Stephanie Hernandez is the Teacher Leadership Operations Manager, Distributed Leadership Specialist at Chicago Public Schools.

“To me, Surge is a collective of like-minded people of Color serving youth in Chicago who are striving to create and improve organizations so that kids and families of Color receive nothing less than they deserve, which is access to every opportunity. Surge is a safe space where I am accepted by others and celebrated because of who I am and where my family comes from. I am excited about the possibilities in growth for our entire cohort as a result of radical acceptance and safe space.”