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Our annual camp was held on August 5-10th at Ascend Camp and Retreat Center in Dallas, Texas. Be on the lookout for camp coverage coming soon!

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OUR MISSION

At Women’s Debate Institute, our mission is to advocate for and facilitate a more gender-inclusive environment that advances educational and professional opportunities for marginalized gender identities in the debate community. We continue to fulfill this mission with the expansion of diverse programming and resources. From our anti-harassment training, to our annual summer camp, we are dedicated to providing resources to cultivate an inclusive environment for all. Please check our annual reports to find out more!

Why does WDI Matter?

The Women’s Debate Institute is a community of debaters dedicated to empowering young people to discover and use their unique voices. To that end, we support self-empowerment of the participants in our organization by providing a community that cultivates the skills to be successful debater.

Our WDI Podcast is on YouTube

Check out Episode #2 of WDI’s Podcast, Speak Up Sis, featuring WDI alum, Dr. Beth Mendenhall. We discuss debate, the environment, self care and more!

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News & Updates

  • Girl Talk Movie Premiere Presented by The Women’s Debate Institute

    Girl Talk Movie Premiere Presented by The Women’s Debate Institute


    The Women’s Debate Institute is thrilled to invite you to an exclusive virtual screening of the new documentary GIRL TALK and follow-up conversation with the filmmaker. Set in the cutthroat, boy-dominated world of high school debate, GIRL TALK tells the timely story of five girls on a diverse, top-ranked MassachusettsRead More

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  • WDI’s Response to Abbott Directive

    WDI’s Response to Abbott Directive


    To Our Community, We see you.We hear you.It’s not okay and we will not stay silent in advocating for our community.  The Women’s Debate Institute mission is to advocate for and facilitate a more gender-inclusive environment that advances educational and professional opportunities for marginalized gender identities in the debate community.Read More

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  • Welcome to Debate Diaries

    Welcome to Debate Diaries


    Welcome to the WDI’s blog, Debate Diaries! We’re excited to have a centralized space where we can talk to our community! Here, you can find information about recent news, upcoming events and general updates we need to relay to the community.  Make sure to visit our website to see ourRead More

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