“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."
OAKLAND, Calif. (PRWEB) August 05, 2019
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:
- Rosaura Altamirano; Senior Coordinator, Business Operation Leadership Team, Oakland Unified School District
- Gold Chhim; Founding Director of Partnerships, OneGoal
- Marjorie Johnson; Vice Principal, Impact Academy, Envision Education
- Vernon Keeve, III; Teacher, Community Day School, Oakland Unified School District
- Jane Lee; Program Manager, Alameda County Office of Education
- Zuleica Lopez; Founding Director of Teacher Support, OneGoal
- Erik Martinez; Manager, LGBTQ Support Services, San Francisco Unified School District
- Darryl McDavid; Admissions Specialist, Year Up
- Alyssa Munson-Hernandez; Assistant Principal, Epic Middle School, Education for Change
- Mirella Ramirez; Teacher on Special Assignment, Instructional Coach, Oakland Unified School District
- Roxanne Rose; Assistant Principal, Achieve Academy, Education for Change
- Gabriel Sanchez; Dean of Instruction, Education for Change
- Aijeron Simmons; Program Manager, Office of Social and Emotional Learning, Oakland Unified School District
- Tyfahra Singleton; Executive Director, Camp Phoenix
- Miranda Tsang, Literacy Partnerships Program Manager, BUILD, UC Berkeley
- Teni Ugbah, Senior Analyst, Certificated Recruitment, San Francisco Unified School District
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/