Amaya Noguera is the Lead of Afro-Latinx Programming at the Latinx Racial Equity Project.

“It would be a great honor to be included in the next cohort of Surge Fellows. I would be so proud to share with my community this opportunity for my personal growth, and for the implications, it will have for all of those currently building with me. Various mentors of mine have encouraged me to apply over the years. This is the first time that I have been able to apply and would be able to accommodate the level of engagement needed to have a truly impactful experience. As I move on my career path, opportunities to enrich my skills, enhance my learning and professional development can be increasingly more and more difficult to navigate. Especially as a full-time working mom. I know that being a Surge Fellow will significantly help me by providing the kind of professional development and learning environment that can help my ideas thrive. Where I can plan, and strategize and learn and analyze and reflect with people who share similar values, and who are doing their own very important work. That kind of community is powerful. That kind of community is transformative.”