Evanston Election Endorsements!

Organization for Positive Action and Leadership Endorses Candidates for District 65 and 202 Elections


EVANSTON—Today the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL) endorsed school board candidates for Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 ahead of the April 2, 2019 election.


For District 65, OPAL endorsed incumbents Sergio Hernandez, Jr., Rebeca Mendoza, and Anya Tanyavutti. OPAL cites their commitment and dedication to educational equity in making the endorsement.


“District 65 has come a long way with Anya, Rebeca, and Sergio on the board,” said OPAL President Roger Williams. “We’re proud to endorse them today and ask that they hold Paul Goren accountable for student outcomes—particularly the outcomes of Black students, who have continued to lag behind under this administration.”

For District 202, OPAL endorsed incumbent Vice President Monique Parsons as well as first-time candidates Elizabeth Rolewicz and Stephanie Teterycz.

“During her service to the board, we’ve seen Monique’s commitment to equity in District 202,” said Williams. “Additionally, we believe Liz and Stephanie have the background and commitment to racial equity needed on the high school board.”

OPAL has yet to endorse in the race for Oakton Community College Trustee, but may make endorsements following the organization’s February 28 candidate forum.


The organization plans to host a candidate forum for all District 202 candidates on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Chute Middle School and a forum for all Oakton Community College Trustee candidates on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Chute Middle School. The forums are free and open to the pub

Monique Parsons - www.facebook.com/monique4ETHS

Liz Rolewicz - www.facebook.com/rolewicz4eths

 Stephanie Teterycz - www.facebook.com/StephanieFor202

Take Action: Training, Book Recommendations & What Is happening Around Town

We have learned very much over the last three years and are encouraged by the continued support from the community. Though we remain focused on correcting the racial inequities in District 65 schools,  we realize that there are many other needs and areas of concern - we support them all. In an effort to support people and issues we have produced these resources that you may find helpful including information on other local efforts. 

Letter to Concern to District 65 (2017-18 School Year)

On August 21, OPAL (along with NorthShore Chapter of NAACP & Bethel Baptist Church) presented a letter of concern to the District 65 School Board. As done in previous years, OPAL has identified four areas of concern that  are contributing to racial disparities in Evanston;

  • JEH Early Learning Center (the District 65 preschool);
  • Hiring & Retention of African American Teaching Staff;
  • The (newly implemented) K-3 Literacy Framework; and
  • The African Centered Curriculum (ACC) Program at Oakton Elementary (this is a recent addition to our agenda, and was not included in the August letter)

The entire letter can be read here.

We are asking that community members sign-on as supporters if this agenda to show the district that we are ALL concerned with the racial inequities in our schools.
Click here to show your support.

On September 5th, OPAL received a response letter Dr. Goren, read that letter here.

January Newsletter

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What's Important to you!

Thank you for your input on our Voter Engagement survey. We have attached the written responses to the question, "If OPAL could change two things in Evanston, what would they be?". We appreciate the honest responses and while all the suggestions are not within our reach, we are hopeful that with your help, we can make Evanston an Equitable City. 

Click Here for Survey Responses

1000 Doors! Our Summer Campaign

We are still looking for help accomplishing our goal of connecting 1000 people in Evanston!
Click Here for a script to guide your conversation, a voter registration card in English (Click here for Spanish. Please email us (engage@opalevanston.com) to pick up any completed cards
Need OPAL Flyers, Postcards, or have questions? email us


OPAL Proposed Racial Equity Statement

On Tuesday, April 18th, OPAL proposed that the District 65 School Board adopt a Racial Equity Policy statement. In addition to an Equity Statement we proposed revising the goals of the strategic plan to ensure that race and equity are key in the implementation of the plan over the next 5 years. 

The Daily Northwestern covered the meeting, you can read the story here

OPAL's Racial Equity Policy can be read here

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