National Fellowship for Education Leaders of Color Welcomes 2020 Oakland Cohort

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The Surge Institute, a national education leadership nonprofit dedicated to elevating leaders of color, announces its 2020 Oakland Fellowship cohort.

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“The Surge Fellowship is a place for me to stand bold in my convictions, unpack my own identity within the context of the dominant narrative, and build up my own skills and literacy on how to disrupt, reimagine and rebuild oppressive educational systems."

The Surge Institute, a national non-profit organization, whose mission is to elevate and invest in leaders of color who create transformative change in urban education, recently selected 16 leaders for the third cohort of their signature fellowship program within their Oakland branch. 

The 16 leaders selected for the 2020 cohort will begin a year-long program, which aims to advance emerging diverse talent, empowering them to change the landscape of education with AND for their communities by providing them with unique leadership and advocacy skills. “Being a Surge Fellow means being in community with dynamic, critically engaged educational leaders who have a shared vision of collective responsibility for the success of our often overlooked and underserved students. It means having efficacy and building up a network of accomplices, while having a safe space to have authentic conversations with other leaders of color in Oakland,” said 2020 Surge Fellow and Assistant Principal at Achieve Academy, Education for Change Public Schools, Roxanne Rose.

The following is a list of the 2020 Oakland Surge Fellows:

The Surge Fellowship program provides fellows with executive skill training, leadership development, and a space for connection amongst other leaders of color. Within their monthly fellowship session meetings, fellows will build community, delving into conversations on topics from change management to personal branding as well as having the opportunity to showcase their work through a Shark Tank project and final capstone presentations. Throughout this journey, Surge also acknowledges that the fellowship is not designed to “groom” leaders - instead we aim to elevate and invest in the genius that is already present within these emerging leaders of color. Overall, Surge seeks to be a mirror for each of these change-makers.

After completion of the program, graduating fellows become part of an elite and growing national network of Surge Alumni. By the end of 2019, Surge will have more than 100 fellowship alumni leading change in cities across the U.S.

“The Surge Fellowship is a place for me to stand bold in my convictions, unpack my own identity within the context of the dominant narrative, and build up my own skills and literacy on how to disrupt, reimagine and rebuild oppressive educational systems. For me, I chose Surge because it’s a space to reignite a sense of hope and healing within this work. It is a committed system of care and support that will have a lasting impact as I continue to serve our students and lead the teachers of Oakland,” continued Rose.

About the Surge Institute:
The Surge Institute was established in 2014 with a simple but important mission to develop and elevate leaders of color who create transformative change for children, families, and communities. Founded by Carmita Semaan in 2014, the organization’s signature program, the Surge Fellowship, was designed to empower emerging diverse leaders to change the landscape of education by providing them with a unique, authentic leadership development experience.

To learn more about The Surge Institute, please visit: https://www.surgeinstitute.org/

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