“Just as important as dismantling and reconstructing current systems and oppressive institutional forces, there is “work” we, as people of color, must do internally. I believe this is the starting point to truly make a greater impact in society. Even as an adult, I struggle with self-worth and confidence, choosing to doubt and believe the internalized and oppressive voices rather than to lean into my greatness. I know I am not making the educational impact that I should be making. I need help. Surge is the catalyst to help me do “the internal work,” and to help me find my power, as I continue to fight for system changes/equity…and as I fight for myself. Choosing Surge means choosing me.”

Lydia Mercer is the Founder of (Un)Learning Space.