Student Schedule

July 6th Welcome to the WDI!

July 13thMentee Meet & Greet

July 20thDraw It Out!

July 27thGame Night!

August 3rdLet’s Settle It!

Led By Executive Director- Turn up Tuesday Events start at 7pm CST-8 pm CST

July 7th Topic Lectures LD and Policy (Policy Caitlin Walirith, LD Sunhee Simon)

July 21st Debate Documentary Q&A (Special Guest Speaker Q&A)

July 28th Virtual Live Yoga With Jackie Wilburn of YOGA GO 

Led By Chair of Highschool Programming Christi Siver-WiseWord Wednesday

July 8 – Feminism – Lecture by Cate Palczewski, Discussion leaders – Mya Whittaker and Nadia Hussein

July 15 – Critical Race Theories – Lecture by Lisa Covington, Discussion Leaders – Lydia Brown, Jazmine Pickens

July 22 – Queer and Trans Theories – Lecture by Jessica Kurr, Discussion Leaders – Lucia Scott, Nix Moore

July 29 – Indigenous World Views – Lecture by Una Kimokeo-Goes, Discussion Leaders – Pia Sen, Emily Mendelson

Aug 5 – The Framework Debate – Lecture by Caitlin Walrath, Discussion Leaders – Ava Vargason, Flynn Makuch

Led By Board Chair Jyleesa Hampton ‘Justice For Who?” Criminal Justice Series Thursdays

WDI) Criminal Justice Reform Lecture Series

Justice For Who?

Throughout the summer we aim to host a small number of live, lectures engaging our students and members of our community. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that engage the theme, from a wide range of angles, to foster awareness and advocacy and ultimately provoke conversations that matter for thinking about reforming criminal justice system.


Justice For Who?

We really wanted to focus on highlighting the inequities in the criminal justice system and the ways in which that disproportionately affects people of color in the US, especially women and girls. In light of our desire to engage persons beyond the debate community who have expertise that can enrich our discussions of criminal justice reform we created this limited lecture series.

6/25, Sarah Deer Tribal Legal Scholar 7-8:30 CST


Shauntrice Martin- A conversation with community activist #feedthewest 5-6 PST

7/23 Dana

Degler, Forensic Science Expert and Senior Litigator for the Innocence Project

– 5-6:30 PST 

7/23 Dr. Subini Annamma, Associate Professor Stanford University Time TBA

8/6- Dr. Ersula Ore, Associate Professor Arizona State        Time TBA

Fierce Friday’s Led By PR intern Mishan Pauly and Nic Nave “Speak UP Sis” Podcast

July 11th- “Speak Up Sis” Intro+Kenny Delph Baby Jo and WDI Alumni! 

July 17th- Let’s Get Organized! Alternative organzations in debate “The Newark Debate Academy -Carlos Astacio’s, Girls Debate- Jasmine Stidham, ABAP,-Benjamin Hagwood,WDI,Jyleesa Hampton. 

July 24th-What you doing? WDI ALumni Episode featuring-Squid and Ava, Jay and More!

July 31st- Champ Up!-Dr.Kate Shuster, Dr.Beth Mendenhall, Nic Nave and Jay Hampton