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.

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, this 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.

 

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 Mission

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.

A first-generation Iranian immigrant of Jewish and Muslim heritage and a Southern-born and bred black Baptist preacher, Homa Tavangar and Eric Dozier have decades of experience helping diverse people collaborate at work, at school, and in community building. They have teamed up to offer a truly unique and energizing model that inspires and empowers participants, to unlock belonging, performance and innovation.

Meet the Team

 
Homa Tavangar

Homa Tavangar

Homa 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. Learn more about Homa’s work at www.growingupglobal.net.

Eric Dozier

Eric Dozier

Eric Dozier is a music educator, cultural activist, and recording artist who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism.  He is committed to  “Uniting The World One Song At A Time.” He has served as the musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, the award winning Children’s Theatre Company of NYC, and has been a featured artists at the United Nations. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Angelique Kidjo, Raffi, and even Nelson Mandela. He’s a founding faculty member and Director of Equity and campus Culture at the Episcopal School of Nashville. He currently serves as a Museum Educator for the forthcoming National Museum of African American Music to be built in Nashville, TN and has recently launched the Young People's Freedom Song Initiative, an interactive musical exploration designed to engage young people in revolutionary music making. He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Tasmania researching the effects of Black Gospel Music on communities outside of the Black Church. Learn more about Eric’s work at www.ericdozier.com