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The Surge Academy is the newest signature program of the Surge Institute. In service of our mission, the Academy explores an innovative and far-reaching approach to transforming urban education for our youth and communities

As a traveling national program that we bring to small and mid-sized cities all over the country, the Surge Academy spends six months developing, elevating and uniting emerging education leaders of color in a given location so that they, as a coalition, can go on to build movements that influence, innovate and transform the education space with their own communities. With each city we go to, the Academy provides an intensive fellowship experience, packed with powerful content that explores executive skills like finance, strategic planning and change management, while having a deep and unflinching dialogue about personal growth, trauma and the true state of diversity, equity and inclusion in America


Virtual #SurgeCircleChat
with the Founder and President of the Surge Institute Carmita Semaan
April 14, 2020
5pm-6pm EST / 4pm-5pm CST

Virtual #SurgeCircleChat
with the Founder and President of the Surge Institute Carmita Semaan
April 24, 2020
11am-12pm EDT / 10am-11am CDT
Watch the Live Recording

Surge Across the Nation
Virtual Panel Discussion with Surge Alumni
May 13, 2020
5:00pm-6:30pm EDT

Surge Academy Informational Webinar
May 28, 2020
5:00 PM EDT
Register Here

Facebook LIVE Event
Real Talk with Surge Alumni
June 17, 2020
7:00 PM EDT
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Office hours are available to support applicants through the application process and to answer any questions related to the Academy program and Surge Institute

June 4, 2020 – 4pm-5pm EDT
June 11, 2020 – 4pm-5pm EDT
June 18, 2020 – 4pm-5pm EDT
June 25, 2020 – 4pm-5pm EDT
July 2, 2020 – 4pm-5pm EDT
July 9, 2020- 4pm-5pm EDT
July 16, 2020 – 4pm-5pm EDT

Select Office Hour Date(s) Here


Cohort Onboarding and Orientation
September 18, 2020

Opening Retreat
October 22-24, 2020

Session 2
November 20, 2020

Session 3
January 15, 2021

Session 4
February 12, 2021

Closing Retreat and Graduation Luncheon
March 25-27, 2021

How it Began

The Academy began as a pilot in Kansas City, bringing together a cohort of 11 African-American and Latinx emerging leaders to explore how to transform education in KC to best serve all youth and communities. That cohort remains united long after the end of their fellowship experience, working together to not only speak truth to power but to bring power to truth.

Hear from 2019 Kansas City Alumni Charles King, Edgar Palacios and Selina Rios talk about the value of the Academy experience.

The Ongoing Journey

The end of the Academy experience is only the beginning of the Surge journey. Upon graduating the Academy, fellows join a national network of Surge Alumni bolstering a sprawling movement of rising education leaders of color, from Oakland to Chicago to Washington D.C. and beyond, united in the purpose of a greater future.

What Our Alums Are Saying

“Surge has helped me to understand more deeply that my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Selina Rios
2019 Academy Alum
Learning & Evaluation Director
City Year Kansas City

“I began this journey believing the Surge experience would provide the keys to navigating oppressive systems as a Black man; what really happened is that we all received both the tools and permission to break the system.”

Eric Wilkinson
2019 Academy Alum
Director of Operations
Kauffman Scholars

“Surge empowered me to be bold in my thinking and my actions. And to continue to be an outspoken champion of the Latinx community.
Simply transformational.”

Edgar Palacios
2019 Academy Alum
Latinx Education Collaborative

Join The Movement

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