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This week, SURGE is delighted to honor Ashley Fernandez ’16 for Fearless Friday!

Ashley is a senior at Gettysburg and is majoring in Political Science and Public Policy. When asked where she’s from, Ashley usually responds “Manhattan.” When most people think of Manhattan, they think of Times Square or the Empire State Building. Ashley, however, clarifies she’s from an area of Manhattan called Washington Heights, or “Little Dominican Republic,” which is named as such for it’s large Latino community. A Latina herself, Ashley definitely felt the change between Little DR and Gettysburg College. At predominantly white college like Gettysburg, she knew she wanted to form connections with students of color, but also did not hesitate to form connections with students from all over campus. Anyone that has the pleasure of interacting with Ashley immediately feels comfortable, happy, and listened-to. [excerpt]


Surge is a student blog at Gettysburg College where systemic issues of justice matter. Posts are originally published at Through stories and reflection, these blog entries relate personal experiences to larger issues of equity, demonstrating that –isms are structural problems, not actions defined by individual prejudice. We intend to popularize justice, helping each other to recognize our biases and unlearn the untruths.