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Welcome! The Gender Empowerment Initiative has 12 members for Spring 2019. More bios are imminent!

Co-Chair – Aba Tieku

This is my third semester serving on GEI, and my second 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 Team. 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 (aktieku@email.wm.edu) at any time!

Co-Chair – Cindy Wang

Board Liaison – Tiffany Yuan

LGBTQ+ Liaison – Julie Graves

LGBTQ+ Liaison – 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!

LGBTQ+ Liaison – Matt Cryer

LGBTQ+ Liaison – Mikaela Rose V Tajo

Aislinn O’Brien

I am a member of the GEI Committee 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 (aislinn@bu.edu) 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!

Ellie Singer

Hello! I’m Ellie (she/her pronouns) and I’m a sophomore at Yale, where I study political science and serve as the YDA’s Development Director. In high school, I competed in worlds schools debate for Team USA for a year and in public forum debate for the Blake School in Minneapolis for four years. I’m willing to debate anything but particularly enjoy IR, law, and social justice rounds. I prefer to MO over LO but am flexible on gov. Feel free to email (ellie.singer@yale.edu) or Facebook message me about absolutely anything at any time and I’ll generally respond quickly!

Jay Gibbs

Leyla Remh

Hi, my name is Leyla Remh! I use she/her pronouns and I am a sophomore at Boston University where I am a neuroscience major and serve as the Tournament Director of BUDS. I did public forum debate for all four years of high school and was captain of my school’s team, and really loved it so I decided to continue my involvement with debate in college. I have a slight preference for MG’ing over PM’ing but I’m open to any speaker positions! My favorite topics to debate are feminism, social justice, and domestic politics. My office hours are 11:00 am- 1:00 pm on Mondays but definitely feel free to message me via facebook messenger or email me (lremh@bu.edu) anytime! Also feel free to talk to me in person in GA at tournaments!

Lucy Augustine

Hi, I’m Lucy! I’m originally from the Bay Area, California, and I use she/her pronouns. This is my second semester of debate ever with the William & Mary Debate Society. I’m studying economics and chemistry at William & Mary, but despite my major, I don’t love debating finance—I prefer feminism, social justice, and art. I tend to PM/MO, but the only position I really avoid is LO (I’m trying to change). Feel free to email me anytime at ecaugustine@email.wm.edu or talk to me if you see me in GA, whether it’s about debate or something else (ask me about my passion for spreadsheets).

Robin Gloss