Entries by Willa

Chicago Debates Season Wrap-up

Wow! This past debate season was busy. 18 new schools joined our program this year, and thanks to our community of supporters, we were able to support 92 schools across Chicago. This growth is part of a larger plan for our organization that has seen 48 new schools added over the course of two years, […]

Tour Our Summer Debate Camp!

Over the course of two weeks this summer, more than 100 Chicago students will receive a crash-course in debate. The camp offers an opportunity for students without any debate experience to learn the fundamentals, while giving more experienced debaters the chance to sharpen their skills. Come see our debaters test their new skills and knowledge […]

Corporate School Sponsor Spotlight: Wintrust Bank

This year, we were delighted to have Wintrust join us as our first-ever Corporate School Sponsor. The initiative was created as a way to expand debate into more schools in under-resourced neighborhoods, giving them a transformational activity that helps students find their voice, prepares them for success in college and career, and empowers them to […]

Chicago Debates Welcomes New Team Members

Chicago Debates is excited to welcome two new members to our team this month! Each new team member brings a unique set of skills and perspectives that are sure to help us as we continue to grow and develop. Flynn Makuch is joining us as a Program Officer for School Support. Teaching and coaching policy debate is her […]

Debaters Show Their Growth at Conference Championships

Walking into the White Conference Championship, it’s clear these students are now seasoned debaters. It’s the fifth tournament of the year and this is the last chance for students to debate in the regular season before qualified debaters move on to the City Championship. Talking to debaters at every level, it is clear they are […]

City Championship Tournament Tour

  Join us at our most exciting and consequential tournament of the year – City Championships! On Saturday, March 30 from 9:15-10:45am we will host a guided tour with our Executive Director and Program Director. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. RSVP here! Questions? Email Amanda DeWitt at amandadewitt@chicagodebates.org  

Corporate Profile: Marguerite Dixen, 3CU

Marguerite Dixen first got involved with Chicago Debates in 2015 through a crowdfunding campaign to support the Chicago Debate Summer Institute. She had debated in high school and college and knew how valuable debate was to her success as a woman in the male-dominated world of insurance she entered in 1989. She quickly got more involved, […]