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Asha Lane

Intern

As an intern with Converge, Asha’s work focuses on youth education equity in New Orleans. Previously, Asha interned as the social media coordinator for Blissett Textile, where she was responsible for marketing their first Kickstarter launch. In 2016, Asha worked as a student reporter with Eve Abrams, a lead journalist, on an NPR series titled Unprisioned, also featured on WWNO. Asha’s story highlighted the school-to-prison pipeline within the New Orleans charter school system. Her work with Unprisioned led her to become an Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) 2016 New Voice Scholar where she had an opportunity to attend a three-day conference in Chicago about public radio. Asha has also interned with Voices of the Experienced (VOTE), focusing mainly on juveniles. At VOTE, she worked on a large-scale report about the local and national incarceration of women and girls, phoned individuals with incarcerated family members throughout Louisiana, registered community members to vote, and drafted a proposal for VOTE’s first Youth Coalition.

At Converge, Asha provides technical assistance to the Education Equity Index project through researching local and national organizations focused on student opportunity equity. She supports Principals and Project Managers with meeting preparation, partner file management, and event planning. Asha has also been working with Principal, Takema Robinson, to organize and facilitate a Women’s fundraising brunch to start a fund that will support black women and girls in the city of New Orleans.

Born and raised in Maryland, Asha moved to New Orleans in 2014, where she completed high school at International High School of New Orleans and Bard Early College of New Orleans. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Sociology with concentrations in Africana Studies and Education at Bard College in upstate New York. At Bard, she is a co-founder of The Gifted Girls of Columbia (GGC), a dual tutoring and mentoring program for girls in a female correctional facility in upstate New York. In her free time, Asha loves writing, performing spoken word poetry, and traveling the world.