The Surge Community Grows with #LeadTheSurge in Oakland and Chicago!

 

Surge hosted an annual #LeadTheSurge reception in Oakland and Chicago. At the event, education leaders, organizational partners, and emerging change-makers come together to celebrate the work of the Surge movement. It is also a time when we acknowledge the next cohort of folks who will embark on this transformational journey with other Fellows who will ultimately become like family.

#LeadTheSurge in Oakland

On June 6th, 2019, the Surge community gathered for #LeadTheSurge in Oakland, CA at the beautiful Port Workspaces venue in support of expanding the reach of leaders of color in the education space. Surge Oakland Executive Director, Michelle Seijas, kicked off the evening by welcoming guests and sharing her Surge story around the theme, your identity is not your obstacle, it is your superpower. Afterward, guests learned about the journeys of 2018 Alumna, Joanna Vazquez-Zelaya, and 2019 Fellow, Paul Fields, within their work of supporting youth in Oakland and the Bay Area. Our friends from the National Equity Project, Victor Cary and Lisa Lasky, also joined us and led a moving group dialogue on the importance and necessity of leaders of color in education. Program Director for Surge Oakland, Yvonne Rodrguez along with Michelle Siejas then opened the space up for community building as well as time for prospective Fellows to learn more about the Fellowship experience firsthand.

#LeadTheSurge in Chicago

Fast forward to June 13th, our Surge community gathered for #LeadTheSurge at The Lakewood in Chicago, IL, continuing the momentum of this empowering national movement! Surge Chicago Program Director, Cecily Relucio Hensler, started the evening by introducing the audience to what the Surge Institute is all about: changing the face of education leadership for our children and communities. Guests were then treated to the honest, heartfelt journey of 2019 Fellow, Everett Daily, and why he believes Surge to be a space for healing. Later, we learned about 2018 Alumna, Maraliz Salgado, and her journey after completing the Surge Fellowship and the change she was able to experience first hand and with her work community. Executive Director for Surge Chicago, Tamara Prather, concluded the evening by asking prospective fellow interested in applying for the Surge Fellowship – to do so – as it will be a decision that will bring out hidden, dormant energy that will help in the fight for educational equity.

We encourage anyone interested in being a part of the Surge Fellowship or learning more about the National movement to visit our website, follow us on social media, and reach out with any questions! If there is a part of you that has been looking for a space of support, transformation, and healing for leaders of color, this is that space. Now is your time to join this movement! #LeadTheSurge

 

 

Inaugural Surge Academy Fellows Graduate in Kansas City!

The Surge Institute reaches another milestone in the history of our movement in education as we welcome the first ever graduates from the Surge Academy in Kansas City!

On June 1st, 2019, we celebrated the 2019 Surge Academy Fellows, as they were welcomed into the Surge Alumni community at the Guadalupe Centers in Kansas City, MO. Sly James, Mayor for the city of Kansas City, provided the keynote remarks, while 2019 Surge Academy Fellow and Postsecondary Retention Specialist for Kauffman Scholars, Yolanda Waldon, followed with some words regarding UNITY.

Providing some concluding thoughts for those in attendance was Surge Academy Program Director, Noemí Cortés, who thanked the now Surge Alumni as well as pushed the graduates to continue giving back to this movement to bring change to education for our children.

The ceremony represented a major shift in the Surge narrative as we continue to address the scarcity of leadership development programs for education leaders of color in all types of cities across the United States.

 

Click HERE to view photos from graduation!

 

See the full list of 2019 Surge Academy Graduates below:

Katie Boody, Chief Executive Officer, LEANLAB Education

Jennifer Collier, Chief Human Resources Officer, Kansas City Public Schools

Trinity Davis, Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas City Public Schools

Charles King, Executive Director, Kansas City Teacher Residency

Edgar Palacios, Founder, Latinx Education Collaborative

Selena Rios, Learning and Evaluation Director, City Year Kansas City

Miles Sandler, Director of Engagement – Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Brittany Stewart, Business Manager, Crossroads Charter Schools

Yolanda Waldon, Postsecondary Retention Specialist, Kauffman Scholars

India Wells-Carter, Program Manager, The New Teacher Project

Erik Wilkinson, Director of Operations, Kauffman Scholars