Our Program

WDI Programming

The WDI offers four types of programming.

High School Program

The High School Program is a tuition-free camp that provides students the opportunity to be a part of a strong community of individuals committed to eliminating gender discrimination in debate.   At the WDI, students have the opportunity to learn debate skills from some of the top debaters in the country. Working one-on-one with former National Champions gives students the competitive edge they need to be successful debaters.  The WDI also teaches students about the impact of gender on debate and exposes students to the rich community of women in this activity. Furthermore, our “College Seminar” gives each student the opportunity to learn how to make higher education a reality, regardless of their current situation.

Collegiate Scholars Program

The WDI’s Scholar program is designed to build community and improve retention rates for students with marginalized gender identities in college debate. 2020 will be the eigth year of the Scholars program. Every year it is a little bit different, depending on the interests and needs of students and instructors. Our goal is for students to leave feeling a deep sense of connection and trust with each other and the staff. We hope that these bonds will persist throughout students’ debate and professional careers.

Anti-Harassment Training

The WDI programming committee has developed a Gender Based Anti-Harassment Training program that provides in person as well as online modules with the hopes of preventing harassment within academic spaces. We offer in person trainings and quality online module instruction tailed to the debate community, camps and organizations needs. For more information on pricing and packages please contact Ava Vargason @womensdebateinstitute@gmail.com

WDI Mobile

WDI Mobile is a tuition free project designed to bring one day of camp programming to a satellite location. Since its inception the WDI has been proud to host this project at the Cal Berkeley National Debate Institute. Each year the WDI@Cal continues to be a great event to connect with students, build community and share our curriculum. Since beginning this project in 2016 we have hosted mobiles at the University of Texas National Institute of Forensics and look forward to expanding in our community.