March 2022 Claudia Montes Salinas

Claudia Montes Salinas (IND’22) has begun her new role with Indiana University Health as the Mosaic Center Special Projects Manager.

The Mosaic Center for Work, Life and Learning is a workforce development initiative that will support Indianapolis youth and adults as they navigate a path to and across healthcare careers, clinical and nonclinical as well as other careers. A new employer-driven and community-based program, the Mosaic Center will provide individualized coaching and mentoring designed to prepare people for and provide access to “promising” and “good” job pathways in healthcare with self-sustaining wages.

March 2022 Dr. Brian Dinkins

After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from students/faculty/staff/alumni, Dr. Brian Dinkins (IND’22) will join the Butler University College of Education faculty as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Director of Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP).

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February 2022 TaraShaun Cain

TaraShaun Cain (CHI’20) has joined the Surge Leadership team as Executive Director of the Black Principals Network.

The Black Principals Network was incubated and funded by Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, which invests in building a diverse educator workforce as part of its broader efforts to ensure all students are able to access a high-quality, culturally relevant K12 education that empowers them to achieve social and economic liberation.

Surge Institute and Black Principals Network Join Together to Further Community Building and Growth Among Black Principals

February 2022 Tiara Wheatley

Tiara Wheatley (CHI’20) has accepted the role of Vice President, Alumni Impact at the Surge Institute.

In her new role, Tiara will be responsible for developing the strategy and ensuring successful execution and measurement of Surge Alumni programming. Furthermore, this role is aligned with the second pillar of the Surge Ahead, the organization’s three-year Strategic Plan.

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Surge Welcomes new Vice President of Alumni Impact

February 2022 Lateshia Woodley

Dr. Lateshia Woodley (KC’20) was featured in EdWeek’s 2022 Leaders to Learn From. The honorees are innovative district leaders who have showed resiliency and fortitude as they found ways to support students and families during a year of continued disruption. Lateshia was recognized for Leadership in Whole-Child Supports.

Learn more about Lateshia’s work as featured in EdWeek here.

February 2022 India Johnson

The local Indianapolis news recently covered Thrival Indy’s hypnotherapy services and the impact that this focus on mental health has had on our school culture. India Johnson currently serves as the school’s Executive Director.

Read the full story here.

Surge welcomes the newest class of Surge Fellows in Indianapolis

Surge Institute Announces Virtual Summit in Service to Black Male Educators across the United States