Entries by Willa

9th Annual Make Room for Debate

Annually, over 300 of our supporters convene for our Make Room for Debate luncheon. The event allows us the opportunity to honor our Champion of Debate and hear directly from students and alumni of our program about how debate has positively transformed their lives. Join us this year for a Virtual Experience like no other […]

Make Room for Debate 2020-A Virtual Experience

It comes as no surprise that our Annual Make Room for Debate luncheon has shifted to a virtual platform due to social distancing requirements and in-person group size limitations. We are excited to bring our community of supporters a virtual experience like no other. We are thankful for our event sponsors who continue to believe […]

Our Executive Director Marks 2 Years with Chicago Debates

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Dr. Toinette Gunn, for celebrating 2 years with Chicago Debates this month! Her leadership is essential to the success of our work and motivates our team to stick to our mission of bridging the educational opportunity gap for Chicago Public School students through the transformative power of debate. We look […]

The Resolution: July 2020 Monthly Newsletter

The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Awards Chicago Debates $15,000 We are grateful to receive renewed funding from The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund. We were awarded a $15,000 grant to support debate programming for the 2020-2021 school year. When asked the reason that the fund renewed its partnership with Chicago Debates, Executive Director Iris Krieg had this to […]

Our Contribution to Justice: Cultivating the Voice & Skills of our Future Leaders

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sadly, we are mourning the tragedy of all of the lives lost and the continued injustices sprayed upon black and brown communities. Chicago Debates exists to bridge the educational opportunity gap, which persists as a result of hundreds of years of systemic […]