Beyond Resolved is a student-led organization that advocates for all marginalized groups in high school speech and debate by raising awareness of often overlooked disparities, creating inclusive spaces, and increasing access to resources.








Participants at the Lexington Debate Tournament in November 2019 show their support for gender equality by using pink legal pads.








WHAT DO WE DO?

Our mission is fairly simple: to create a more integrated debate community that is inclusive and accepting towards all genders. In order to accomplish our goals, we run over 12 initiatives with the aid of 100+ volunteer members.


Beyond Resolved began in the summer of 2018 with a weekly blog aimed at raising discussion, discourse, and awareness about the issues in our communities. Anyone is free to submit an article.

Beyond Resolved has recently begun a mental health initiative to create a safe space for the competitive cut-throat environments that debate can foster.

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

Our second initiative became the Hall of Fame, where we collect statistics for tournaments throughout the nation and reach out to women and gender minorities to celebrate their successes. From these initiatives came our Hall of Shame, a physical representation of the comments that women and gender minorities can receive in this space, and the Hall of Appreciation, a wholesome page of love for the people that make our community better.

Most recent posts:

  • MIXING ADOLESCENCE AND THE 1AC BY ENYA PINJANI
    By: “A Girl in Texas LD” Regardless of what circuit or team you’re from, one constant which we can all attest to is that we are growing into adults within the community that we call high school speech and debate.…
  • DIY DEBATE MEMORY BOX
    By Esme Longley With the coronavirus shock cancelling the few remaining tournaments, many of us seniors have reached the end of our debate careers. Personally, I was not ready to say goodbye to the empowerment, the argumentation, the community —…
  • TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
    By: Lydia Haindfield, Joy Yochem, Bailie Schaefer, & Anonymous Compiled by: Sydney Fritz There is no argument within these words; they are not meant to change you, and they are not pointing towards any grand conclusion. What they are is…

MENTORSHIP


Our free mentorship program operates year-round, and operates for more than just women and gender minorities in this activity. With this initiative, we aim to provide guidance and role models to marginalized debaters in toxic environments.


OUR REVOLUTIONARY ONLINE CAMP

We ran a free online debate workshop in the summer of 2019 to combat financial inequities that summer institutions create in debate.

This year, Beyond Resolved is offering a more in-depth curriculum with our new online camp (the BRi), with a tuition of $100, to allow pay for our hardworking volunteers.

COACHING DATABASE

Not to be mistaken for our free coaching service, our PF coaching database aims to provide a centralized list of coaches that are looking to be hired. This allows programs that are looking for coaches to find one, and for students to look through a centralized resource to find the most affordable option.

WE BELIEVE IN ACCESSIBILITY


Debate is an expensive activity for many. Thus we have a commitment to centralizing free educational resources on our Educational Resources page, and we release a brief every PF topic to break down arguments ran at national tournaments to provide valuable resources to people without access to countless tournaments.

DIGITAL PRACTICES

An ongoing effort to offer debate practices as schools close down.

FREE COACHING


Our Free Coaching program is currently halted, but aims to provide free office-hour coaching for debaters that can’t afford coaching.

Connect, Debate, Empower.

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