Theories of Power and Resistance Lab

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We offer two sessions of TOPR to students interested in expanding their knowledge and skill of alternative approaches to policy debate. This will include a focus on both theory and performance.

Session 2 | July 17th – August 4th, 2019 

Residential tuition for either session is $2,025 (includes dorm stay & all meals); Commuter rate is $1,645 (must live <35 mi. from UT)

2019 TOPR Staff

UTNIF '19 Policy Curriculum Director

LaToya Green has 14 years of experience in competitive policy debate. Ms. Green experienced significant success in the five years she competed at Emporia State University, most notably earning ESU’s first individual speaker award in 50 years at the National Debate Tournament (NDT) in 2011 and being awarded the prestigious Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) “Debater of the Year” award in 2012, her final season. After competing, Ms. Green turned to coaching by accepting a graduate assistantship at Wake Forest University. The assistant coaching experience earned at WFU provided Ms. Green the opportunity to return to her alma mater, ESU, in 2014 as Director of Debate, before transitioning into the same role at Cal State Fullerton in Fall 2015. Ms. Green, who is the youngest director of debate in the country, has experienced competitive success in all divisions of the activity. During her short tenure as a director, she has been recognized as CEDA Mid-America Critic of the Year (2015), Coach of the Year (Weber State- 2015), and as the 2017 recipient of the Galentine Award, which recognizes exceptional women in coaching.


Taylor Brough is currently pursuing her Masters of Communication at Wake Forest University, where she also coaches debate as a graduate assistant. Before coming to Wake, she coached at the University of Southern California, and before that, at Stanford University. Taylor has a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Vermont. While debating for Vermont, Taylor received a first-round at large bid to the National Debate Tournament and won CEDA Nationals with her team, Vermont BL. She won second speaker at the 2016 NDT. As a coach, Taylor has been involved with the successes of numerous college policy debate teams, most notably USC BL and Wake EF. She has worked with debaters at all levels of skill and experience, in college, high school, and middle school. This will be Taylor’s tenth year of involvement in policy debate and third year with the UTNIF. Last summer, she helped lead an innovative new lab, Theories of Power and Resistance, or TOPr, which provided a unique and intensive lab experience for UTNIF campers. Taylor hopes that UTNIF innovation continues this summer and looks forward to creatively researching and thinking about arms sales.

*Staff lists are evolving and not final. UTNIF may move staff into different programs and/or staff may ultimately not attend Summer 2019. This is a tentative list only!

Students attending UTNIF camps must be at least 13 years of age to stay as residents in the dorm. Students who are not 13 may be able to attend as commuters, with prior permission from the camp director.