“I chose to be part of Surge to achieve my desired outcome of equity among people of color and to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on those lives. Throughout my career in education, I have been fortunate to be able to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of our city’s young people through the variety of roles I have held. As a Surge Fellow, I hope to be able to continue my advocacy on behalf of young people’s education and additionally, to utilize the new skills and networks I develop through Surge to extend the scope and reach of my influence on our students’ educational outcomes and achievements. By combining my personal and professional experiences with the knowledge, skills, and networks developed through the Surge Fellowship, I hope to become an even more powerful voice and advocate for my community and others in need.”

Myra Winding is a Special Projects Manager at Chicago Public Schools.