Why am I so excited to be the Co-Executive Director of the WDI?
When I began debating, I was thrust into a tournament by a theater arts teacher. I had no instruction in debate and very little evidence. My partner and I threw ourselves into debates and I’m fairly certain if those debates had been taped, they would have been cringe worthy. However, debate gave me an outlet to develop my voice, and I’ve never looked back. But, I do remember as I went to big debate camps and competed on the national circuit that I encountered a lot of discrimination as a strong female debater. I had coaches at camps objectify me, conservative judges criticize my fashion choices, and other debaters call me names for being assertive. I wish that I had a camp like the WDI when I was debating to introduce me to a supportive group of women mentors.
As I have transitioned from debating and coaching to being an educator, I recognize the tremendous benefit debate provides all students as they move on to college. Debate gives students the confidence to speak out in class discussions and take ownership of their education. From my experience both at a large public university and a small liberal arts college, women can really use these skills to get the most out of their professors and peers. Unfortunately, women are often the least likely to view themselves as leaders, particularly as candidates for political office. While all women might not aspire to be president, I believe that building confidence in women through debate can reverse this trend and create stronger women college students and civic participants.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack
When I joined the Board at the end of 2009, I was excited to be involved. I knew that I was going to be moving from my home in Seattle and my debate team at University of Washington that I had cultivated over nine long years. Coaching parliamentary debate was a labor of love; running a student-led team with little financial support requires passion. I was especially proud in my final year to coach the top-placing female-female team (including WDI alum Katie Bergus) at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.
As I moved to my new position at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, I was very happy to maintain a connection to the debate community. I was even more excited that the camp was moving to Minnesota so that I could be really hands-on as I learned more about the organization.
My excitement about the institution and move led me to volunteer to take on the Co-Director position with Aleava Sayre (who I had coached at Lewis and Clark College) to offer my organizational skills and experience with events management from my previous life in sports marketing. It seemed like a perfect combination – Aleava has all of the institutional memory of where WDI has been and we can shape together where WDI is going.
I’m very excited to get to work with all of these fantastic women that I have competed with/against, and admired.