This Epoch Life podcast discusses topics related to our diverse world and how to build inclusion. Guests share their lived experiences to enhance listeners' awareness of different perspectives coming from diverse identities. This podcast is a resource from Epoch Education, a company that trains and transforms with innovative in-person and online equity workshops that support school districts, companies and leaders to build capacity to carry on equity work internally.
In this episode of the podcast we sit with Dr. Leilah Kirkendoll, Principal at San Diego County Office of Education. We discuss some of the digital inequities we see surfacing due to our global pandemic, and what we should be doing to maximize our efficiency during this time of distance learning.
In this episode our guest, Stephanie Hammer, fifth grade teacher at Theodore Jonah Elementary School, shares her journey as she discovered the benefits of equity in her classroom through Epoch Education’s Trainer of Trainers Program. She stands as a perfect example of what it takes to create an open and honest atmosphere for her students, and the results are astounding.
In this episode we are focusing on building youth leadership. Our guest, Armoni Easley, is the co-founder of the non profit organization, Project Optimism, which works on empowering leadership mindsets for underprivileged youth and young adults. They provide programs and events that inspire optimistic mindsets.
Our guest, Bonnie Barron, was a former principal at a school site which had the opportunity to work with Epoch Education. Through her openness and willingness to lean in to the process of building equity, she was able change the culture of her school into an all inclusive and engaging atmosphere. We hope her story inspires other educators who find the need to be more inclusive but may be intimidated or overwhelmed by the process.
Our guest, Dr. Talisa Sullivan, shares her passion for eliciting the historical systems of oppression and marginalization of different groups in our society and how we can use compassionate dialogue to disrupt them. She has a book in the works which speaks to these topics and involves the voice of those who have personally experienced societal oppression.
In this episode we have the privilege of talking with Ericka Huggins who was a professor of Sociology and African American studies at Merritt College in Oakland along with other institutions and for 35 years she has advocated for restorative justice. She is also a member of the iconic Black Panther Party. She shares her story with us about her trying experiences during a tense time in our history from losing her husband in an assassination to being a political prisoner for two years. Ericka’s story is powerful and shows the community focus of the Black Panthers which has been misconstrued over time.
In this episode we address the difficult topic of access when it comes to reproductive rights. Women of color along with women of low economic status are disproportionately affected when it comes to policy which determines what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. Our guest Monika Dymerski is a political activist who passionately fights for fair and safe policy. We hope you enjoy, and make sure to subscribe so you can stay up to date with our equity journey!
Grief. It’s something that can make you feel desperate and uncomfortable. Everyone experiences it, but not everyone knows how to understand it. Nancy Dome and Bailee Bennett-Andrade get to sit with Laura Thomas as she shares her journey with grief. We hope you may all have a chance to learn and grow with us in our compassion with ourselves and others.
Laura Thomas participated in the TEDx talk; Navigating the World of Grief. Follow the link below to check it out.
In this episode Epoch Equity Trainer, Deraan Washington, interviews Equity Trainer, Rozina Kapadia, about the intersection of her womanhood as she grew up in an immigrant household. Rozina’s family is Pakistani, therefore she represents East meets West when it comes to her cultural standing.
In this episode Epoch Education CEO and co founder, Nancy Dome, sits with co founder, Dora Dome, to talk about Women’s History and some of the legal statutes created around protecting women in our schools.
This week we discuss with Marie Smith and Nancy Dome the power of using Critical Race Theory to build narratives for the lived experience of educators of color. Marie is an attorney and educator who is the co author of a research paper called Experiences With Racism: Narratives From Black Educators. This research leans into the fact that it is not the responsibility of black and brown educators to qualm the racism which exists in our education systems.
In this episode we get to feature our first student voice. Lily wrote a powerful essay about inequitable practices in our criminal justice systems for her high school English class. Along with her Godmother, Epoch Equity trainer Kelly Cole, we dive deep into structural racism and how future generations are looking into this issue. Her essay is posted on Epoch Educations’ blog page so make sure to check it out!
In this episode we get real with Dr. Leena Bakshi. Leena shares an inspiring journey which leads to her building STEM4Real, a company which teaches STEM based learning with a social justice lense. CEO, Dr. Nancy Dome, Leena and myself discuss tracking, environmental racism, and the physical attributes we must reshape when we consider what a scientist looks like.
Check out and follow Stem4real at their website, Facebook and Twitter to learn more about some of their amazing and impactful work.
In this episode we sit down with Epoch Equity Trainer, Dr. Erikca Brown, to discuss the difficulties of being a teacher of color in white-dominated education systems. Dr. Brown has published research which analyzes the disparity of turn over rates for African American teachers in the U.S.
In this episode of the podcast we sit down with Epoch Education’s equity trainer, Deraan Washington, to discuss the harmful connotations behind the statement “You are beautiful, for a black girl.” and the microaggressions we experience when it comes to Eurocentric beauty standards.
This week we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Guests Dr. Erikca Brown and Dr. Gina M. Newton discuss their different points of research to unfold the unintended consequences of desegregation. Dr. Brown is an equity trainer for Epoch Education and has conducted research looking at the high turnover rate of African American teachers in modern school systems. Dr. Newton is a CTE coordinator for Los Angeles County Office of Education and a public speaker whos research looks at the impact and legacy of African American educators prior to desegregation and their influence on cultural competency.
In this episode we talk with Rozina Kapadia, equity trainer for Epoch Education, about the downfalls of Special Education in the United States. Rozina was a teacher for children in Special Education for years before becoming an equity trainer for Epoch Education. She discusses with us how Special Education is one of the last accepted forms of segregation in Western Society.
Todays episode of the podcast features two exceptionally special guests, Dr. Nancy Dome and Cassie Bennett-Porter. Nancy is the co Founder and CEO of Epoch Education and Cassie is the Director of Elementary for the San Juan School district. In this podcast we reveal the difficulties behind creating an equitable atmosphere and share stories of how empathy lays the foundation for growth.