The Surge family thanks all of our institutional funders and individual donors for helping to keep this movement alive and strong.
“The outstanding quality of all of the applicants makes the selection process challenging. Surge is very fortunate to have cohorts that represent some of the best up and coming minds on education in Chicago.”
– Sarah Duncan, Co-Director, The University of Chicago Network for College Success
“The Surge Fellowship’s innovative approach has made it distinctive in its quest to equip high-capacity diverse leaders with the skills, networks and support necessary to transform public education for our nation’s most underserved students.”
–Jim Shelton President of Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
“Surge is a missing piece that complements today’s landscape of leadership development programs. Surge has a laser focus on underrepresented leaders of color in education, creates authentic space for grappling with the unique challenges they face, and provides comprehensive support to prepare them for the most impactful leadership roles. We are pleased to support Surge, and look forward to the program’s success.”
– Allan C. Golston President of the U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Surge prepares and supports new leaders that come from minority and underserved communities and return to these communities, which provides significantly higher levels of authenticity. This will accelerate impact and unlock opportunities: opportunities that lead to jobs, home ownership and positive economic impact where it matters most.”
—Nneka Rimmer, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Development, McCormick & Co.