“Surge Academy’s core purpose and forward-looking goals resonates with my fervent dedication to advancing educational equity and advancing underrepresented communities. Now, more than ever, there’s a pressing need to address the systemic barriers hindering the holistic development of Black/African-American and Latinx youth. Surge provides a unique platform to engage in transformative change, aligning perfectly with my aspirations to contribute meaningfully to dismantling disparities in education. As a Surge Fellow, I aim to leverage my expertise to drive tangible progress in fostering inclusive environments, advocating for policy reforms, and nurturing diverse leaders. I will actively engage in initiatives addressing critical educational issues, refining my leadership skills, and collaborating with others. Ultimately, I seek to empower marginalized communities and catalyze positive change within our educational system ”


Kyuna Mister | Graduate Research Assistant at American University, School of Education