2 Nina Kavin, Beth Emet

Nina Kavin founded the Facebook page Dear Evanston a year ago as a result of her participation in Leadership Evanston, a program through the Evanston Community Foundation. The Dear Evanston social media campaign began as a way to address the issue of youth gun violence in our community. The page explores issues of race, equity, and inclusion, all of which affect youth gun violence. Dear Evanston also features the voices of community leaders and residents, especially those voices that are not often heard. Nina believes in building bridges within our community and encourages Evanstonians to push past their comfort zones and get to know one another.

Nina has also been on task forces to organize community-building events in Evanston such as the On The Table community dinner event last April; the rally against gun violence last May at Fountain Square; the Inaugural Meet Our Community: Fifth Ward Festival in August 2016; and most recently, arranged for four buses from Evanston to attend the Women’s March on Washington.

She has also been a board member of Curt’s Cafe for four years and is active at Beth Emet by fundraising for youth programs including Sankofa—a 2013 trip where 38 Beth Emet and Second Baptist Church high school students toured civil rights sites on a six-day bus trip.