Welcome to Surge Academy Las Vegas.

Elevating and connecting
leaders of color in Clark County Nevada.

Recruitment Dates

Recruitment Event
October 13, 2022

Recruitment Event
November 1, 2022

Office Hour Application Support
November 16, 2022

Recruitment Mixer
December 1, 2022


October 17, 2022
2023 Surge Las Vegas Applications Open

December 16, 2022
2023 Surge Las Vegas Application Deadline

January 31, 2023 – February 1, 2023
2023 Las Vegas Cohort Selection Days

February 8, 2023
2023 Las Vegas Cohort Announcement

February 24, 2023
2023 Welcome Mixer


The Las Vegas Surge Academy identifies and cultivates promising African-American, Latinx and Native/Indigenous talent in Clark County, Nevada, to enhance their expertise and aptitude while empowering them to transform the education ecosystem. Fellows hone:

  • Executive Skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Team-Building Techniques

  • Navigating Education History & Politics

  • Proclaiming Your Authentic Story/Background

  • Strategic Relationship Management

The academy encompasses a combination of content areas and learning experiences to broaden exposure and accelerate skill and leadership development. High-profile leaders in education and other industries are faculty members and informal advisers to the network of Surge Fellows.

This experience is curated to generate both individual and collective transformation through healing and a reclamation of our leadership narratives, centered on the power and strength of our racial and ethnic identities and how they supremely qualify us to impact the communities and students we serve.

Become a Fellow

If you are an emerging education leader of color in Clark County, Nevada and are interested in becoming a Surge Fellow, we encourage you to attend a recruitment event and familiarize yourself with our application timeline. If you have any questions or just want to have a conversation with a Surge team member, please reach out to us at academy@surgeinstitute.org.

2023 Las Vegas Session Dates

Session 1: Opening Retreat (In-Person)
March 2-4, 2023

Session 2 (Virtual)
April 7, 2023

Session 3 (Virtual)
May 5, 2023

Session 4 (In-Person)
June 1-2, 2023

Session 5 (Virtual)
July 14, 2023

Session 6 (Virtual)
August 4, 2023

Session 7 (In-Person)
August 31-September 2, 2023

The fellowship cohort participates in monthly full-day sessions: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Fellows are expected to attend all retreats and monthly sessions.

For the 2023 fellowship year, we anticipate virtual and in-person sessions. We have identified the opening retreat, mid-retreat, and closing retreat as our in-person sessions. To ensure the safety of all in our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to follow all federal, state, and local government policies, in addition to following the wisdom, needs, and risk-tolerance of our community. Learn more about the Surge COVID-19 Protocols for In-Person Events here.




Las Vegas-based African-American, Latinx or Native/Indigenous leader roughly between the ages of 28 to 40

Bachelor’s degree (minimum)

Minimum of six years of work experience

Employed in education or youth-serving role (district, charter, public policy, philanthropy or advocacy/non profit) at the initiation of and for the duration of the fellowship

Passion for positively impacting the lives of young people and their communities

Surge Fellows leave this experience having enhanced their competency in both technical and adaptive leadership skills, including relationship management, problem-solving, negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, anti-racist design, and project planning, management and execution. Surge Fellows also gain a deeper understanding of the sociopolitical and economic context, history and structure of public education. And, importantly, Surge Fellows rediscover themselves, their power and their dreams, and become a part of a community of leaders who see, support and affirm each other.


Surge Academy Leadership

Susan Garcia Jones

Las Vegas Surge Academy, Program Director


Susan Garcia Jones (she/they) is the Academy Program Director at Surge Institute. Her passion for education equity developed when she was an undergrad at Dartmouth College. The experience of going from a majority Latinx community to an Ivy League in New Hampshire made them realize the deep structural inequities in their own education. This experience led her to education and justice work. Susan has spent 10 years working in various educational settings from supporting after-school programs at the Boys & Girls Club in her hometown of Oxnard to most recently leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives at KIPP Northern California. Along with a passion for K-12 education, they are a lifelong learner, recently earning their MA from the Graduate Theological Union. Their research focuses on how Black sci-fi literature offers radical lessons for dreaming justice movement work.

Andrea Black Evans

Executive Director


Andrea is a former school principal of a high-performing elementary school in the city of Chicago. Andrea worked to create a strong instructional environment that supported the growth of a Golden Apple Award winner. Andrea worked to create a strong instructional environment that supported the growth of a Golden Apple Award winner. Her career began in Atlanta, GA, as a Teach for America corps member. Her content knowledge, instructional aptitude, leadership dexterity, and commitment to excellence for all scholars, regardless of perceived deficits, quickly led her to aspirations beyond the classroom. Andrea values learning and professional growth, and sought our personal learning opportunities to continue to grow via fellowships with the Surge Institute, Cambiar, and Accelerate Institute. Her leadership mantra is, “If you base your decisions on what’s best for kids, you will never have to question your decision.”

To learn more about Surge Academy, send us an email at academy@surgeinstitute.org. We look forward to hearing from you!