Entries by Chris Paicely

Surge Fellowship Alumnus Joins Leadership Team

The Surge Institute is proud to announce that 2017 Surge Fellowship Alumnus William J. Collins has joined our leadership team as Vice President of Development and External Affairs. In this role, William will serve the Surge mission by leading our fundraising and partnership-building strategies, overseeing a team focused on securing the future sustainability and growth […]

2018 Surge Fellows Graduate!

The Surge Institute reaches a powerful milestone in the history of our movement as thirty-five 2018 Surge Fellows across two cities graduate! On August 18, 2018, we celebrated the Ascendants, our 2018 Chicago Surge Fellows, as they matriculated to alumni in a beautiful ceremony at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois. Chicago Public Schools […]

Featured Fellow: Randal Seriguchi Jr. on Believing in our Children

Randal Seriguchi Jr. is a 2018 Surge Fellow (Oakland). He also wants to compete with the school-to-prison pipeline and believes that every child can learn at high levels when given the right tools, adult leadership, and environment to thrive. Randy’s Work As the Executive Director of Urban Ed Academy, Randy has created a strong web […]

Chicago Leaders of Color Convene for 2018 #LeadTheSurge Reception

On June 7th, 2018, the Surge community packed Loft Lucia in Chicago for an inspiring night in support of expanding diversity in the city’s education leadership pipeline. Among the guests were prospective Surge Fellows, partner organizations, and a broad community of education leaders connected to the Surge movement. Surge Chicago Executive Director Tamara Prather opened the evening, remarking […]

Bay Area Leaders Connect at Oakland #LeadTheSurge Reception

The 2019 Oakland Surge Fellowship is now accepting applications, and several of the Bay Area’s emerging education leaders of color showed up to our #LeadTheSurge reception at the Oakland Museum of California to learn more about the Surge experience.  Guests heard from Oakland Executive Director Michelle Seijas, who told the story of the Surge movement and […]

Surge Chicago Kicks Off 2019 Recruitment Season

The Surge Fellowship Chicago began recruitment season with a mixer, inviting prospective fellows to connect with the Surge community and learn more about this movement from the people who helped build it. If you are interested in applying for the 2019 Surge Fellowship Chicago, please visit our Become a Fellow page to learn more. You […]

Surge Angels: Turning Vision into Impact

In Surge’s continued mission to elevate the growing network of alumni, we are proud to pull back the curtain on Surge Angels, a Walton Family Foundation-funded pilot program that will allow our more entrepreneurial alumni the opportunity to secure funding, guidance, and support in taking their innovative ventures to the next level. This initiative connects […]

Why Surge says “Latinx”

The pen is mightier than the sword and all that jazz. Words are the key to victory. Assessment and mutual understanding lead to connection. Dialogue leads to treaties. Oversimplified, but you get the idea. In the grand scheme of language, the term “Latinx” is brand new. It is a new iteration of a long and […]