Surge Institute Quarterly Newsletter
Winter 2018

What a year! It truly seems only moments ago that we were ringing in 2018, announcing a new fellowship in Oakland and celebrating the national expansion of this movement to transform education for our youth and communities.

While we as an organization have made big moves, our fellows continue to kill it as game-changers and thought leaders for our communities! 2019 Surge Fellow Chanelle Bell hosted the opening ceremony for the Obama Foundation Summit, sharing her story with a wide audience of like-minded leaders and aspiring leaders. Our movement also saw nationwide Surge success as 2016 Chicago Alumna Marilyn Rhames and 2018 Oakland Alumnus Charles Cole, III, were both were selected as finalists for EdLoc's Boulder Fund , where they pitched for funding for their organizations Teachers Who Pray and Energy Convertors .

Finally, as we close out an incredible year I want to thank all in our community who love this movement and this mission enough to have contributed to our biggest #SurgeForMore total in the history of our work. What a way to end 2018!

As we journey forward into a new year— a year that may fly by just as quickly as the last—let's sit in this moment and appreciate an explosion of growth and success along with the promise of an even brighter future.

In community and gratitude,
Carmita Semaan, Founder and President
News & Announcements
#SurgeForMore Results!
As usual, it was a beautiful seven days of giving, engaging with you and our whole network of movers... but this year was truly a special moment in the history of Surge!
Get to Know:
Joanna Vazquez Zelaya
Joanna Vazquez Zelaya, 2018 Surge Fellowship Alumna, shares her journey of growth, success and belonging.
2019 Surge Fellow Earns Field Leader Award
The Field Foundation announced 2019 Surge Fellow, Steven Rosado, as the recipient of their Field Leader Award.
2018 Annual Report:
A Start-Up No More
Journey through our powerful story of the past year, which brought incredible growth, new programs and ambitious pilots that helped redefine what it means to Surge.
Joining the Team:
William J. Collins
William joined the Surge Leadership Team in December, but his special relationship with the Surge movement began long before.
Fellow & Alumni Recognition
Surge Fellows and Alumni are achieving goals, serving their communities and impacting the future of education. 

2019 Surge Fellow Aimee Rodriguez has accepted the role of Title IX Compliance & Training at Chicago Public Schools . In this role Aimee leads a team to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain effective district-wide training and compliance programs that comply with Title IX and other related federal and state laws and regulations. 

2018 Surge Alumnus Nicole Magtoto recently published a blog entry for the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools using the theme of identity awareness, reflect on the skin she is in within the context of her relationship with the San Francisco Unified School District. 
We are the preeminent pipeline addressing the dearth of leadership of color at the decision-making tables within education reform. Surge educates, empowers and energizes educational leaders of color who will create transformative change in the communities they serve.