We are a diversity and inclusion consultancy. We work with school districts, companies, nonprofits, and other organizations. We believe that when we see each other’s humanity and engage clearly and compassionately with one another, we can transform issues of inequity and exclusion to equitable and inclusive innovative solutions.
Through online study, coaching, training and collaborative learning partnerships, we help individuals and organizations identify and implement the tools and approaches that create the relationships that help you personally expand and build bridges in your school, workplace or community.
We grow as we practice what we teach: with our clients, with each other and throughout our lives.
Transforming the way we engage with each other to challenge inequities and create a more inclusive world, one relationship at a time.
Epoch education provides quality equity tools, services and virtual resources that support the transformation of individuals so organizational cultures can become fully inclusive.
Our Values and Value Statements
Dr. Nancy Dome is a renowned speaker and leader on Equity in school systems and workplaces with over 20 yrs in the education field as a child care worker, a teacher, and a professor.
She has provided professional development to school districts and educational agencies throughout the U.S. Her expertise and experience supports transformative culture change, providing the trainings, tools, and leadership to diverse organizations. Through an innovative approach to learning, Epoch Education provides online courses accessible to clients in real time with relevant content. Dr. Dome’s approach is to meet clients where they are and to help them reach measurable goals that, ultimately, change the educational experience and outcomes for ALL students.
Nancy works with several community groups in Sonoma, is a group mentor, and enjoys supporting local performing arts. Her time to unwind and relax is spent in Montana with friends and the outdoors.
Dora J. Dome, J.D., attorney, author, professor and renowned speaker has practiced Education Law for over 20 years, focusing on student issues and special education.
Ms. Dome’s legal compliance trainings provide up-to-date information and guidance on how to ’stay legal’ in the areas of Special Education, Student Discipline, Counseling and Mandated Reporting, Sexual Harassment, Discriminatory Harassment and Section 504. Ms. Dome has published several books that provide guidance to administrators and families on the student discipline process, which is also available in Spanish. She was a keynote panelist for the Gay & Lesbian Athletics Foundation presentation on “Race and Racism in LGBT Athletics” and presented at the NCAA Black Coaches Association Annual Conference on “Homophobia in Sports.” She also lecturers at the University of California at Berkeley for the Education Law and Policy in Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Program.
In her spare time, Dora enjoys traveling, staying active through various sports activities, and spending time with her family and her new grandbaby.
Kelly Cole, M.A., has over 20 years experience as a group facilitator, educator, community advocate, and ceremonialist.
She is experienced and skilled at co-creating safe spaces where adults, young people, and children can experience and express themselves as empowered beings. Her prior work with the non-profits, Alternatives for Girls and Planned Parenthood, centered on creating workshops and facilitating crucial conversations in a variety of community settings. As an Equity Trainer with Epoch Education, she supports leaders and staff to increase the cultural competency of their organizations. Kelly’s work with educational clients focuses on creating and sustaining equitable education opportunities for children of color and other marginalized students.
Kelly currently sits on the board of the nonprofit, Empowerment4Girls. She also enjoys making music and being out on the land in Joshua Tree where she resides with her partner and puppy.
Marlecia Autrey, M.A., has over 20 years as an educator, facilitator, coach, and staff development manager. Starting as a teacher in the classroom, her work has been inspired by Shirley Chisholm’s quote,
“One learns by participating in the situation—listening, observing and then acting.” She incorporates these words into action combining her extensive knowledge of curriculum, staff development, school systems and expert facilitation skills. She supports the client’s Equity work by developing current, relevant workshops and coursework. Marlecia brings her strong educational background to her coaching and guided conversations about race. Her vision is to support the creation of spaces that are conducive to learning, growing and thriving especially for the most underserved populations.
Marlecia also enjoys listening to live musical performances and writing.
Erikca Brown is an educator and researcher dedicated to creating and maintaining equitable educational opportunities within k-12 and higher education environments, specifically for those who are typically marginalized by these systems. With 20 years of classroom experience, she seeks to motivate students to become lifelong learners dedicated to making a difference in the world.
Dr. Brown earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching and Masters of Arts in Education; she received her doctorate in Education, emphasis in culture and learning, from Claremont Graduate University. Her study focused on schools as workplaces and the impact of organizational culture on the production of racial micro-aggressions as perceived by minority members of the organization.
Dr. Browns’ research and publications have centered on institutional culture, minority teacher recruitment and preparation, the supply, demand, shortages and turnover of minority teachers; and the induction and mentoring for minority teachers. She has presented her research on micro-aggressions, organizational culture, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion at regional, state and national conferences, in-services, and workshops.
Suwinder Cooper is an Education Consultant specializing in Equity and Inclusion. She draws upon her broad-based experience in professional development and training in Human Relations, Cross-Cultural Counselling, Education and the Arts to collaborate, design and deliver creative customized training programs and services to Local Education Agencies (LEA’s). She facilitates understanding between people of diverse cultures and backgrounds to address race and ethnic relations, implicit bias and disproportionality in Education.
As a Technical Assistant Facilitator with the State Performance Plan Technical Assistant Facilitator Program, (SPP-TAP) Suwinder collaborates with LEA’s to develop and support implementation of Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services plans to address significant disproportionality in Special Education.
She develops successful district wide and school wide equity and wellness strategic plans, custom designs and delivers professional development culturally relevant/anti-bias training programs for students; teachers; classified staff; parents; clerical staff and district personal.
Suwinder Cooper has also provided leadership and guidance to LEA’s across California to address human relations issues, campus climate and school safety. She has taught classes in education and counseling at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Community College, and as an Academic Trainer, trained faculty and teaching assistants at the University of California, Irvine.
Suwinder earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Education specializing in Cross-Cultural Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a certified True Colors Trainer and a certified anti-bias trainer with the Anti-Defamation League, Central Pacific Region and a member of the Center for Leadership in Equity and Leadership (CLEAR).
Rozina has a passion for teaching. With near 20 years of experience in Education, Rozina has acquired experiences in teaching, learning & development, training and facilitation, and has served organizations in an Educator capacity. By collaborating with educators, parents, and students, Rozina believes we can create an environment that will help every student to live up to their ultimate potential. This means creating a space where every type of learner can be successful and not having our learners conform to a type of space.
During her tenure at the SELPA, Rozina worked closely with the California Department of Education (CDE) to support and monitor districts that were found non-complaint in the following area: Disproportionality, Data Indicator Non-Compliance (DINC), Performance Indicator Review (PIR), and Comprehensive Review (CR). Rozina has also collaboratively with school districts to ensure their policy and procedures are up to date with the State and Federal laws to ensure compliance.
Rozina volunteers at the Ismaili Center and has been working to implement Anti-Bully campaigns to empower young people to make socially responsible decisions by giving them the appropriate tools. She also is an academic coach for refugee students and supports them with acclimating socially and educationally to their new environment.
Rozina has a B.A in English, a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Moderate to Severe disabilities, a multi-subject moderate to severe teaching credential, and her Administrative credential. Rozina is also a certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) trainer and a certified Yoga Instructor.
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
~ Johnann Wolfgang von Goethe
Janecia Rolland is a Marriage and Family Therapist/Professional Clinical Counseling Trainee. Janecia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino. She will complete her M.A. in Marriage and Family therapy at Brandman University. Janecia believes in providing a non-bias, non judgement, safe space to grow.
Janecia’s focus is to partner with her clients and together, address issues and/or concerns in life. Janecia enjoys working with individuals, couples, teens and young adults with addressing issues such as: spiritual concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, communication, parenting challenges, setting healthy boundaries, healing, personal growth, decision making and overall life transitions.
Deraan Washington, M.A., is a Sociology and Behavioral Sciences Professor and Social Equity Trainer. Through Deraan’s prior experiences as an outreach counselor and professional development trainer, she developed a pronounced ability to build rapport with training participants while ensuring a safe learning environment.
Deraan is an energetic facilitator who is committed to providing trainings that explore social inequity compassionately. Deraan encourages training participants to introspectively engage with training material by promoting the sharing of real-life examples related to the subjects at hand. Her areas of expertise include, implicit bias, gender socialization, deviant behavior, race and economic inequality.
In efforts to mitigate socioeconomic and racial marginalization, Deraan has facilitated a multitude of training-workshops, 14 participatory action research focus groups addressing third-party homicide, and conference break-out sessions pertaining to equitable approaches to staff development and retention. In her free time, Deraan enjoys facilitating support groups focused on the effects of mass incarceration and racial trauma.
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Suzanne supports Epoch Education with project development, Epoch’s website, e-commerce and general team support.
She oversees backend support for digital platform and relationships with partner universities offering graduate credit for online courses.
She has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Mexico developing business relationships with folk artists throughout Mexico and produced a video documentary about the tin artisans of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Founder of the Glen Ellen Community Center, she has worked extensively with children of Sonoma Valley.
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