Today at the Recovery Coach Academy I had the honor to witness a life changing film created for a training on understanding culture. The title “Racism of the Well Intended.” The impact of the film was so immense that I quickly asked for permission to share it. Only it is so sensitive that I decided to run my writing by one of the creator’s of the film to make sure I am sensitive to the topic. So thank you for your patience with me but truly look forward to seeing it because I believe it will touch you too!
In the past – two keynote speakers touched me in very similar ways. The truly helped me embrace my own uniqueness and that of others. One presenter was my good friend Dr. Roberto Dansie a beautiful spirit who resided in San Diego and took the time out of his busy schedule to email me historical information on the origins of my name “Guadalupe” in an effort to help me embrace my uniqueness!
For now Steve Hanamura comes to mind! Okay so Mr. Hanamura shared how he was Japanese-American. Being Japanese American came with it’s own hardships. The Japanese did not fully accept him because he was not all Japanese and the American’s too had a difficult time – “and you add being blind to that…” I’ll never forget the laughter in the room as he shared how he would get into the elevator and face the wall. We all laughed so hard as he shared that you could feel the tension in that little space!!!
Another wonderful aspect of Mr. Hanamura is that his passion is helping people come to terms with their own uniqueness, and developing amazing leaders. “Celebrating Oneness” He is awesome!!!
He has to be one of the grooviest people I have had the pleasure to meet! My favorite story that unforgettable day many years ago still impacts me today! He shared how he did not like rap. It was, to him very difficult to listen to, understand much less embrace. How could he be all about oneness if he had this aversion to rap music. So he set out to learn a rap song! It took him – if I recall correctly a whole month to learn this song – which gave him a renewed respect for the music and the wonderful people who create it!!!
I looked him up to make sure I spelled his name right and there he was in Beaverton, Oregon of all places!!! If you ever need an amazing diversity or cultural trainer for a special even Steve Hanamura is the person for the job!!! He is listed on the Fortune 500 and well his words help me to be more accepting of the many people we have the honor to meet on a daily basis!!!
“Hanamura Consulting is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations. For the past 25 years, Steve Hanamura has been working with organizations to help them build constructive relationships through collaboration, increased understanding and new insights. Whether speaking to a thousand or training ten, Steve inspires and changes lives. For more information, please call us: 503-297-8658 or email”
I look forward to sharing Dr. Dansie’s story as well as “Racism of the Well Intended”
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Guadalupe Aragón, BA, CADC1
Calling In “The One” Transformative Life Coach
President Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest
Currently attending the Recovery Coach Academy