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 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!

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 ( 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

Jay Gibbs

Leyla Remh

Lucy Augustine

Robin Gloss