The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a disastrous impact on the lives of people all over the world, and the Surge community of education leaders of color is no different.
At Surge, we’ve had the honor of elevating and supporting transformative leaders of color across the education and youth-serving ecovillage: our Surge Fellows and Alumni. These are individuals who work to dismantle oppressive structures and systems and seek to provide better education opportunities and a brighter future for our young people. They tackle giants daily – and win!
In 2020, our community had some major giants to tackle.
The burden of COVID has sat heavily on families. Basic needs that many take for granted—food, shelter, and security—have been rapidly growing concerns, particularly for those without the income to save ahead of the pandemic. In addition to these challenges is the heightened civil unrest resulting from police brutality and racial inequity across the nation.
The challenges have been real, and right now Surge Fellows and Alumni all over the country are feeling the impact on themselves and the communities they serve.