Surge Alumni Convening Unites Five Cohorts of Education Leaders of Color

#UniteTheSurge

That was the goal. That was the dream. That was the directive. And we did it!

The Surge Alumni Convening was the inaugural annual gathering for Surge Alumni to bring our community together in our efforts toward continued learning, best practices and access to education leaders of color. Five cohorts of Surge Fellowship Alumni united in power, love, determination, and genius, truly representing what this movement is all about: bringing our people together so that we can transform the world for our youth and communities.

We chose the word convening over conference, because his wasn’t a “sit and get” experience where folks expected to be presented to but rather a space for co-creation. We chose to focus on alumni specifically because this is an ongoing experience that could never have ended upon completing the fellowship experience. We chose the word inaugural because this is the first of many.

And what a first it was!

Surge Alums from all over the country led breakout sessions tackling a myriad of needs and spaces, from moving beyond trauma to racial equity to entrepreneurship. This is truly a growing body of thought leaders, ready to unite and transform what education looks like, and that has never been more evident than it was in NOLA!

Attendees heard from Jose Antonio Vargas about his personal journey as an “out” undocumented immigrant as well as the movement he is building with Define American. An esteemed local panel of powerful and brilliant leaders of color shared about the challenges of education in New Orleans and beyond. New Orleans artist Brandan “BMike” Odums took group on his leadership journey as an artist, activist and provocateur at his incredible warehouse turned art installation Studio Be. Chief Executive Officer at the Vocati Group and Surge Faculty member Dr. Nicholas Pearce gave honest answers on what it means to live in one’s purpose.

The inaugural convening was truly a converging of strength and brilliance, the likes of which the Surge movement has never seen, and we are eager to unite our alumni community again as we continue to grow in numbers, impact and connection.

The narrative has not been rewritten yet. But we’re off to a great start.

Surge Founder & President on MIB’s List of Chicago Black Women of Impact

Carmita Semaan was recently featured on Make it Better Magazine’s list showcasing 38 of Chicago’s TOP Black Women of Impact for 2019. In honor of Black History Month, each woman was asked to talk about the women who have inspired them the most in their lives. The list features leaders who work in fields such as education, politics, and business.

MIB strives to be a community resource that helps others make their life and the lives of others better — online, in print and in person. MIB accomplishes this by providing high-quality lifestyle content and connecting others to the businesses and nonprofits they support.

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Surge Alumni Make Negocios Now 2018 40 Under 40 List

Two alumni of the Surge Fellowship were recently awarded as recipients for the Negocios Now 2018 Latinos 40 Under 40 List. Paul Morgan (2018 Surge Alumnus) and LeShonne Segura (2015 Surge Alumna) were selected after an over four-month nominations period and record participation with more than 120 nominations.

The list features 40 young Latinx leaders in the Chicago area who work in fields such as education, fashion, and business, just to name a few. Negocios Now is a national award-winning publication and launched the 40 Under 40 list in 2016.

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