WDI supports self-empowerment of the participants in our organizing by providing a community that cultivate the skills to be successful debaters, effective advocates, exceptional public speakers and educated professional with the ability to transform our world.
WDI empowers participants in our organization to learn advocacy skills through the transformative power of debate. By providing safe spaces, mentoring, free tuition, mobile resources and a supportive network, we week to reverse the attrition of individuals with marginalized gender identities in the high school and debate communities and to spread norms and values of intellectual integrity, kindness, compassion and respect.
Over the four (4) days of the camp, students participate in workshops to develop their debate skills and learn about issues of identity and how they impact the debate community inside and outside of the competition. A unique feature of the curriculum is that students get to choose from a wide range of electives that draw on the specialized expertise of WDI staff.
Admission Numbers & Camp Dates
The WDI hopes to admit 56 students for our annual institute in August 2017. The WDI will be held from August 5 – 9, 2017 at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN.
Travel stipends are available for students who would not otherwise be able to attend the WDI. If you require a travel stipend, please make sure to answer the appropriate questions on the student application (have student application be a link to the application).