National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

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The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) seeks to increase the participation of urban students in policy debate, an academic competition that motivates students to improve their academic achievement and to graduate high school ready for college and careers. The NAUDL creates and supports Urban Debate Leagues that serve 22 cities and over 9,000 students yearly. It works in school districts with approximately 84% minority and 72% low-income student populations.

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11/02/2021
I RESOLVE 2020-21 Highlights

Our public debate series, I RESOLVE, kicks off for it's second year in one week! Check out some highlights from last year's event and then register to join us for an evening showcasing debaters and community experts discussing important local issues.

The events are free to attend, sign up for your ticket at the links below:

11/9 - I RESOLVE Tulsa - https://bit.ly/IRESOLVE-Tulsa
11/10 - I RESOLVE Silicon Valley - https://bit.ly/IRESOLVE-SVUDL
11/15 - I RESOLVE Houston - https://bit.ly/IRESOLVE-Houston
11/18 - I RESOLVE LA - https://bit.ly/IRESOLVE-LA

The 2022-23 policy debate topic will be either Climate Change or Emerging Technology. Which one do you prefer?Resolved: ...
10/22/2021

The 2022-23 policy debate topic will be either Climate Change or Emerging Technology. Which one do you prefer?

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its support of multilateral greenhouse gas emission reduction regimes.

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

The 2022-23 policy debate topic will be either Climate Change or Emerging Technology. Which one do you prefer?

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its support of multilateral greenhouse gas emission reduction regimes.

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

It's always helpful to take some time as a team to reflect, reset and reimagine our work. We are grateful for the time w...
10/15/2021

It's always helpful to take some time as a team to reflect, reset and reimagine our work. We are grateful for the time we spent with The Radical Optimist Collective's Lisa Flick Wilson and Shakita Jones this week!

It's always helpful to take some time as a team to reflect, reset and reimagine our work. We are grateful for the time we spent with The Radical Optimist Collective's Lisa Flick Wilson and Shakita Jones this week!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are grateful for this particularly personal perspective on the power of ...
10/12/2021
Perspective: Never Deny Your Own Intuition | Urban Debate

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are grateful for this particularly personal perspective on the power of research, critical thought and personal advocacy from our Executive Director, Rhonda Haynes

Find a LeagueHome PageNews The Power of Research, Critical thought and Self-Advocacy October 8, 2021 – Every so often, NAUDL introduces a “Perspective” essay on how debate skills matter in “real life.” In these pieces, the author shares a particular experience wherein some of the most crit...

Are you a Junior or Senior debating in an urban debate league? Do you have questions about debating in college? Join us ...
10/05/2021

Are you a Junior or Senior debating in an urban debate league? Do you have questions about debating in college?

Join us and more than 20 college Directors of Debate and Forensics for our FREE virtual College Connector tomorrow!

Sign up: https://hopin.com/events/naudl-college-connector-2021

Are you a Junior or Senior debating in an urban debate league? Do you have questions about debating in college?

Join us and more than 20 college Directors of Debate and Forensics for our FREE virtual College Connector tomorrow!

Sign up: https://hopin.com/events/naudl-college-connector-2021

Congratulations to this season's Leonard A. Gail National Debate Expo Round Robin Champions: Andrew Subingsubing & Jokim...
10/03/2021

Congratulations to this season's Leonard A. Gail National Debate Expo Round Robin Champions: Andrew Subingsubing & Jokim Bryant from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League and Harbor Teacher Preparatory Academy!

Andrew and Jokim were also the top two speakers. They defeated the Atlanta Urban Debate League's Decatur High School on a 2-1 decision in finals.

Congratulations to this season's Leonard A. Gail National Debate Expo Round Robin Champions: Andrew Subingsubing & Jokim Bryant from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League and Harbor Teacher Preparatory Academy!

Andrew and Jokim were also the top two speakers. They defeated the Atlanta Urban Debate League's Decatur High School on a 2-1 decision in finals.

Our Final Round in the National Debate Expo Round Robin is underway! Congratulations to Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate ...
10/03/2021

Our Final Round in the National Debate Expo Round Robin is underway! Congratulations to Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League's DRAV Harbor Tech & Atlanta Urban Debate League's Decatur High School for making it to the finals!

Harbor Tech is Aff

Our Final Round in the National Debate Expo Round Robin is underway! Congratulations to Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League's DRAV Harbor Tech & Atlanta Urban Debate League's Decatur High School for making it to the finals!

Harbor Tech is Aff

Our National Debate Expo weekend has been such an inspiring kickoff to the season. Round 5 of the Round Robin is under w...
10/03/2021

Our National Debate Expo weekend has been such an inspiring kickoff to the season. Round 5 of the Round Robin is under way, our Learning Track debaters are redoing speeches from earlier in the weekend, & our coaches are learning so much in our PD track!

Stay tuned to learn who's in Finals and thank you to all the alumni who worked with us to make it possible this weekend!

Our National Debate Expo weekend has been such an inspiring kickoff to the season. Round 5 of the Round Robin is under way, our Learning Track debaters are redoing speeches from earlier in the weekend, & our coaches are learning so much in our PD track!

Stay tuned to learn who's in Finals and thank you to all the alumni who worked with us to make it possible this weekend!

Social media's impact on teens' mental health has been in the headlines & there's never been a better time to hear what ...
09/28/2021

Social media's impact on teens' mental health has been in the headlines & there's never been a better time to hear what students have to say on the subject.

Really proud of the debaters from the Boston Debate League
& the Washington Urban Debate League - WUDL for using their voices on this important issue during this public debate hosted by The Social Dilemma

Social media's impact on teens' mental health has been in the headlines & there's never been a better time to hear what students have to say on the subject.

Really proud of the debaters from the Boston Debate League
& the Washington Urban Debate League - WUDL for using their voices on this important issue during this public debate hosted by The Social Dilemma

Director of Programs and Communications Sara Sanchez reflects on the annual policy debate topic meeting and how the Wash...
09/01/2021
Program Perspective: A Student-Centered Approach To The Topic Meeting | Urban Debate

Director of Programs and Communications Sara Sanchez reflects on the annual policy debate topic meeting and how the Washington Urban Debate League - WUDL developed a different approach this year that resulted in more a student-centered approach to the topic.

https://urbandebate.org/annual-topic/

Find a LeagueHome PageNews Behind the Scenes on how the yearly policy debate topic is selected August 30, 2021 – Each summer, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) facilitates the Policy Debate Topic Selection Meeting to finalize the ballot for the subsequent season’s ...

2021 Fellow Spotlight - Nik Stamenkovic Diez"My experience has been motivating & encouraging. Producing core files for t...
08/24/2021

2021 Fellow Spotlight - Nik Stamenkovic Diez

"My experience has been motivating & encouraging. Producing core files for the upcoming water topic has me even more excited for the season & finding ways new debaters can be passionate about this topic has been extremely rewarding."

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2021 Fellow Spotlight - Nik Stamenkovic Diez

"My experience has been motivating & encouraging. Producing core files for the upcoming water topic has me even more excited for the season & finding ways new debaters can be passionate about this topic has been extremely rewarding."

Chicago Debates White & Case LLP Northwestern University Washington Urban Debate League - WUDL

2021 Fellow Spotlight - Natty De Leon "Learning grant research and doing outreach for our summer camp has been so gratif...
08/23/2021

2021 Fellow Spotlight - Natty De Leon

"Learning grant research and doing outreach for our summer camp has been so gratifying for me! Now that our camp is days away, I am really excited to see all of our hard work come through and to continue supporting the WUDL community."

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2021 Fellow Spotlight - Natty De Leon

"Learning grant research and doing outreach for our summer camp has been so gratifying for me! Now that our camp is days away, I am really excited to see all of our hard work come through and to continue supporting the WUDL community."

Miami Dade Urban Debate League - MDUDL Mount Holyoke College White & Case LLP Washington Urban Debate League - WUDL

We are thrilled to share this Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative feature by our Executive Director @rh...
08/19/2021
SPNM Perspectives: Rhonda Haynes, National Association for Urban Debate Leagues - Social Enterprise - Harvard Business School

We are thrilled to share this Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative feature by our Executive Director @rhondaphaynes on NAUDL's upcoming opportunities and how she'll bring her experience working with the @HBSExecutiveEducation program to benefit the #urbandebate network.

https://www.hbs.edu/socialenterprise/blog/post/spnm-perspectives-rhonda-haynes-naudl

Rhonda Haynes is Executive Director of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues and attended the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management – Virtual (SPNMV) Executive Education program at Harvard Business School in June. In the interview below, she discusses her experience in the pro...

Our White & Case LLP NAUDL Fellow, New York City Urban Debate League alum and current Sarah Lawerence sophomore Leslie P...
08/11/2021
Alumni Perspective: Debunking The Debate Archetype | Urban Debate

Our White & Case LLP NAUDL Fellow, New York City Urban Debate League alum and current Sarah Lawerence sophomore Leslie Pantaleon opens up about the pressure of the debater archetype and how she learned that debate truly is for everyone

Find a LeagueHome PageNews Connections remind us that we have always belonged August 10, 2021 – In debate interest meetings, the product being pitched is the “debate archetype”– well-spoken, outgoing, headstrong, and most importantly, not me. Admittedly, it’s a good product. This sale is s...

Your final five topics for the 2022-23 policy debate topic are: Climate Change, Geo-Political Crisis - Emerging Technolo...
08/08/2021

Your final five topics for the 2022-23 policy debate topic are: Climate Change, Geo-Political Crisis - Emerging Technologies, Global Health Security, Russia and Treaties.

Thanks to our hosts at the NFHS for running such a great process. Be on the lookout for how to vote for your favorite topics through your state and debate organizations this fall!

Your final five topics for the 2022-23 policy debate topic are: Climate Change, Geo-Political Crisis - Emerging Technologies, Global Health Security, Russia and Treaties.

Thanks to our hosts at the NFHS for running such a great process. Be on the lookout for how to vote for your favorite topics through your state and debate organizations this fall!

The wordings for the possible 2022-23 policy debate topics are set! We'll whittle these down to the top five for the fin...
08/07/2021

The wordings for the possible 2022-23 policy debate topics are set! We'll whittle these down to the top five for the final ballot tomorrow AM. Let us know what you think of the possible topics below:

The wordings for the possible 2022-23 policy debate topics are set! We'll whittle these down to the top five for the final ballot tomorrow AM. Let us know what you think of the possible topics below:

The following topics are on the agenda to be discussed at the policy debate topic meeting! Let us know what questions yo...
08/06/2021

The following topics are on the agenda to be discussed at the policy debate topic meeting! Let us know what questions you have in the comments.

The following topics are on the agenda to be discussed at the policy debate topic meeting! Let us know what questions you have in the comments.

Our Executive Director, Rhonda Haynes, reflects on the formative experience of her first internship and how we’re workin...
07/19/2021
Perspective: Insights And Lessons From The "First Internship" | Urban Debate

Our Executive Director, Rhonda Haynes, reflects on the formative experience of her first internship and how we’re working to replicate the most crucial elements of that early career learning into our 10-week long, paid White & Case LLP NAUDL Fellows program.

Find a LeagueHome Page News 2021 Fellows Get Different View of Urban Debate Network July 19, 2021 – If you have been following our work closely over the last 12 months, you will recall that NAUDL was thrilled to host the inaugural year of the NAUDL Fellows internship virtually last summer. We are ...

We are thrilled to announce a three-year partnership with White & Case LLP in support of our Fellows Program. This paid ...
07/13/2021

We are thrilled to announce a three-year partnership with White & Case LLP in support of our Fellows Program. This paid internship for #urbandebate league alumni provides career training and guidance and an opportunity to lead projects that benefit the network.

Learn more at: https://urbandebate.org/fellows/

We are thrilled to announce a three-year partnership with White & Case LLP in support of our Fellows Program. This paid internship for #urbandebate league alumni provides career training and guidance and an opportunity to lead projects that benefit the network.

Learn more at: https://urbandebate.org/fellows/

06/18/2021

We are so proud of the students from Alief Elsik! Great work!

We are so grateful to Citi Foundation, Dr. Briana Mezuk and Tomohiro M. Ko, for supporting and publishing the largest pe...
06/08/2021

We are so grateful to Citi Foundation, Dr. Briana Mezuk and Tomohiro M. Ko, for supporting and publishing the largest peer-reviewed study of US debaters ever! This study of 35,788 students, with a cohort of 1,145 Houston Urban Debate League debaters, provides the best data yet on the power of debate to improve student outcomes.

Check out the whole study today!

https://urbandebate.org/the-debate-impact/

We are so grateful to Citi Foundation, Dr. Briana Mezuk and Tomohiro M. Ko, for supporting and publishing the largest peer-reviewed study of US debaters ever! This study of 35,788 students, with a cohort of 1,145 Houston Urban Debate League debaters, provides the best data yet on the power of debate to improve student outcomes.

Check out the whole study today!

https://urbandebate.org/the-debate-impact/

This is incredibly helpful from the Spartan Debate Institutes
06/07/2021

This is incredibly helpful from the Spartan Debate Institutes

Our recent blog series had lots of information about applying to college as a debater but clocked in...a little long. We consolidated the information into one pay for easier reference. You can find the fill series and summary here: https://debate.msu.edu/about/blog.html

Just a reminder that applications for our *PAID* summer intern program close this week. The application deadline has bee...
05/11/2021

Just a reminder that applications for our *PAID* summer intern program close this week. The application deadline has been extended to Friday May 14. Apply at: http://bit.ly/Fellows2021App

Just a reminder that applications for our *PAID* summer intern program close this week. The application deadline has been extended to Friday May 14. Apply at: http://bit.ly/Fellows2021App

Our Executive Director, Rhonda Haynes, reflects on an inspiring April as we adapted our signature events and moved them ...
05/04/2021
Perspective: 'A Spirit Intact' | Urban Debate

Our Executive Director, Rhonda Haynes, reflects on an inspiring April as we adapted our signature events and moved them online

Find a LeagueHome Page News Elevating Debate April 30, 2021 – Springtime is here, and the season has already brought many blooms for our debate community to enjoy! NAUDL proudly presented the first-ever National Debate Expo April 15-18. This three-day event sought to “elevate debate” — and t...

We absolutely love this from the Denver Urban Debate League - be sure you check it out!
04/29/2021

We absolutely love this from the Denver Urban Debate League - be sure you check it out!

As Colorado Speech and Debate Month comes to a close, please join us as we showcase our students on Thursday night.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for #IRESOLVE - Tulsa last night. It was an inspired debate and dialogue on the need...
04/23/2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for #IRESOLVE - Tulsa last night. It was an inspired debate and dialogue on the need for reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. We are incredibly grateful to our Tulsa Debate League students and our esteemed panelists, John Rogers Jr. and Michele Roberts for elevating this timely conversation. #debate

Congratulations to the first ever Leonard A. Gail Champions of the National Debate Expo - Jordan Freeman and Aaron Gill ...
04/19/2021

Congratulations to the first ever Leonard A. Gail Champions of the National Debate Expo - Jordan Freeman and Aaron Gill from the
Atlanta Urban Debate League

Congratulations to the first ever Leonard A. Gail Champions of the National Debate Expo - Jordan Freeman and Aaron Gill from the
Atlanta Urban Debate League

As the Semi-Finals get underway we are so grateful to all of our presenters for this weekend who took time to share thei...
04/18/2021

As the Semi-Finals get underway we are so grateful to all of our presenters for this weekend who took time to share their debate expertise with our students, coaches and programming staff. Thank you all for your support of urban debate!

Also a HUGE thank you to MSU Debate for their support with a grant that covered platform costs for this weekend. #ElevateDebate

As the Semi-Finals get underway we are so grateful to all of our presenters for this weekend who took time to share their debate expertise with our students, coaches and programming staff. Thank you all for your support of urban debate!

Also a HUGE thank you to MSU Debate for their support with a grant that covered platform costs for this weekend. #ElevateDebate

The National Debate Expo festivities have begun with truly inspiring remarks from this year's Debater of the Year - Dana...
04/16/2021

The National Debate Expo festivities have begun with truly inspiring remarks from this year's Debater of the Year - Dana Agbede, two of our Alumni Fellows, and Keynote Speaker Doug Glanville, who aptly summed up the spirit of the network when he said:

"Debate is a place to build a coalition of ideas, even though someone may be crowned champion."

We are just getting started - be sure you're following along as our Round Robin, workshops and I RESOLVE demonstration debate get going tomorrow! #ElevateDebate #urbandebate

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Affiliated Urban Debate Leagues on Facebook: Atlanta Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34715713900 Bay Area Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21874654826 Boston Debate League http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581766199 Dallas Urban Debate Alliance http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dallas-Urban-Debate-Alliance/133003856718896?ref=ts Denver Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/pages/Denver-Urban-Debate-League/129872243593 Detroit Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=271881226493 Houston Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=118934537668 Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=57656037351 Memphis Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/pages/Memphis-Urban-Debate-League/10150144966525424 Minnesota Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minnesota-Urban-Debate-League/61143972674 Jersey Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/JerseyUDL Rhode Island Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhode-Island-Urban-Debate-League/168732981778 St. Louis Urban Debate League http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=67306828746

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