October 2020 Keeanna Warren

2021 Surge Academy Fellow, Keeanna Warren, was recently awarded the Outstanding Educator in STEM award during the 2020 Women & Hi Tech Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala.

The Leading Light awards focused on Indiana women in STEM with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

October 2020 Edgar Palacios

The Latinx Education Collaborative hosted its third annual professional and leadership development conference, Evolución, for Latinx education professionals (and friends) virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020 streaming live from 9 am to 12 pm. The LEC hosted 465 total registrants from across the nation!

October 2020 Savitha Moorthy, Aija Simmons and Sara Rizik-Baer

EmbraceRace recently spoke with Savitha Moorthy and Surge Oakland Alums Aija Simmons and Sara Rizik-Baer to describe Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors, a community-focused effort from Tandem, Partners in Early Learning that uses children’s books as a departure point for expanding the capacity of families with children under 5 to engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Check out the webinar HERE.

October 2020 Tyfahra Singleton

2020 Surge Oakland Alum, Tyfahra Singleton, has been appointed to the Oakland Police Commission. The purpose of the Police Commission is to oversee the Oakland Police Department’s policies, practices, and customs to meet national standards of constitutional policing and to oversee the Community Police Review Agency which investigates police misconduct and recommends discipline.

October 2020 William Collins

2017 Surge Chicago Alum and VP of Development & External Affairs, Will Collins, served as moderator for The Chicago Urban League‘s October 13 Fireside Chat with Michael Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer of the Obama Foundation.

October 2020 Ajia Morris

“For me, it’s an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is and say, ‘Hey, I truly care about my friends on the east side and this is how I’m going to pay it forward.”

2020 Surge Alum and Co-Founder & CEO of The Greenline Initiative, Ajia Morris, recently spoke on the work of Give Black KC, a coalition of three Black led organizations (The Greenline Initiative, Urban League of Greater Kansas City and GIFT) focused on advancing the quality of life for the African American community in Kansas City. Support the coalition at: www.giveblackkc.org

October 2020 Lilly Cruz

“I grew up thinking that I was inferior, that we were less and here are these intrepid, brilliant revolutionaries who thought differently and did incredible things. There’s a fire that needs to be there to do revolutionary work. Like you need to care enough and get fired up enough.”

As part of El Griot & Areito Project, 2020 Surge Chicago Alum Lilly Cruz recently sat down with Johanna Fernández, author of The Young Lords: A Radical History, to reflect on her personal “why” for doing social justice work. Check out the full interview HERE.