This Epoch Life

This Epoch Life

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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.


Distance Learning Exposing the Digital Divide
May 20 • 33 min
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…
A Fifth Grade Superhero
May 13 • 30 min
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…
Creating Access for Youth Leadership
May 6 • 49 min
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…
Leading with Gratitude
Apr 29 • 24 min
This week’s special features Epoch Education Equity trainer, Deraan Washington, interviewing Equity trainer, Janecia Rolland, about her faith and leading with gratitude during trying times.
Dream Big, Work Hard, Make it Happen!
Apr 15 • 25 min
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…
Disrupting Systems of Oppression
Apr 8 • 43 min
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…
Ms. Ericka Huggins and the Heart of the Black Panther Party.
Apr 1 • 50 min
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…
Our Bodies, Our Rights.
Mar 25 • 30 min
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…
How to Use Grief as an Asset
Mar 18 • 36 min
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…
Navigating Womanhood as a First Generation Woman
Mar 11 • 31 min
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…
Two sisters and Women’s History
Mar 4 • 18 min
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.
Black and Brown people are NOT your educational race experts.
Feb 26 • 36 min
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…
Free? Or Just Unbonded?
Feb 19 • 47 min
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…
Getting real with STEM4Real
Feb 12 • 29 min
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,…
Why they leave.
Feb 5 • 24 min
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…
“You’re pretty, for a black girl.”
Jan 29 • 17 min
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…
The Unintended Consequences of Desegregation
Jan 22 • 26 min
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…
Special Education-the last accepted form of segregation.
Jan 15 • 16 min
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…
Where do we tend to miss the mark with diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Jan 8 • 24 min
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…