The VP Kamala A Harris Invitational

2021 — Online, TX/US

The Women's Debate Institute is honored to invite the highschool policy and LD community to our first annual “We Speak: Kamala Harris Invitational ''! We open this invitation to all participants who are advocates for gender inclusion and diversity in debate. We aim to provide exceptional judging and detailed feedback to all our participants along with a roundtable discussion and sponsored lunch as a continuation of our mission to ensure debate is affordable and accessible to all students. 


Date: Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 


Registration 8:00-8:45am CST

Round 1 8:45-10:30 am CST

Round 2 11-12:30 pm CST

Lunch (opt-in for voucher) 12:30-1:30 pm CST  

Round 3 1:45-3:15 pm CST

Dinner Awards/Roundtable Discussion (opt-in for voucher) 3:30-5:15 pm CST 

Location: Zoom 

Policy Debate Topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.


Lincoln Douglas Topic:Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care.


Fee: $0


Registration Deadline: March 27, 2021; Registered teams will be notified on March 30th, 2021. 

All donations collected for this event will assist the WDI in continuing to facilitate a gender inclusive community.



This tournament will remain a one division open tournament unless inquiry for a novice division is made. We encourage novice debate as an essential part of debate. 



We ask that participants bring a judge per entry and if they are unable to do so, contact for judging inquiries. 


We will be having an award ceremony 

Pre-Tournament nominations

Students will receive virtual awards and should attend the award ceremony and nominate team members and community members for the following awards.


2021 “WDI Kamala Harris Shero ” Awards 

The Kamala Harris Shero Award – This award is named after Kamala Harris and is designed to recognize an outstanding gender minority debate coach in highschool- Policy Debate or Lincoln Douglas. The ideal candidate can demonstrate service to programs, community building and competitive success.

Don’t Stop Director of the year

The WDI Don’t Stop Director of the year Award- This award is designed to recognize and outstanding gender minority director at any level and any debate forum that can demonstrate resiliency,program success and community development. We welcome Collegiate and High School submission as well as Policy,LD,Parliament and Congress.  


Roundtable Discussion 


Before the award ceremony we invite participants and members of the community to join us in an hour long roundtable discussion on anti-harassment practices. WDI will be premiering the Best Practices Manual in honor of Women's Month and would like to focus a discussion on the updates to the manual and the resources it provides to the community. We are honored to have Quaram Robinson join us as our Keynote Speaker! Quaram is the Best Debater of the Decade, A National Champion,Copeland Award Winner, Scholar,Educator, WDI instructor & so much more! Along with moderators such as Ava Vargason (WDI Executive Committee Member,Project Programming Chair) Sarah Jane Evans (WDI Instructor, Legal Specialist) and many others!