David T. Jean-Paul

It is a rare opportunity to bring a truly authentic community voice to such a critical conversation. Jude Laude and the Laude family have been part of the bedrock of Evanston’s Haitian community for more than 50 years. His Father, Wilner, and Mother, Elisa, were among the first to move to Evanston in the 1950’s and 60’s. In the truest sense, Jude was raised by a village, a small but tight-knit community of immigrants who found in Evanston, a special and unique place to live the American dream. It is a legacy Jude, wife Kim, and their four children, Solomon, Najidah, Kwesi, and Azu, now carry into a second generation.

His early education at St. Mary’s catholic school formed a moral compass centered on charity and community service. The school’s multiracial make-up, reflective of Evanston’s great diversity, taught Jude early on that bonds of spirit, collegiality and shared experience can bridge the divisions of race, class and culture. At ETHS, Jude, a varsity athlete, excelled academically, winning a seat in the National Honors Society and academic scholarship to The University of Illinois- Urbana, where he earned his bachelors degree in Psychology.

Upon graduation, Jude traveled the globe for 2 years, immersing himself in the rich traditional cultures of Indonesia, Australia and Africa. In the course of his travels, Jude contracted life-threatening case of Malaria, an experience he sites as both humbling and life affirming. Upon his return to the states, he immediately set out to put experiences of to work. Hosting a series of community service workshops designed to teach the profound life changing lessons learned in his travels.

True to form, Jude found his voice in service to his community and soon began his professional career as a teacher, educator and counselor. During his 26 year career, he has served as an instructor at the Malcolm X College Academic Support Center for the Pre-College Institute, a counselor for the Chicago State University Upward Bound Program, a post-secondary counselor at Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Chicago, and a high school counselor at North Lawndale College Prep High School. He is now in the process of completing his masters degree in Counseling from Governors State University.

Jude’s work in restorative justice, an alternative form of discipline for high school students, has powerfully impacted the lives of his students, empowering them through agency and instilling the values of empathy, personal responsibility and community. This work,’paired with his instrumental roll in developing a mentoring program for high school boys, will lend a needed and crucial voice to the District 202 board.

Still, perhaps the most powerful testament to Jude’s character, dedication and citizenship, are the many supporters who have already committed to his campaign. You will find among them life-long Evanstonians, representative of the racial, economic and cultural diversity of the entire city. In this sense, Jude Laude is a true son of Evanston.

This is why, I am for Jude!

Dan Coyne

Proud to be a Jude Laude supporter in his District 202 (#ETHS) School Board campaign–26 yrs of education experience, ETHS educated, and fully prepared to begin serving all of Evanston as a new school board member on day 1.

Lewis Richardson

As an individual growing up in Evanston in both the 70’s & 80’s, I am blessed to have been a part of a larger community family called Evanstonians . . . we all have a shared experience of family and values of both dignity and respect for each other.  I have had the privilege to know Jude Laude from high school (80’s) whereas he has always exuded these sentiments.
I may no longer reside in Evanston; however, I support my brother from Georgia in his quest to harness that shared experience and put to work his messaging to be elected to the District 202 Board.
At the end of the day, we “Evanstonians” put a lot of faith in our shared experience.  Let’s assure as a community family, we get our brother elected.

Pamela Cytrynbaum

I am thrilled to be part of Jude’s campaign team because he is exactly the right person for the job! As one of five children of Haitian immigrant parents, Jude has lived the experience that gives him a depth of knowledge and dedication these times require. He took the best ETHS has to offer and made a life in teaching, in restorative justice, in mentoring on Chicago’s West Side. Every single day for 26 years Jude has been on the front lines of education, of equity, of engagement, of reaching students, of re-engaging parents, guardians, community members.

This is not simply Jude’s work. It is Jude’s life. And the man Jude Laude is is exactly who he was destined to become. Those of us who have known him since our glory days as the Class of ’84 know exactly who this man is. And we support him with passion!!! Every single person from our beloved ETHS Class of 1984 who hears Jude is running for a seat on the ETHS Board says – WHAT CAN I DO? Why? Because Jude Laude is – and has always been – a good man in a storm. He is exactly who he is. He does what he says he will do. Always has. He uses his sharp intellect, his broad education, his lived experience as a Black man, his impressive 26-year career as an educator, his wisdom as a father of 4 – he uses all of what he has, who he is, for the good of his community. I am so grateful to be part of his Beloved community. I am grateful that my cherished daughter, who now attends my cherished school, has the chance to receive all of that wisdom, loyalty, dedication and power offered by Jude Laude.

Lucie Lauture-Sims

Jude is most qualified to sit on the board and will contribute a critical voice to the important work of helping ETHS to live up to its greatness by reaching every student!