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Tashal is an alumna of Hampshire’s James Baldwin Scholar program. While at Hampshire, Tashal studied comparative expressions of black identity through the arts. Her Division III focused on the politics of Jamaican music and culture in London, England. She earned an M.A. in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany and has presented her work on music, culture, and the politics of social identity at several conferences in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Tashal has been working in education and youth development for over 7 years. In 2011, she began teaching in NYC public schools, the bulk of her time teaching 6th grade math in an integrated co-teaching environment at Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School. Tashal is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and teacher education at Michigan State University.