“I believe one of the key steps in creating more equitable systems, structures, and processes is taking time to understand ways that inequities are created, maintained and oftentimes exacerbated.” says Tashi.
Prior to coming to Community Solutions, Tashi worked in local and state government for over a decade. She served in the Child Support Division at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office before stepping into the role of Indiana’s Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator, with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. In this role, she worked alongside local and state leaders to identify and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the youth justice system.
Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director for the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), at the Indiana Supreme Court’s Office of Court Services. She worked collectively with local, state, and national partners to assess and change policies and practices within the youth justice arena, with the objective of advancing race equity and improving the lives of children and families impacted by the youth justice system.
Tashi is able to support clients as they explore implicit bias; the history of systemic and institutional racism in America; power and privilege; diversity, equity & inclusion in the workplace; and conduct racial equity impact assessments.
Tashi earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College and her Master of Public Affairs with a criminal justice focus from Indiana University, Indianapolis.
Why are you passionate about what you do at Community Solutions?
I am passionate about what I do at CSI because I get to be involved in work designed to reimagine and reshape systems and processes that have historically marginalized groups of people based on factors such as race, socioeconomic status, and geography. This experience is amplified by the fact that I get to work with people, both internal and external, who are just as passionate as I am about what they do!
What inspires you?
A constant source of inspiration for me is my journey as an immigrant from Jamaica who moved to America as a teen. This journey and everything that I have experienced to date inspires me to work in partnership with others to make the world more just and equitable, including the communities in which I live and work. It inspires me to have a strong moral compass, work hard, be humble, give back, be kind; be authentic; and actively practice gratitude.
If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?
The advice I would give my younger self is, try your very best to be intentional in all that you do and practice gratitude regardless of the season of life.