Jude Laude announced his candidacy for a seat on the ETHS District 202 School Board on Dec. 3 at Curt’s Café.

Mr. Laude is a lifelong Evanstonian and 1984 graduate of Evanston Township High School. He says he will bring to the Board the perspectives of a professional educator and parent of four children, two at ETHS and two in District 65 schools.

“As a son of immigrant parents and a first-generation college graduate…[my] life was changed by academic support and college exposure in high school,” Mr. Laude says. “As a high school counselor, I work…[to make] equity a reality. As a restorative justice practitioner, I have seen the transformations possible when students are brought back into the school community in lieu of excessive and unequal suspensions. And as a parent of two current ETHS students…[I] share a vision with so many others of what our high school can be for all students.”

Mr. Laude holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and is currently completing a master’s degree in public administration from Governor State University. He has served as an instructor at the Malcolm X College, a counselor for the Chicago State University Upward Board Program, a post-secondary counselor at Clemente High School, and a high school counselor at North Lawndale College Prep High School. He implemented restorative justice as an alternative form of discipline for high school students, created and implemented a male mentoring program for high school boys, and has been a member of the design team for an all-boys charter school in Chicago.