October 2020 Edgar Palacios

The Latinx Education Collaborative hosted its third annual professional and leadership development conference, Evolución, for Latinx education professionals (and friends) virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020 streaming live from 9 am to 12 pm. The LEC hosted 465 total registrants from across the nation!

October 2020 Savitha Moorthy, Aija Simmons and Sara Rizik-Baer

EmbraceRace recently spoke with Savitha Moorthy and Surge Oakland Alums Aija Simmons and Sara Rizik-Baer to describe Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors, a community-focused effort from Tandem, Partners in Early Learning that uses children’s books as a departure point for expanding the capacity of families with children under 5 to engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Check out the webinar HERE.

October 2020 Tyfahra Singleton

2020 Surge Oakland Alum, Tyfahra Singleton, has been appointed to the Oakland Police Commission. The purpose of the Police Commission is to oversee the Oakland Police Department’s policies, practices, and customs to meet national standards of constitutional policing and to oversee the Community Police Review Agency which investigates police misconduct and recommends discipline.

October 2020 William Collins

2017 Surge Chicago Alum and VP of Development & External Affairs, Will Collins, served as moderator for The Chicago Urban League‘s October 13 Fireside Chat with Michael Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer of the Obama Foundation.

October 2020 Ajia Morris

“For me, it’s an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is and say, ‘Hey, I truly care about my friends on the east side and this is how I’m going to pay it forward.”

2020 Surge Alum and Co-Founder & CEO of The Greenline Initiative, Ajia Morris, recently spoke on the work of Give Black KC, a coalition of three Black led organizations (The Greenline Initiative, Urban League of Greater Kansas City and GIFT) focused on advancing the quality of life for the African American community in Kansas City. Support the coalition at: www.giveblackkc.org

October 2020 Lilly Cruz

“I grew up thinking that I was inferior, that we were less and here are these intrepid, brilliant revolutionaries who thought differently and did incredible things. There’s a fire that needs to be there to do revolutionary work. Like you need to care enough and get fired up enough.”

As part of El Griot & Areito Project, 2020 Surge Chicago Alum Lilly Cruz recently sat down with Johanna Fernández, author of The Young Lords: A Radical History, to reflect on her personal “why” for doing social justice work. Check out the full interview HERE.

September 2020 ASU+GSV Summit

For the first time, the ASU+GSV Summit featured an all Surge Institute Alumni panel: Katie Boody (KC19); Melissa Connelly (CHI15); Candace Moore (CHI15); Randal Seriguchi, Jr. (OAK18). The panel was also moderated by Founder & President, Carmita Semaan! Learn more about this Surge milestone HERE.

October 2020 Chanelle Bell

2019 Surge Chicago Alum, Chanelle Bell, has been promoted to Managing Director, Public and Community Affairs at Teach For America Chicago-NWI. In her new role, she will manage a portfolio of public and community relationships; design and implement a government affairs strategy that results in sustainable public funding from Chicago, Northwest Indiana and/or the State of Illinois and the State of Indiana; and develop strategy to support the network of corps members and alumni in understanding and acting on issues of educational excellence and equity in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

September 2020 Charles Cole

Educate78 and Energy Convertors have launched The People’s Literacy Fund, a new pilot program that will award grants between $500 and $5,000 to members of the community who are helping Oakland students learn during distance learning.

The program will provide financial support to individuals from affected communities who have come up with creative solutions to solve Oakland’s literacy crisis, so that all children can read at grade level, stay on track with their education, and reach their full potential.

Learn more at: www.educate78.org/peoples-literacy-fund/

September 2020 DuJuan Smith

2015 Surge Chicago Alum, DuJuan Smith, has been named a 2020 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellow at Illinois State University. Read more about the list of recipients HERE.