Welcome to Surge Academy Las Vegas.
Elevating and connecting
leaders of color in Clark County Nevada.
October 13, 2022
November 1, 2022
Office Hour Application Support
November 16, 2022
December 1, 2022
APPLICATION & SELECTION DATES
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:
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 email@example.com.
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
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.”