Spring is almost in the air and Surge continues to thrive – growing in size and prominence! Most importantly, we continue our efforts to elevate the voices and great works of emerging leaders who are positively impacting the lives of young people. We’ve been honored with great opportunities to bring new and diverse voices to the national conversation about education reform and diversity and inclusion in leadership. I kicked off our new partnership with EducationPost with my very first blog
, "The Stories We Miss by Having Too Few Leaders of Color at the Table." Be on the lookout for additional EducationPost
blog contributions from our Surge Fellows and Alumni!
I am also proud to announce a feature in our first national news outlet, the Black Enterprise
Women of Power issue, which hit newsstands this month. The article highlights the stories of two Surge Alums and articulates the necessity of preparing and elevating voices that mirror those of our young people and communities.
I remain humbled by the opportunity to lead this movement and am energized to Surge on as we expand our impact!
~Carmita Vaughan, Founder and President
Summit Scholarship Awardees
Given our mission to provide continued access and support to emerging leaders of color, we are also proud to announce the scholarship opportunity for Surge Fellows to attend the invite-only NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in May. Awardees are Alumni Melissa Connelly, Angela Brizant Layne, Ana Martinez, LeShonne Segura and 2016 Fellows Nicole Beechum, Michelle Bess, Chris Goins, Erica Hines, Ariel Johnson, Khadeejah Lasuc-Lewis, Nche Onyema, Marilyn Rhames, and TaMikka Sykes.
A special thanks to ASU/GSV, NSVF and our committed donors for their continued support of the work we do!
Second Cohort Approaches Midpoint
Surge Fellows completed Session 4 at Marwen, which educates and inspires under-served young people through the visual arts. Liz Dozier, Former Principal of Christian Fenger HS, addressed the group with "Lessons from the Ground" and Surge Alum, Melissa Connelly conducted Part I of the Race and Equity in Education Seminar. The day concluded with an Alumni and Cohort 2 social hour for continued fellowship and networking.
TFA 25th Anniversary Summit
Erica Harris and several Surge alums and current Fellows were among the 15,000 alumni attendees at Teach for America's 25th anniversary celebration in February. It was an inspiring opportunity for alums to recommit to the vision that drew them together at the start. "It was inspiring to participate in TFA's landmark celebration and think about the impact Surge will have had a quarter-century from now," said Harris.