May 2021 AJ DeLeón

Innovare – Social Innovation Partners, founded by AJ DeLeón (CHI’15) through his Surge Fellowship Capstone project, has become a Google for Education Partner. Google for Education is a service that provides education-focused tools for educators, school leaders and students.

May 2021 Denmark Diaz

Denmark Diaz (OAK’21) has received an award entitled: The Giraffe (Sticking Your Neck Out for Social Justice) Award from SF State University at the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM) Staff Recognition Awards on May 6th, 2021.

The Award recognizes outstanding commitment to social justice. Nominees have gone far above and beyond their professional responsibilities to help someone in significant need and have made a difference in helping the campus community or the greater global community overcome a challenge. See here for more details.

May 2021

As a collaboration between the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion and Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW), a new Men of Color (MoC) program aims to focus on the academic, social and personal development of San Francisco State University students who are men of color.

We’d like to honor and highlight the work of Denmark Diaz (OAK’21) in actualizing this initiative. ​Learn more about the program by reading this article.

May 2021 India Wells-Carter

India Wells-Carter (KC’19) has brought to life her new venture, Fresh Factory KC, a selfie experience inspired by the art and people of Kansas City. Learn more about this next chapter for her in this segment from Startland News.

May 2021 Ana Martinez Shropshire

Ana Martinez Shropshire (CHI’15) has joined Surge’s National Board of Directors. Read the full story here.

May 2021 Susana Elizarraraz

Susana Elizarraraz (KC’20) has transitioned as VP of Educator Supports at the Latinx Education Collaborative. In this new role, Susana will help to build LEC’s collective voice and amplify the voices of other Latinx educators nationwide.

May 2021 Jordan Owens

Originating from her Surge Fellowship capstone project, Jordan Owens (CHI’19), recently introduced Msaada, an organization that supports the education, empowerment, access, and equity for parents and students within the special education process.

Msaada means “help” or “support” in Swahili, and Jordan shares more in this on-demand video on strategies for effective parent and student support and engagement by schools/districts in special education evaluation and service provision.

May 2021 Cescily Phillips

In a recent Kansas City Spotlight segment, KC STEM Alliance featured Inspired Aesthetics’ recent event, #RemakeDaysKCCHALK. The project came to life from Surge Alum and Founder/ED of Inspired Aesthetics, Cescily Phillips’ Freedom Dreams Project. Watch the full segment here and visit to learn more.

May 2021 India Johnson

May 2021

India Johnson (INDY’21) was featured on the May/June 2021 issue of Huami Magazine, an African American Community focused publication that serves several U.S. states.

The issue will be available at

May 2021 Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare

Last October 2020, Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare (OAK’18) brought her Surge Fellowship capstone to life. She launched her organization’s 1st Youth Advisory Board and ushered in the next phase of health equity in my organization by centering high school student voices in our work, while focusing on their individual growth (professional development, networking with their peers, and providing a work opportunity).

“We launched in our Bay Area and Los Angeles communities. As we wrap our 1st year with this amazing group of students, we’re celebrating all their accomplishments – including co-designing our strategic plan! We have plans to double the size and our investment of our youth advisory board next fiscal year by scaling to new communities across the country and are being led by their brilliance!”