The Lafayette Society



Who We Are:

The Lafayette Society is the Institute’s premier student initiative which creates an environment for debates on global issues linked to liberal democracy and their application to policy in the 21st century. The Society is reigniting an old Institute tradition this spring semester: a public student-led debate hosted by the Graduate Institute from the Ivan Pictet Auditorium to International Geneva and eventually the world.

Our Values:

The Lafayette Society is committed to empowering the Graduate Institute’s incredibly talented student body to examine key debates in liberal democracies and their application in the challenging environment that we find ourselves in today following the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by the legacy of Marquis de Lafayette, we will engage in the exchange of ideas in the spirit of empathy so that we all may push – not one thinker or one ideology – but each other closer to the truth.

Our Mission:

We aspire for the Spring Debate to become the preeminent annual student debate in International Geneva and an annual tradition for students, faculty and the broader Geneva community to critically engage on pressing issues of today and tomorrow. We are excited to invite Institute students to gain from debate training and to form teams for the historic event.

Debate Commission Leadership:

Jarrod Suda and Miguel Carricas are the founding members and co-presidents of the Lafayette Society.

Miguel Carricas and Alexandre Maaza design the long-term foundations for the Spring Debate and conduct outreach with Institute professors, faculty, and nearby Geneva institutions.

Kyle de Klerk, Becky Mikova, and Jarrod Suda craft the structure & style of the debate and prepare the debate training curriculum for participants.

Lafayette Ambassador Leadership:

Mathilde Pasta, our creative director, leads our collaboration with the Graduate Press and manages the Lafayette Society’s website.

Gugo Tadevosyan plans educational events with faculty & other initiatives and coordinates the spring debate training. He works on Lafayette’s social media campaigns.

Monalee Gibbs engages with leadership at the Albert Hirschman Center for Democracy, Lafayette’s close partner, to bring members in touch with the Centre’s activities, which include the Democracy in Question podcast and the Democracy Reading Group.

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