April 2020 David Blancas

2020 Surge Chicago Fellow, David Blancas has accepted the role of Program Manager for the City of Aurora Financial Empowerment Center at The Neighbor Project.

April 2020 Kyra Mungia

March 2020

2019 Surge Oakland Alum, Kyra Mungia, has been promoted to Deputy Director of Education with the Office of the Mayor, City of Oakland. In addition, she has been accepted into the prestigious Emerge program for training democratic women to run for office.

March 2020 Terrence Pruitt and Steven Rosado

March 2020

2019 Surge Chicago Alumni Terrence Pruitt and Steven Rosado are collaborating together to facilitate the “Communities of Praxis” gatherings, a virtual space to process, collaborate and radically re-imagine the future of the work of, including but not limited to, educators, counselors, health care workers, youth development workers, and community based organizers.

March 2020 JuDonne Hemingway

JuDonne Hemingway, 2019 Surge Chicago Alum was featured in a Teach for America online article titled, “Women Empowering Women: Inspirations and Resources from Seasoned Female Leaders.”

Recruitment for the 2021 Surge Oakland Fellowship begins

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

As the Surge movement enters its fifth year and we continue to elevate and connect with our 2020 Surge Oakland Fellows, we are excited to announce the beginning of recruitment for our 2021 Surge Oakland Fellowship cohort! 

In the current education climate, there still exists a need for equitable shifts in order to mold a better future for our communities of color. The Surge Institute addresses this need by uniting, elevating, and empowering leaders of color in the education and youth-serving space through the transformational experience that is the Surge Fellowship. It is an experience that brings together emerging African-American, Latinx, and AAPI leaders so that they can realize systemic change that leads to equitable educational outcomes for today’s young people.

Surge Alumni also continue to take on positions of greater leadership and have a multigenerational impact across the education landscape, and they each passionately share how their Surge Fellowship experience has helped them tap into their full potential. Our 2020 Oakland Fellow Gabriel Sanchez said it well:

“I see the Surge Fellowship as a mechanism for change that has no definite limits in terms of its sphere of influence, but as a manifestation of the legacies of our ancestors – a movement that combines force and cariño (care) to not only develop the academic but cultivate the human from within. I envision the Surge Fellowship as a sanctuary for people of color to reclaim their identity, heal, indigenize schools, challenge white supremacy, decolonize systems, and empower disenfranchised communities.” 

The Surge Fellowship is unlike any other leadership program experience. We focus on the head, heart, and soul of our leaders and emphasize the importance of collective impact, all while dreaming big for racial justice and equity for youth, families, and communities of color.

We encourage all educational leaders in the Bay Area who are interested in joining this movement to attend any of our recruitment events listed below.

This movement is real, it is transformative, and now is the time to join.


Check back HERE to see updates and logistics for all Oakland recruitment events


“Healing & Power in the Matrix” Leaders of Color in Education

Thursday, March 26th

We invite you to join the Surge Community for an evening dedicated to the practice of self-care. We will engage in fellowship, guided meditation, personal reflection and candid conversations for healing and recovering our power as leaders of color in education.


Latinx Leaders in Education Mixer

Tuesday, April 14th

Come connect with Bay Area Latinx leaders in education and learn more about the Surge Fellowship and our growing movement in education.

“Is the Surge Fellowship right for you?” Live Informational Webinar

Monday, May 4th

Interested in becoming a Surge Fellow? Register for a live webinar to learn more about the application process for our 2021 Surge Oakland Fellowship.

Surge Community Happy Hour

Monday, May 11th

Save the date for an opportunity to be learn more about the Surge Fellowship from the perspective of Surge Oakland Alumni as well as current Fellows.

March 2020 Adelric McCain

Adelric McCain, 2018 Surge Chicago Alum was selected for the Leadership Award by the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools (SF-CESS) for his work as well as that of Network for College Success at the University of Chicago in demonstrating equity-centered leadership for transforming our schools.

March 2020 Grisel Maldonado and Ernesto Saldivar, Jr

February 2020

Grisel Maldonado, 2015 Surge Chicago Alum, and Ernesto Saldivar, Jr., 2019 Surge Chicago Alum were selected as part of Negocios Now’s list of Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.

Introducing the Surge Academy | Indianapolis

It has been a blessing to watch the Surge movement grow and evolve since our humble beginning back in 2015, and we are honored to continue to serve and collaborate with the communities and leaders of Chicago, Oakland, and Kansas City. Of course, as a National movement, we are committed to continued growth and impact in our mission to elevate and empower leaders of color across the country. 

In a sentiment left to us by the brilliant Maya Angelou, like air, our people and this movement will continue to rise

Without further ado, Surge is excited to officially announce the Surge Institute is expanding the Surge Academy to Indianapolis, Indiana! The Surge Academy develops, elevates, and unites emerging leaders of color as they further transform the education landscape in their communities. Since its beginning in 2019, the Surge Academy has worked with 28 African-American and Latinx leaders within Kansas City, and we are excited to continue the growth of this work into Indianapolis in partnership with The Mind Trust, an education-focused nonprofit organization. You can visit our Surge Academy webpage to learn more.

In addition, if you know of a leader who you think would benefit from learning more or applying to the Surge Academy in Indianapolis, please refer that leader through this form.

For updates and new developments on the Surge Academy, follow our newly launched Twitter and Instagram profiles, as well as the Surge Institute on Facebook and LinkedIn. It truly is an exciting time to be a part of this growing movement. Thank you for your continued love and support!