Your Residence Staff

The Harvard Debate Council believes it is important to immerse students in a safe, supportive, and structured atmosphere that balances the rigor of learning with fun and free time in one of the oldest academic atmospheres in America!

About the Residence Staff

Sherry Hall

Workshop Director

Sherry is a lifelong debate coach, serving as Coach of Debate at Harvard University since 1987. She maintains an active presence in the high school forensics community where she has taught at many summer debate camps, directed the Harvard National Invitational Forensics Tournament, and served as editor-in-chief of Planet Debate. Sherry is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament and spearheads the latter’s Healthy Debater Initiative.


Kim Shanahan

Residence Director

Kim is a longtime teacher and debate coach from Dracut, MA. She currently teaches at the Lowell Community Charter Public School, where she has worked for 13 years. Moreover, she was an instructor at the Wake Forest Summer Debate Workshop for 20 years. Kim is uniquely qualified both professionally as a teacher and mother to ensure the safety and well being of our students at HDCSW.