Tasnia is a first year in Pauli Murray College interested in medicine and anthropological studies, and is originally from Queens, NY. She is a member of the Prep for Prep program, a non-profit organization that prepares low income students of color to enter independent schools, and a graduate of The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She is both a twin and an older sister.
As a student at Packer, Tasnia involved herself in many leadership and mentorship roles. She served on the board of the Student Faculty Judiciary Committee, as well as Student Council. She facilitated conversations for the Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students (DAIS), traveled twice to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), lead three affinity groups (two of which she co-found), and became co-head of her school’s Service Leadership Council Educational Equity Division.
Mentorship plays a big role in Tasnia’s life, whether she is creating lesson plans to teach to 4th and 5th graders as a leader of Students Advocating for Young Children (SAYC), spending time with children at the Arab American Family Support Center, or helping her younger sister get through the day. Tasnia’s experiences as a low-income woman of color have instilled in her a passion for social justice and education rights. She is a firm believer in the importance of positive role models, encouragement, and commitment, especially in an education system that often steals agency from children. She is eager to grow as a mentor and share what she’s been given, but is even more excited about what she will learn from her tutees.