Sasha Peña is the Director of Career and Leadership Development at Chicago Scholars.

“Whenever I meet Surge alumni, they always seem so confident in who they are–qualities they attribute to being a part of Surge. I am excited to be a part of this movement because the Surge Fellowship embodies transformative leadership. It’s inspiring to see people of color own their truth and lead authentically in a world that often forces us to conform to self-doubt. The Surge Fellowship is a disrupter that creates a pathway of new possibilities for people of color in Chicago. At this point in my career, where I am now leading a department, and managing others, I want to seek opportunities of disruption that allow me to grow in new ways as I continue on my own leadership journey.”