Stanford Invitational Tournament

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3-Week Beginners' Policy Experience

The 3-Week Beginners' Policy Experience extends the 2-Week Core Beginners' Policy Program.  During the third week, students engage in practice debates with students in the 3-Week Core Policy Program to begin the process of transitioning to regular competition that they will face during the year and continue their preparation for the upcoming debate season!

2018 3-Week Beginners' Policy Experience Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2018 staff

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.

2017 3-Week Beginners' Policy Experience Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Elsa Givan (Policy Instructor)

Elsa Givan, Policy Instructor

Elsa is currently a debater at Georgetown University and a student in their School of Foreign Service.  Prior to Georgetown, Elsa debated for the College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA.  In 2013, she was the Top Speaker and Semi-finalist at the National Forensic League National Championship, Third Speaker and Octafinalist at the Tournament of Champions, and Champion of the Golden Desert Tournament.  In 2012, Elsa and her partner were finalists at the 2012 National Forensic League National Championship.  In addition, to these successes Elsa has cleared and/or received a top 10 speaker award at every major national tournament she's attended.  She is an alumnus of the Sophomore Scholars program at SNFI and this will be her second summer as an instructor.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Ian Beier (Policy Instructor)

Ian Beier, Policy Instructor

Ian Beier is currently a PhD student and assistant coach at the University of Kansas and the College Preparatory School. In 2017, KU cleared three teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament and had one team in the quarter finals of the tournament. In 2016, KU qualified three teams to the National Debate Tournament and made it to the finals of the tournament. From 2013-2015, he coached at Damien High School. During this time, the debate team remained competitively successful and cleared at several national tournaments. In 2015, Damien High School made it to finals of the National Forensics League tournament.  Prior to his time at Damien, Ian was the Assistant Director of Debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 2010 to 2013. During that time, UNLV qualified six teams to the National Debate Tournament, qualifying with the top seed in the district in both 2012 and 2013.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 15th - Aug 4th 9th-12th Stanford University $3,250.00 – $4,195.00
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