Welcome! The Gender Empowerment Initiative has 13 members for Fall 2018. More bios and photos are imminent!

Amna Amin

I’m in my second year at Princeton where I’m currently planning on majoring in Politics (but still a bit undecided!). This is my second year on APDA and my first year on the Novice Mentor and Gender Empowerment committees. I love debate because of the community it creates and the opportunity it gives to speak about a wide variety of topics. I’ve frequently debated in any speaker position, but prefer PM and LO. My favorite topics are education and social justice. My office hours are on Tuesday from 2-5PM. 

Madeline Hudalla

Hi! My name is Madeline Hudalla and I am currently a sophomore at Wellesley College. I am an International Relations-political science major and Middle Eastern Studies minor. I’m originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, which is where I first fell in love with debate. I participated in Classic debate in high school, which is really only a Minnesotan style. I am also a LGBTQ+ liaison on GEI and love to run queer theory cases! I would love to hybrid with queer and gender minority debaters, so feel free to reach out to me! I am available to chat anytime after 11 EST on Wednesdays, but you can always message me or chat with me at tournaments!

Ananya Kalahasti

I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University. I’m majoring in Public Health & International Studies with an interest in pre-med/pre-law.
In high school I did extemporaneous speaking for 4 years. My favorite speaker positions are PM, LO (prefer MO but have been LO’ing a lot recently). My favorite topics to debate are foreign policy, popular culture, social justice, sports, post-WWII HIR. My office hours are Wednesday Evening, 7-9.

Aislinn O’Brien

I am a member of the GEI Committee and one of the GEI’s LGBT+ Liaisons currently in my second year at Boston University. I am majoring in Political Science and International Relations (Regional Track: Europe, Functional Track: Foreign Policy and Security Studies). This is my second year debating with BUDS on APDA and my first year as the Secretary of BUDS! Before this, I was very involved with Public Forum Debate for three years during my time at Milton High School in MA, as the Co-Captain of the team my Junior year and the Captain my Senior year. My favorite speaker positions are PM and MO, but I am always willing to mix it up as well! As might be glaringly obvious, I absolutely love politics and IR, so I love IR, HIR, and law cases. Additionally, I love cases about feminism, social justice, economic inequality, and LGBT+ topics. I totally welcome anyone to reach out to me with any debate or GEI-related questions! While I do not have a set schedule of office hours per-se, I am very responsive over email ( and through Facebook messenger and am very willing to schedule a time to talk in-person, through email or Facebook, or over the phone or through Skype!

Shreeya Singh

I am a sophomore at Yale University majoring in History or Political Science. I was a congressional debater in high school and am usually a PM/MG on APDA. Outside of debate, I am passionate about feminist activism and gender equality issues on my college campus. I am excited to be a part of GEI and have office hours on Tuesday evenings from 9-10 PM. I can be reached at 

Aba Tieku

This is my second semester serving on GEI, and my first as one of the co-chairs! I am a sophomore at the College of William & Mary majoring in Government. I started my debate career just a year ago as a novice on the William & Mary Debate Society. Though my experience with debate has been a brief one, it has truly changed my life. Thanks to members of my own team and debaters all across APDA, I have engaged in conversations and learned things I don’t think I could get anywhere else, not even in a college classroom. I am a big fan of all speaker positions including the letter M (I am trying to learn to love LOing but I don’t think it loves me back). My favorite topics to debate are domestic politics, constitutional law, feminism, and social justice. My office hours are Wednesdays from 2-3PM, but feel free to find me in GA, message me on Facebook, or shoot me an email ( at any time!