At the Oneness Lab we seek to discover, learn and live models of cohesion and unity, toward building a better world. Going beyond satisfaction with diversity and inclusion, our work aims to recognize the complex dynamics of human identity, so that individuals can practice deep respect, creativity, collaboration, innovation, and authentic care for oneself and one another. We aim to help unlock mindsets that are truly global, so that challenges far away may be addressed like those of our own family members, so that fear of the other and the unknown is replaced with curiosity and respect, and so that a new generation is armed with the cognitive and social-emotional skills needed simultaneously for global citizenship and local engagement - the skills of the 21st-Century.
We believe, “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” When a profound sense of unity, or oneness, permeates our work and lives, we can help illuminate the dark corners of human relations and unlock human potential.
Equity and deep inclusion stand as both our goals and methodologies. We will constantly test, challenge, and explore the theory and practice of these concepts, as true equity and inclusion remain elusive in most settings. We draw upon best practices from cultural humility, structural competence, multicultural education, social justice, positive psychology, and other approaches. Through Oneness, our aim is to seek and practice best possible solutions, not cling to one philosophy over another.
A note on language: “Oneness” in this context is very far from conformity and sameness. Oneness is not about avoiding difference or conflict, but embracing the messy process of learning across differences, respecting them, and not trying to flatten complex experiences. An idea espoused by ancient sages, oneness is a state of being unified or whole, free of fear, mindful, imbued with purpose, peace, and joy. Juxtaposed with “Lab” implies an experimental, experiential, iterative, safe, open, inquiry-based, curious, humble, continuous learning environment -- so Oneness can emerge. We actively seek to develop something that remains elusive to our modern world: a model that creates equity and opportunity for all learners, in settings that respect and celebrate differences.
What We Do
Our aim in founding the Oneness Lab is to address head-on humanity’s profound need for oneness, at the root of so many challenges. Our work is dynamic, informed by cutting-edge scientific research as well as ancient or non-Western wisdom, and personal stories and experience. This is translated into professional development for teachers, diversity practitioners, for-profit and non-profit organizations, individual and group coaching to unleash human potential, ongoing research, workshops, keynotes, school assemblies, and eventually, travel experiences that engage humbly, authentically, and meaningfully with diverse cultures and locales.
Who We Are
Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), co-author of five books for educators, and writer for numerous national websites, including Edutopia, PBS Parents, the Huffington Post, and National Geographic Educator. She is Series Consultant for NBC’s animated children’s program Nina’s World, starring Rita Moreno and Mandy Patinkin, which is based in part on Growing Up Global, and an advisor to Disney Channel. A former Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Homa has worked with diverse schools, corporations, non-profits, governments, and children’s media on optimizing learning, empathy, inclusion, women’s empowerment, and global competence. Homa serves as Vice-Chair of the Tahirih Justice Center, assisting immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. Born in Iran, she has lived on four continents, and her heritage includes four world religions. A graduate of UCLA and Princeton University, she is married and the mother of three daughters, ages 25, 23, and 15. (For more, see www.growingupglobal.net)
Ruha Benjamin is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the relationship between science, technology, medicine, and society. She is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and is the author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier. Ruha's work is at the forefront of debates over the relationships between innovation and equity, science and citizenship, and health and justice. Among other honors, she received the 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.
Ruha received a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California Berkeley in 2008, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA's Institute for Society and Genetics. She was an American Council of Learned Societies fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Science, Technology, and Society Program and has received numerous fellowships and grants for research and has been invited to dozens of international talks and panels. (For more, see www.RuhaBenjamin.com.)
Eric Dozier is a cultural activist, theologian, musician and father. The former musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, Eric is co-founder and National Director of Arts and Education for One Human Family Music Workshops, Inc., an organization devoted to eradicating discrimination by ‘Uniting the World… One Song at a Time"; one-half of the duo Moanin' Sons, which develops a creative context, through music, to address racial inequality, and music director and head of equity and inclusion at the Episcopal School of Nashville. Through his insightful lyrical stylings, soulful melodies, and interactive workshops, he continues to dedicate his musical, spiritual, and intellectual talents to welding the hearts and minds of a divided humanity into one loving fellowship. Eric believes, as Dr. King said, that "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." (For more, see www.ericdozier.com)