Gender Empowerment Initiative has eight members for the Fall 2016 semester, coming from schools all over the APDA circuit. Here you can learn more about us. Each member is required to hybrid with a younger, non-cismale debater during the semester, so if you meet that description and would like to hybrid with any of us, please reach out!

Joy Jing (Chair)


Hello there! My name is Joy Jing and I’m a senior at Harvard College, pursuing a joint concentration in Environmental Science and Architecture. I started debating in the fall of freshman year, and fell in love with the activity and the community. During my time on APDA, I am particularly inspired by the amazing female leaders and speakers. I hope to give back by providing mentorship for others. I am also an avid painter, traveler, volleyball player, and floor speech dreamer.


Abigail Moats


Hi! My name is Abigail Moats and I’m a third year at the University of Virginia studying Politics and either Economics or Middle Eastern Studies. I love debating any position other than PM, and in terms of cases I really enjoy Constitutional Law and International Relations. I’m excited to be a part of the committee this year and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone else on committee to promote gender inclusivity on the league!



Endi Mato


Hi! I’m Endi and I come from Albania. I’m a rising sophomore at Smith College, intending to major in Government, International Relations and Global South Development. I went to an international school in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is where my debating experience started with the World Schools format. I was actively involved in APDA throughout my first year through the Smith College Debate Society and I’m very excited to finally be part of the GEI committee!


Evan Dotas


Hey everyone! My name is Evan Dotas. I’m a sophomore at the College of William and Mary, and I plan on majoring in government. I debated throughout all of high school and was active on the league last year. I’m pretty apathetic about speaking positions, so I usually just go with what my partners don’t want and try to do my best. I’m excited to promote gender equality on the league, and I hope that if you ever have any issues, or want to partner or just talk, you’ll feel comfortable coming to me!


Madison Needham


Hello! My name is Madison Needham and I am a UC Berkeley student in my third and final year. While I am majoring in Political Science and Gender Studies, my true passions include writing Star Wars fanfiction and large dogs. My favorite cases are those which appear strange or inconsequential on the surface but contain thought provoking questions within. If you ever want to talk about queer women’s issues or disability rights (or Darth Maul), please reach out. Here is to a great year of debate!


Molli Goetz


Hi! My name is Molli, and I am a sophomore at Harvard majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (I think.) I’ve been a member of GEI since spring of my freshman year and I’m really looking forward to continuing to work with the amazing people on this committee. My favorite cases are about IR, social policy, and the criminal justice/legal systems. Please feel free to come talk to me in GA, I’d love to meet you!



Rachel Kane


My name is Rachel and I’m a sophomore at GW currently studying political science and public health. When I’m not debating, I volunteer at the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project. I love to run cases about feminism and movement politics, but I’m currently trying to become less awful at Econ. If you ever want to chat about rounds or literally anything else, I’d love to get to know more people on the league. I’m incredibly excited to serve on GEI this semester and can’t wait to see some of you next week!


Sraavya Poonuganti


Hi! My name is Sraavya Poonuganti, and I’m a sophomore at the College of William & Mary. I will be majoring in Economics, with a possible minor in Computer Science. I am also the historian on the W&M Debate Society and I was captain of my HS debate team. In terms of speaking positions, I tend to go for PM/MO. Outside of debate, I am in Women in Business and Tribetones A Cappella. I look forward to working to improve gender equality in the league, and make APDA more inclusive over all.


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