Meet Our Fellows

PlacementRepresentative Shontel Brown

Fellowship Presented By

Tashia Roberson-Wing

Social Justice Fellow

Tashia Roberson-Wing graduated from Indiana University, majoring in Human Development and Family studies. She recently received a Master’s of Social Work and Master’s of Public Administration from The Ohio State University. While completing her studies, Tashia served as a policy and community outreach intern with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. She formerly served as a Project Coordinator for the Center for Native Child and Family Resilience and the Child Welfare Review Project at JBS International Inc. Tashia interned for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program, where she served in the office of U.S. Congressman Todd Rokita (IN-R). She also interned with U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass (CA-D).

Tashia is dedicated to combating racial disparities in child welfare. She firmly believes that policy is a blueprint for change, and by incorporating social work values into the policy-making process, we can achieve accessible social justice policies. She started her foster care advocacy eight years ago, volunteering with organizations such as Indiana Youth Advisory Board, Foster Club, and Casey Family Programs. In addition, Tashia served as a 2020 and 2021 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Foster Youth Intern. Through CCAI, she authored two policy proposals titled Black Girls Need Protection Too: Cultivating Data to Address the Adultification of Black Girls in Foster Care and Improving Postsecondary Success for Foster Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. Her CCAI experience also allowed her to intern in the United States Senate Committee on Finance under Chairman Ron Wyden.

She is the founder and co-host of the Diaries of a Black Girl in Foster Care Podcast (DBGFC). The DBGFC Podcast brings awareness and challenges the status- quo through addressing current cultural issues, disparities, and stereotypes that aid in poor outcomes for Black girls who have experienced child-serving systems. Through the podcast, she conducts training with child welfare agencies on authentically engaging Black girls in foster care. Tashia also serves as a Nation Youth in Transition Database Review Team member and was recently more to a support coach role. She is also a Transition-Aged Youth (TAY) Coalition member. TAY works with child welfare experts to design Congressional briefings to provide Members of Congress and congressional staffers with the information necessary to understand the history and ongoing impact of systemic racism on children, youth, and families. In addition, Tashia serves on multiple advisory councils, such as the Family and Community Expert Council with the HOPE Program at the Tufts Children’s Hospital.

Tashia lives by the quote, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” ― Shirley Chisholm