The MentorSpaces Team is thrilled to introduce Sasha Banks as the team’s new Community Manager. To introduce Sasha to the MentorSpaces audience we asked her a few questions about her new role, past experiences, and what she likes to do with her time away from her desk.
Why did you choose to join the Mentor Spaces Team?
I chose to join the Mentor Spaces Team because I care deeply about Black and Latinx people, and want to contribute to making them feel seen, cared for, welcome, and empowered.
What makes you excited about your upcoming role and working with Mentor Spaces customers?
Being able to strategize ways to create and deepen community relationships with young adults is something that’s always been a part of my work, prior to Mentor Spaces, and as such, I’m excited to be able to continue to do that work in this role with Mentor Spaces.
Prior to Mentor Spaces, what were you doing? How can that help you in your current position?
Before Mentor Spaces, I focused on writing and activism, working as a freelance workshop facilitator for college campuses, high schools, and different literary spaces and organizations. I think what I’ll be able to pull from that experience is my ability to engage with students, talk with Mentors, and help facilitate meaningful bonds and an atmosphere of trust and safety between both groups.
What is one experience in your career that has helped shape who you are?
My family is a military family–I’ve moved and relocated over 13 times in my life; what that affords me is the ability to talk to just about anyone, but also the ability to understand and consider the points of view of others. I like to think that my world view is wider and more vast for it, and that’s something I pride myself on.
Where can we find you on the weekends?
On the weekends (prior to covid), I could be in my car driving to another city to perform or teach. Other times, I might be home writing or binging Twin Peaks for the 388th time.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time creating, teaching, or cooking lol.