Anya Tanyavutti

On Dec. 1, District 65 School Board member, Anya Tanyavutti, officially launched her campaign to secure her seat in the April 4, 2017, election. More than50 Evanstonians met Anya and shared ideas and concerns about the District.

Ms. Tanyavutti spoke of why she is running to secure her seat and the qualifications that make her a unique candidate. As a former Fulbright Scholar and elementary teacher, she combines her experience as a District 65 School Board member with more than 15 years of experience in education, non-profit leadership, and community engagement.

Her message to supporters focused not only on the local race ahead, but on the broader national climate and context within which the school board election sits. “We have a fight ahead of us,” said Ms. Taynyavutti. “We are charged at this moment in history to stand for the value of all humanity. For value and richness in differences: racial, ethnic, religious, immigration, gender identity, ability, the right to love who we love, the right to have dignity regardless of our economic means. This is the work that we must do… at home, at a local level and a national level.”

“We are charged right now to fortify the Evanston that we believe in,” she continued. “The one that we are and the one that we have the audacity to strive to be. We cannot and will not do this in isolation. We will do this, as many in history have done before us, in community with one another. My hope is that tonight we gather for me, but beyond that for each other. Let us continue to see each other’s faces, hear each other’s voices and remain engaged for the greater good. For our humanity, for your children, and our neighbors children too.”