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Beyond Resolved is a student-run organization that aims to connect, empower, and fight for female-presenting/identifying and nonbinary people in the niche of high school debate. Our mission is fairly simple: we want to create a more integrated debate community that is inclusive and accepting towards all genders. As we go into our second year, we have officially expanded from 20 members of our organization to 100+.

While our main focus is addressing the issues facing female-presenting/identifying and nonbinary people in debate, we also run initiatives to equalize access in the debate community for people of all genders.

Photo from the 2018 Westfield-NYCUDL Girls Round Robin. The shirts read “I debate like a girl…try to keep up.”

So, what *exactly* do we do?

  1. We run a weekly blog that we hope will raise discussion, discourse, and awareness about the issues in the community. Anyone can send us an article to be posted on our website (Email us at contact.beyondresolved@gmail.com). It can anonymous if you please, and we are happy to provide edits if you would like.
  2. We ran a free online debate workshop in the summer of 2019, and we will be running another online institute this summer. Stay tuned for more info!
  3. We also run a free coaching service throughout the year for debaters and speechies in a variety of events.
  4. We have a mentorship program year-round– in order to provide guidance and role models to marginalized people in a toxic environment.
  5. We have an educational resources page, to centralize information to help better accessibility, as debate is an incredibly expensive activity.
  6. We maintain a database of coaches who are willing to work with a variety of debate programs.
  7. We ran an online womxn’s tournament last year, as all-womxn tournaments are a great place to connect and empower womxn and gender minorities in this community. We are in the planning stage for a physical all-womxn tournament at the Quarry Lane School in CA.
  8. We run a Hall of Fame– where we collect statistics for tournaments throughout the nation and reach out to women and gender minorities to celebrate their successes. To nominate someone, go here.
  9. We also have other anonymous submissions pages called the Hall of Shame and Hall of Appreciation. Learn more about the initiatives here.
  10. We have an anonymous Ask page for any questions you have or advice that you might need.
  11. We have held meetups at tournaments such as Emory and in New York City, and plan to start up regular meetups across the country.
  12. We have a free sticker initiative to help connect and empower the community towards a goal to make this activity more inclusive. Request yours here.
Participants at the Lexington Debate Tournament in November 2019 show their support for gender equality by using pink legal pads.

How can you be involved?

  1. You can apply to join our team – check out the Apply page!
  2. You can write for our blog! Send blogposts to our email: contact.beyondresolved@gmail.com. 
  3. You can apply to be a part of our mentor program as a mentor OR mentee. Check out the Mentor Program page on our website.
  4. You can follow us on Instagram (@beyondresolved), Facebook (Beyond Resolved), or sign up for email updates on our home page!
  5. You can contact us just to chat about any issues through any of our social media or the Ask page!
  6. You can put in feedback on our “WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER” page of our website.
  7. You can sign up for the Beyond Resolved Institute as a student, or apply as an instructor!

Our mission is fairly simple, but tackles a lot of complex issues: we want to create a more integrated debate community that is inclusive and accepting towards all genders in every aspect of the activity.