The APDA Diversity Initiative was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of and to combat issues faced by people of color on the league, as well as to give back to our respective communities. DI seeks to empower all minorities in the APDA community, to educate the APDA community about the problems they face, and to pursue a climate of equal opportunity for all races and ethnicities. While DI’s focus is on issues of race and ethnicity, our mission is intersectional. We stand with our APDA community members who are of low socioeconomic status, who have social, emotional, or learning disabilities, who identify as religious minorities, and who come from nontraditional family structures. Moreover, we seek to empower youth through debate, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our current and past projects include a guide to opportunities for teaching debate in disenfranchised areas, a guide on how to recruit and retain debaters of color, and multiple reflection and discussion space workshops at tournaments. Please reach out to any of us with any questions you might have about diversity and racial/ethnic equity on the league.