Aurora Flores Garcia, a student success coach in National Louis University’s Pathways program, has been named a 2018 Fellow by the Surge Institute, whose mission is to educate, develop and prepare leaders of color in the field of education.
The Chicago-based Surge Institute selected 25 young leaders, including Flores Garcia, for its yearlong program, which includes executive skill training, leadership development and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. Fellows will develop their own leadership and advocacy skills. They will also complete individual capstone projects.
Flores Garcia has served with NLU’s Pathways program since Spring 2016, coaching undergraduate students in the program in academic skills, as well as social-emotional skills and practical needs.
The Pathways program provides a unique pathway for students who might not normally attend college to receive structured supported in their college studies and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. The program has a highly affordable $10,000 annual tuition, which can be reduced to zero for many students via grants. Adaptive coursework, which lets students learn at their own pace, student success coaches and continuous monitoring of students’ progress support even non-college-ready students through their studies.
The Surge Institute will deepen Flores Garcia’s skills for her NLU career.
“I knew Surge was an opportunity to deepen and elevate my impact as a professional of color,” Flores Garcia said. “…I know that I will be equipped with the resources and confidence to make critical decisions that improve the quality of life of Chicago students.”