“Being part of the Surge Institute would help me to become more confident in my leadership skills and more willing to take on challenges such as seeking out larger-scale collaborations with educational agencies to effect positive change. The skills, network, and self-awareness I gain through the Surge Institute will prepare me to one day take on a higher-level leadership position in education, allowing me to serve as an informed and invested leader mentioned above.”

Nina Smith is the Executive Director at LEAP (Language Empowers All People).