The Mosaic Collaborative, LLC
 
 

OUR APPROACH

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We believe that we are all on a continuum of learning. In order for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be successful, each member of your organization must be able to see themselves reflected in the work.

Our team members take a down-to-earth, accessible approach to difficult topics that enables us to collaborate and tailor our offerings to meet your specific needs. We provide for-profits, non-profits and educational settings with the framework and tools needed to incorporate all voices in decision making, cultural norms and programmatic innovations.


 
 
 
(Photo Cred:  Andreas Branch )

(Photo Cred: Andreas Branch)

 

Taunya Black, M.A.

Co-Founder

I’m Taunya. I’m a circle; able to create connection and initiate movement. I’m a passionate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion facilitator, teacher, writer and coach. My unique combination of expertise in non-profit program design, implementation, and management as a Program and Executive Director, training as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and yoga/meditation instructor allows me to approach this work from all sides. 

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, I have worked on DEI initiatives on both coasts with various organizations including Brooklyn Friends School, The Pacific Center for Human Growth, California Institute of Integral Studies, Public Equity Group, and the Bridgespan Group. Some of my other work includes participating in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task forces at various educational institutions, lecturing on multiculturalism for graduate level psychology courses, and collaborating on content for keynotes. I currently sit on the board of Acta Non Verba, a non-profit dedicated to urban farming and food justice.

I hold a BA in Urban Studies and Dance from Barnard College, a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY Empire State, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies. 

My superpower is synthesizing complex concepts, creating safe spaces for difficult conversations, and offering concrete tools for moving the dial forward.

To learn more about me, visit my linkedin page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/taunya-black-/.

 
 
 
(Photo Cred:  Andreas Branch )

(Photo Cred: Andreas Branch)

 

DeAngela Cooks, M.A.

Co-Founder

I’m DeAngela. I’m a triangle; comfortable with making points and incorporating the three sides of the truth. As a result, I’m a passionate public speaker of 20 years, professional master of ceremonies, an acclaimed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshop facilitator, and author.

Hailing from Southern California, I embrace my intersectional identities.  As a Black, queer, woman, who is a parent, and has been a minister and stand-up comic, I bring a wealth of experiences to my work; infusing education with elocution, wit and a splash of sarcasm. I have collaborated on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives with UC Davis, The County of Alameda, Facing History and Ourselves, Cal State Fullerton, Designory, Golden Crown Literary Society, San Francisco Department of Probation, regional housing authorities, and the Pacific Center for Human Growth, just to name a few.  I have also been a guest lecturer and keynote speaker on the topic of multiculturalism for various organizations. 

After knocking out my Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Religion, I decided to graduate with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I guess it's safe to say I'm a sap.

During my down time, you can find me encouraging parents to stop counting their toddler's age in months and devising a scheme to become unidentifiable by my student loan providers. My superpower is utilizing my humor to help people reflect their sameness while appreciating their differences.

To find out more about my public speaking coaching, workshops and event hosting, visit my personal website at www.DeAngela.net.