From day one, Surge tore down silos. We connected people and organizations that may not otherwise sit at the same table. This happened because of the connections the Surge experience sparked. This convening serves a much bigger table with many more seats to bring together some of the greatest emerging minds and hearts in education.
When we began in 2015 we had one mission in mind: To educate and develop leaders of color who create transformative change for young people, their families, and our broader communities. Since then, we have grown exponentially and seek to continue to strengthen our community. It is thanks to the mission and this ongoing journey that we are so excited about our impact, and even more excited to continue to #FuelTheSurge at the 2023 Alumni Convening.
Let’s do it. Let’s #FuelTheSurge!
The objectives of the 2023 Surge Alumni Convening are to:
Deepen Connection across national and local networks, binding our alums tighter as a collective of changemakers!
Amplify Talent – of our alums, for our alums in order to grow our knowledge and share our expertise.
Collectively Reimagine our Responsibility to Surge and to our youth, our communities and to our cities.
#FuelTheSurge and examine and identify what it takes to influence change, and move mountains!
March 29th – March 31st, 2023
JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Wednesday, March 29th | 5:00 pm CT – 8:00 pm CT
Thursday, March 30th | 8:00 am CT – 8:00 pm CT
Friday, March 31st | 8:00 am CT – 1:00 pm CT
The JW Marriott New Orleans is where we will #FuelTheSurge at our 2023 Alumni Convening. Set in the historic French Quarter, this redesigned hotel in New Orleans offers easy access to area attractions, including Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, the House of Blues, and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Guests have the option to add a 2-night stay at the JW Marriott upon registering.
Registration Fee Information
Your registration fee helps offset a small portion of the costs we incur to make the biennial convening possible. We are all aware and have in many ways been impacted by the rising costs of hotel accommodations, labor, food, beverages, and energy which impact our everyday lives. As a result, we have implemented a small registration fee that covers a small portion of the full cost for each attendee. In alignment with our mission and values, the registration fees we collect will be used to support BIPOC business owners throughout NOLA that we will partner with to make the convening a success and to ensure that we reinvest in New Orleans.
Surge is committed to making the convening accessible to all alumni and we are offering a small number of scholarships (see below) and subsidizing nearly 90% of the convening cost for alumni.
We are happy to provide a small number of scholarships to alumni attending the convening on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships cover the 2-night hotel stay only. If awarded a scholarship, Surge will secure your hotel reservation on your behalf and provide you with your confirmation number. Scholarship recipients must be registered to attend the convening prior to finalizing their scholarship and must do so within the timeline provided.
We are currently accepting proposals for presenters for our 2023 Alumni Convening! Our goal is that these sessions will be facilitated by our very own Surge community as we want to use this opportunity as a platform to elevate your work while simultaneously sharing your expertise with others.
Each proposal will be carefully considered and discussed with a committee of reviewers, and sessions will be selected according to several criteria, specifically with an eye toward creating a robust, diverse agenda that will appeal to the range of participants who will be in attendance. Upon approval of your proposal, you will be paired with a planning committee member to be a thought partner in preparation for and execution of your workshop and to discuss benefits that we will offer as a token of our appreciation for your time and service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Meet your 2023 Alumni Convening Steering Committee
Andrea Black Evans
Executive Director, Surge Academy
Anthony J. Watson
Tarashaun R. Cain
Executive Director, Black Principals Network
Chief Program Officer
Director of National Programs