Allissa Impink is the Manager of Community Engagement, K-12 Advocacy at the UNCF (United Negro College Fund).

“The Surge Academy is geared towards equipping and empowering leaders in their journey. I interpret this movement as a way to enable reciprocity amongst leaders of color. I want to be a part of this unified space, as we continue to fight for equity in our city. Leveraging this movement would support me in continuing my focus on community engagement and making major impacts within Indianapolis’ local education environment. My vision of equity is for students of color to enter into classrooms and be represented by models of Black leaders, and leaders of color, that emulate strength and success. I want to continue in my development and realign my goals, by collaborating with others and internalizing feedback. This opportunity will elevate me towards making meaningful impacts that show measurable change here in the city that I love.”