Ada Gomero is a Learning Officer at the MacArthur Foundation.

“When I see and hear the Surge movement, I see a coalescence of strong relationships, brilliant people, and an unbending will to make a positive change for impact on students’ lives. These relationships, manifested in a sense of community, is what leads me to apply for the Surge Fellowship. Even at the smallest unit, one person, making change happen takes a strong community willing to look within, fight, and take risks. When we all acknowledge the assets we bring and the limitations we have, we can authentically lean on each other to make our service better for
African-American and Latinx students.”