Entries by John Connor

Alum Spotlight: Jacky Chow and Jacinda Rivas

Meet two debate alums completing a summer internship at Third Coast Underwriters Jacky Chow and Jacinda Rivas, currently interning at Third Coast Underwriters Each year, Third Coast Underwriters opens up its summer internship program to candidates with a debate background. Marguerite Dixen, President of Third Coast Underwriters, is a former debater and CDC Board Member. […]

Chimene Okere

July 11, 2018 Chimene Okere  Lane Tech Debate 2007-2010 I always dreamt of being a superhero. I wore comic book t-shirts nearly every day to high school and I currently own several pairs of Captain America socks. Though I can’t build a suit of armor, fly, or don a suit of vibranium to defend Wakanda […]

Make Room for Debate Smashes Records

Thanks to everyone who made this our most successful luncheon yet! On June 20th, more than 400 supporters came out to our seventh annual Make Room for Debate luncheon where we celebrated 20 years of Chicago debate and honored Andrea Zopp as our 2018 Champion of Debate. At the luncheon, we enjoyed the chance to […]

New Executive Director to Join CDC on August 1st

We are delighted to announce that our Board has unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Toinette Gunn as the CDC’s next Executive Director, beginning August 1. Dr. Toinette Gunn joins us with more than 20 years of experience as a seasoned nonprofit professional in human service and educational organizations. She has served in Executive Director roles with The Partnership […]

Student Spotlight: Trey Muhammad

Meet this impressive senior who is captain of Lindblom Debate Trey found debate in sixth grade – not by choice, but as punishment for bad behavior in class. However, it did not take long for him to realize how life changing debate can be. “Before debate, I saw no bright future for myself. I had […]

Forrest Sumlar

I graduated from Morgan Park High School in 2003 after spending two years on the debate team. I continued my debate career in college at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, where I co-founded Illinois Policy Debate. I later went on to attend law school at DePaul University College of Law, and I am […]