Learning to Lead Through Knowledge and Radical Bay Love

This year’s recruitment events will give potential fellows the opportunity to experience Surge’s critical objectives through Oakland Surge Fellows who are from the Bay, currently serve in the Bay and are leaders in various fields.

April 7, 2021 – 5:30pm-7:15pm PDT
What’s Love Got to Do With It?:
The Journey to Liberation for POC in Education & Youth-Serving Roles

April 16, 2021 – 5:30pm-7:15pm PDT
How do Hate Crimes Against AAPI Folx in Oakland Impact Me as a POC?:
A Conversation on the Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in the Bay

April 30, 2021 – 5:30pm-7:15pm PDT
Indigenous, Black, Latinx, AAPI Unity: Cross-Racial Coalition Building in the Bay Area and Beyond

May 11, 2021 – 5:30pm-7:15pm PDT
Healing in the Service of Leading: A Guide for Bay Area Educators and Youth-Serving Leaders

May 19, 2021 – 5:30pm-7:15pm PDT
Honoring Men of Color and Celebrating Malcolm X:
A Space for Men & Diversity of Masculinities of Color in the Bay Area

May 24, 2021 – 5:30pm-7:15pm PDT

Stories of Surge Oakland Fellows:
What is it Like to be a Surge Oakland Fellow?

June 9, 2021 – 5:30pm-7:15pm PDT
Envisioning our Liberated Future:
How Do We Continue to Live Out Our Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams?

Disclaimer: Our intended audience for our virtual gatherings are African-American, Latinx, and Asian Pacific Islander leaders in the Bay Area education and youth-serving space.


Office hours are available to support applicants through the application process and to answer any questions related to the Fellowship program and Surge Institute. Choose to meet with a variety of Surge Oakland Community members including:

*Oakland Executive Director, Michelle Seijas, Ed.D.
*Oakland Program Director, Yvonne Rodriguez, Ph.D.
*2020 Surge Alum, Roxanne Rose
*2019 Surge Alum, Jayo Macasaquit
*2018 Surge Alum, Randy Seriguchi, Jr.


May 14, 2021
2022 Surge Oakland Fellowship Applications Open

June 20, 2021
2022 Surge Oakland Fellowship Application Deadline

July 2, 2021
Fellowship Selection Day Invitations Distributed

July 27 – July 29, 2021
2022 Cohort Virtual Selection Day(s)

August 18, 2021
2022 Oakland Cohort Announcement

September 1, 2021
2022 Oakland Fellow Supervisors Breakfast

September 2, 2021
2022 Oakland Welcome Mixer


Fellows leave the program having developed an understanding of competency in organizational management, relationship management, strategic planning and problem-solving, navigating complex environments, and expertise in the history and structure of public education. Each fellow will have demonstrated an ability to achieve and lead better, learning how to have a tremendous impact on the broad landscape of leadership and education.

At this time, all 2022 Oakland Fellowship sessions are expected to be held in person. We will continue to follow all federal, state, and local government policies, in addition to following the wisdom of the community, regarding social distancing. Virtual accommodations will be considered if necessary. Our priority is the well-being and safety of our people and community. 

Opening Retreat:
October 7-9, 2021

Session 2:
November 12, 2021

Session 3:
December 10, 2021

Session 4:
January 14, 2022

Session 5:
February 11-12, 2022
(overnight stay)

Session 6:
March 11, 2022

Session 7:
April 8, 2022

Session 8:
May 13, 2022

Session 9:
June 10, 2022

Session 10 & Graduation Retreat: 
July 8-9, 2022

Surge Innovates Through…

IDENTIFICATION. Identifying promising leaders already active within the education sector—instead of focusing on attracting talent from other fields—thus ensuring impressive ROI

TRAINING. Adapting leadership development best practices—full-spectrum support of a carefully selected cohort—to nurture bold leaders committed to building social and racial justice

CHAMPIONING. Providing executive skills training and critical coaching support to high-potential leaders who rarely have access to accelerated learning opportunities

Oakland Surge Fellows are…

CONNECTED. African-American, Latinx or Asian/Pacific Islander emerging leaders working in systems of schools, public policy, education philanthropy and advocacy organizations

ELITE. Proven high-potential trailblazers with track records of professional success

EXPERIENCED. Minimum if six years of relevant working experience and at least a bachelor’s degree.

PASSIONATE. Serving high-need communities, preferably with connections to these communities.


  • Bay-Area based African-American, Latinx or Asian/Pacific Islander leader between the ages of 28 to 40
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
  • Minimum of six years of work experience
  • Employed in education or youth-serving role (district, charter, public policy, philanthropy or advocacy/non profit) at the initiation of and for the duration of the fellowship
  • Passion for positively impacting the lives of young people and their communities


Sponsoring organizations are expected to pay a tuition of $5,000 per fellow for the program. Limited scholarships are available for accepted candidates with financial needs.


  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from current organization
  • Résumé
  • Completed responses to essay questions
  • Completed memorandum of understanding
  • Ability to attend all sessions and participate for the duration of the program

If you have specific questions, contact Surge at