Gender Empowerment Initiative has seven members for the Fall 2017 semester, coming from schools all over the APDA circuit. Here you can learn more about us. Each member is required to hybrid with a younger, non-cismale debater during the semester, so if you meet that description and would like to hybrid with any of us, please reach out!



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Rachel Kane (Co-Chair)

My name is Rachel and I’m a junior at GW currently studying political science and public health. I love to run cases about feminism and bioethics, but I’m currently trying to become less awful at understanding finance. When I’m not studying or debating, I spend an inordinate amount of time and energy attempting to make evenly browned toast. If you ever want to chat about rounds or literally anything else, I’d love to hear from you! I’m incredibly excited to continue to serve on GEI this semester; I hope I can give back a fraction of the support that GEI has given me.




Chiara Caraccio (Co-Chair)

Hi! My name is Chiara Caraccio and I’m a sophomore at Columbia, majoring in philosophy. I love the community on APDA and am constantly inspired by our incredible female/non-male-identifying debaters — I hope to help GEI continue to make our league even more supportive of everyone this year, and to continue to get to know everyone on the league better. Please shoot me a message if you ever want to talk about anything, whether debate/gender related or not, or, alternatively, hit me up with a meme tag.



Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 7.20.57 PMMatt Cryer (LGBT Liaison

Hi! My name is Matt, I’m a junior at the George Washington University who joined debate in my sophomore year. I debate because I love arguing and I think this is a great activity for self improvement. I joined GEI as the LGBT Liaison because I want to increase access to resources regarding important LGBT issues and help add to APDA’s culture of inclusion. I’d love to work with anyone who wants to see change on APDA regarding how we handle LGBTQ+ content, both in and out of rounds, so please message me if you have any ideas!



Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 7.18.41 PMSonya Huang

Hi! My name is Sonya Huang and I’m a sophomore at Penn, studying business in the Wharton School. I started Parli last fall, but debated LD and WSDC throughout high school. Gender empowerment is an issue I feel passionately about, and it’s an honor to be serving on GEI for a second semester. This term, I’d like to focus on improving retention rates of non-cis male novices. If you have any suggestions or want to hybrid, please reach out – I’d love to chat!



Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 7.24.57 PMAn Lanh Le

Hello! My name is An Lanh (means peace in Vietnamese!) and I’m a sophomore at Princeton majoring in History. I’m from Vietnam but I debated in the World Schools format in Singapore. My favorite kinds of debates both in and out of rounds are those on post-conflict societies, moral philosophy and anything Southeast Asian. The women on APDA have been so supportive and inspiring, and I hope to pay it forward. Come say hi in GA!




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Annie Abruzzo 

Hi!  My name is Annie and I’m a sophomore at Swarthmore pursuing pre-med.  Since the majority of my schoolwork is STEM related, debate is my favorite way to stay well-rounded and learn about anything from bioethics to history to feminism.  I did four years of public forum at an all-girls high school, and I’m excited to continue supporting gender empowerment on APDA.  If you ever want to talk about debate, chemistry problem sets, or anything at all, I’d love to be in touch!



Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 11.08.06 AMSarah Ryan

Hi! My name is Sarah Ryan, and I’m currently a sophomore at Harvard. I haven’t declared yet but I’ll likely study History and Science or Linguistics. Before coming to college, I did four years of high school Lincoln Douglas debate. On APDA I typically speak PM/MO, and some of my favorite topics to debate are philosophy and social justice. I’m super excited to be a part of GEI this semester, so feel free to reach out or come say hi in GA!



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