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Staff for MDAW

2017 Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop Faculty and Administrators

Dr. David Cram Helwich, Camp Director: Dave is the Director of Debate at the University of Minnesota. He has been actively involved in debate for over 20 years, including the last 15 as a full-time college coach, where he has cleared teams at almost every major intercollegiate tournament, including the NDT. He also has considerable high school and collegiate institute experience, including founding two high school debate workshops (MDAW and the Wyoming Forensics Institute) and serving as a lab leader for the past 15 summers.

Travis Ormsby: Travis is the Program Director of the Minnesota Urban Debate League.  Previously, he was a social studies teacher at Johnson High School and Central High School in St. Paul for 9 years.  He debated as a high school student and coached Central’s debate team last year, where he won the MNUDL’s Teacher-Coach of the Year award.  Travis’ major area of interest is how competitive policy debate can increase students’ engagement with school and build relationships between young people and caring adults.

Jake Swede: Jake is the Program Associate of the Minnesota Urban Debate League. He debated at a nationally competitive level in high school for Mankato West and in college for the University of Minnesota. As a former student of the first MDAW, Jake is very excited to return full circle as a lab instructor.  Jake’s major area of interest is how policy debate can help students develop the intellectual tools to be critical of their beliefs and situation in life.

Austin Alhman: Austin is a Program Assistant for the Urban Debate League through Macalester College’s Bonner Scholars Program, as well as a coach for St. Paul Central High School. He currently attends Macalester College and is planning to major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as Political Science. While in high school, he competed heavily in speech and debate, proceeding to outrounds at multiple state and national tournaments. As a first-generation college student from a working-class background, he is excited to help share and explore the transformative power of debate with students.

Alix Dahl: Alix is a teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools, and this will be her fifth year working at MDAW. She was a state-qualifying debater in high school, and went on to coach at Roseville Area High School for four years. Alix is a graduate of Hamline University with degrees in ESL Education, Political Science, and Applied Linguistics. She is very excited for MDAW 2017, especially with a debate topic aligning so closely with her profession – education policy.

Rohit Asirvatham: Rohit has debated for 4 years at the University of Minnesota. He has qualified to the NDT twice and cleared at several national intercollegiate tournaments. Rohit has coached at Como Park High School for the past 3 years. This will be his third year as a lab leader at MDAW.

Nicholas Oberly: Nick is a debate coach at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. He debated in high school at Minneapolis South and in college at the University of Chicago. After graduating, Nick completed a two year commitment in Teach for America in the New York City Corps. Nick’s major interest in policy debate centers on the potential of the activity to teach students how to think critically and express themselves.

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If you wish to submit an application to be RA staff and/or Lab Assistants, please use this link to apply:

MDAW 2017 RA and Lab Assistant Application

Please return the form to williamg@augsburg.edu.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2016.


Middle School Camp

Travis Ormsby, Camp Director: Travis is the Program Director of the Minnesota Urban Debate League.  Previously, he was a social studies teacher at Johnson High School and Central High School in St. Paul for 9 years.  He debated as a high school student and coached Central’s debate team last year, where he won the MNUDL’s Teacher-Coach of the Year award.  Travis’ major area of interest is how competitive policy debate can increase students’ engagement with school and build relationships between young people and caring adults.

Jake Swede, Associate Camp Director: Jake is the Program Associate of the Minnesota Urban Debate League. He debated at a nationally competitive level in high school for Mankato West and in college for the University of Minnesota. As a former student of the first MDAW, Jake is very excited to return full circle as a lab instructor.  Jake’s major area of interest is how policy debate can help students develop the intellectual tools to be critical of their beliefs and situation in life.

Alix Dahl: Alix is a teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools, and this will be her fifth year working at MDAW. She was a state-qualifying debater in high school, and went on to coach at Roseville Area High School for four years. Alix is a graduate of Hamline University with degrees in ESL Education, Political Science, and Applied Linguistics. She is very excited for MDAW 2017, especially with a debate topic aligning so closely with her profession – education policy.


Residential and Community Life

Avi Munoz, Director of Res. Life: Avi comes to the MDAW with seven years of experience working at debate camps, including three years as the director of residential life at the University of Texas National Institute in Forensics. Avi debated in college for the University of Southern California, where he qualified to the NDT and cleared to elimination rounds at the CEDA National Tournament. Avi has coached high school debate in California and in Minnesota, most recently at Highland Park in St. Paul, and does some occasional coaching for the University of Minnesota debate team.

Never Rose, Senior RA: Never Rose is a first year debater at Kansas City Community College. They debated previously at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Never is a returning resident assistant and is very excited to work with returning and new students. Never primarily works with arguments about gender and hopes to make this year’s camp a space where a myriad of performances are affirmed.

Aleda Hoover, RA: Aleda was in debate for two years during high school. During that time she made it to state finals as a novice, and in varsity her and her partner managed to qualify for nationals. She will be going to Minneapolis Community and Technical College in the fall.


Administrative Staff

Amy Cram Helwich, Executive Director: Amy is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, and the administrative director for camp. Amy is the person to talk to about scholarships, registration, and general questions about camp. During camp, Amy is the person to talk to you if you are having trouble reaching your child or if you want to take your child off campus for a dinner out or other appointment. This will be her sixth MDAW. Amy has over 13 years in non-profit management and youth development, prior experience including: Women’s Foundation of MN, Children’s Safety Centers, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration, a B.S. in Political Science, and debated in both high school and college.

Genesia Williams, Administrative & Program Assistant: Genesia, will be the main contact for questions and concerns about camp.

She can be reached at 612-330-1730 or at williamg@augsburg.edu


 

Art of Persuasion

This unit will not be offered this year.