Danielle McConnell is the Director of Program at One Million Degrees.

“The Surge Fellowship will impact my development as I identify sustainable ways to address system change that makes a valuable impact in my community. We are again at a pivotal point in history where Black and Brown people are fighting to position themselves in many spheres of influence; tackling racial violence, economic disinvestment, and racial health disparities. The effects of a global pandemic will be lasting on communities of color. How do we work together to take care of Black and Brown education and non-profit leaders who are experiencing personal and vicarious trauma and burnout during this time? How do we capitalize on this moment to advance and highlight the needs of our communities? I believe that Surge and the amazing leaders that make up the organization are in a good place to tackle some of these questions and bring a unique perspective that will be invaluable to the communities we serve.”