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