other peoples’ experiences are. To have a perspective shift of this magnitude after just one hour-plus online experience is remarkable. Thank you!

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  19. I attended Nanette’s 5 week Zoom webinar series on “Me and White Supremacy”. Her workshop helped increase my comfort level talking about race and I’m so glad I took it. Nanette’s work is the type that will create so many small ripples in the big pond of American society…in the long-term, Western New York will owe a great debt to Nanette Massey. She’s changing lives for the better.

    Kate Klaiber

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  20. Thank you so much for your wisdom, technique and eye opening education. Talk all day please! Truly phenomenal delivery! If you are seeking anti racism related education and want a true shift in your attendees NANETTE, every day of the week! Thank you again!

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  21. I just finished White Fragility: beyond the white echo chamber. Can I show the recording at my church? We did a White Fragility workshop, but it never reached the depths in this seminar. Wonderful. I am following you…

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  22. This is the second workshop I attended of Nanette. Her straight forward get to the real style has got me hooked and wanting to dig deeper! This session being a focus on just one of the chapters of White Fragility I was excited for the laser focus! Thank you Nanette for keeping it simple and straight to the point!

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  23. This is the second workshop I attended of Nanette. Her straight forward get to the real style has got me hooked and wanting to dig deeper! This session being a focus on just one of the chapters of White Fragility I was excited for the laser focus! Thank you Nanette for keeping it simple and straight to the point!

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  24. “Well done, Nanette. I enjoyed and learned from your explanation of the variables involved in responding to an anti-racist remark as outlined in “White Fragility”. I had listened to the audio book but missed the intricacy of that issue. Your commentary was excellent and very appropriate for all “levels” of listeners.” Pat Ferguson

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  25. this was one of the best i have attended. Nanette stayed on point and did not feell the need to take care of the white people. she was also very supportive of us all. i will do this again.

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