“I want to join the Surge movement to be part of a community of leaders of color. I want to engage in learning experiences that are identity affirming, that reminds us to recognize the power in our unique narratives, to grow and be inspired by the collective impact we are all having in education and push ourselves to new heights. When we are able to see ourselves as a force, then we live into our strengths and are able to make bolder changes. The belief in ourselves then fuels our ability to influence the growth and achievement of others and then they too will go on to do the same- creating a ripple effect that extends beyond our sightline. It’s a beautiful cycle, whereby the liberation of us all, begins with liberating ourselves.”