“Surge has reignited my dedication to education through the lens of a Black woman from the south of Chicago. It has affirmed that my perspective is not just useless fodder in the broader politics of education, but essential to the interplay between those making the decisions and those affected by those decisions. I now understand that my presence in a room is not enough without a microphone to speak. I am called and required to push my superiors and my colleagues to do better for the people that they serve.”