Latanya Simmons is Program Director at Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders.

“Being part of affinity spaces of like-minded individuals provides a sense of healing and comfort from racial stress and/or trauma experienced from the past and present for all participants. I want to be part of Surge to reaffirm my sense of self and identity that drives my personal and professional work which is focused on advancing equity for my community. Having the support of a collective is important to be successful and supports my ability to lead. I hope to share ideas with, reaffirm other colleagues in this work, and provide intentional supports to help their plans to drive equity and liberation in their respective spaces.”