Gender Empowerment Initiative has nine members for the Spring 2018 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.

Office Hours: Thursday 7-9 PM



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!



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Stephanie Wu
Hi! I’m Stephanie, a sophomore at Penn studying business and minoring in international development. I’m originally from Sydney, Australia. I’ve had the opportunity to partner with and debate against so many amazing, talented women on the league and feel very passionately about making it a supportive environment for non-cis males. If you ever want to chat, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Office Hours: Monday 5-7 PM



Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 6.55.56 PMWinnie (Wenjing) Qin 

Hi! Everyone. I am a freshman student from Brandeis University with intended major of International and Global Studies, Economy and a minor of legal studies. I am a international student from China, so English is not my first language, and I don’t have previous debate experiences either. However, I did fall in love with APDA quickly. I am enjoying every single round while being challenged to learn new things every single moment. Being a woman in APDA is sometimes difficult, and being a international student is more so. I hope with the platform of GEI, I can help and encourage more women and international students to enjoy and stay in APDA. Please feel free to email me or talk to me 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!

Office Hours: Sunday 2-4 PM



Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 6.57.30 PMMadeline Turner

Hey! I’m Madeline Turner, a first year at Smith College studying Economics and Anthropology who loves jazz, veganism, and thrifted fashion. I debate because it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn, connect, and grow. I’ve already learned so much from the non-cis male identifying debaters in APDA, and I’m so excited to learn more while contributing to the growth of the community.




 Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 12.55.09 PMJessica Berry

I’m Jessica and I am a junior studying International Relations at the College of William & Mary. I’m originally from New Mexico, and briefly lived in L.A. before going to school in Virginia. I joined GEI as an LBGTQ+ Liaison because I think that debate should be an activity that gives people to the tools to empower themselves through communication. The best part of debate for me has always been the fabulous friends I’ve made. I’m up to chat about anything, so please reach out or find me in GA!

Office Hours: Monday 1:30-2:30 PM and Wednesday 10:30-11:30 AM



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Aba Tieku

I’m Aba, a freshman at William & Mary studying Government and Biochemistry. Unlike many debaters on the league, I had never done any formal debating before starting college. Joining debate has been both an intellectually and socially enriching experience for me. I am so excited to serve on the GEI committee this semester and help connect people to resources that will make APDA a more inclusive environment. My interests outside of debate including watching trash TV and movies and being excessively sarcastic. Feel free to reach out. You can always find me complaining about something in GA.

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