Houston Speech and Debate
The Speech and Debate Program at the University of Houston resides within UH’s award-winning Honors College. More than merely an opportunity for intercollegiate competition, the Program is founded on three pillars:
Speech & Debate achieves competitive success at National and regional Debate & Forensics tournaments. These competitive opportunities are available for students at all levels of debate or speech experience. By building upon the strong academic foundation available to University of Houston students, the program will aim to consistently succeed at the highest competitive levels, particularly against Top-Tier Research Universities.
The co-curricular partnership of academic and student programs enables students to succeed in the classes and after graduation. Additionally, the program creates active student engagement across the campus by prompting students to engage in intellectual questions, debates and discussion.
The Speech & Debate program focuses community engagement on areas of student and staff expertise – debate education. Debate is a particularly important skill for many students, particularly those at-risk. The Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) has worked to build a growing non-profit education resource for students in HISD. Debate outreach from the University of Houston supports debate as a premier pathway to college in partnership with the HUDL.
UH Debate History
Debate competition began at the University of Houston in 1949 and was an early leader in the development of collegiate debate, creating a tradition of competitive success, argument innovation and community support. Historically, the strength of the debate program translated into student success, debate alumni have gone on to become regional and national leaders, including CEOs, justices on the Texas Supreme Court, national political candidates, and much more.
The mission of the Speech & Debate program is to support meaningful competitive and academic success for University of Houston Students. It achieves these goals by:
- Enabling competitive success at the highest-level of Debate and Speech tournaments.
- Providing coaching resources to students in Debate and Individual Events.
- Creating opportunities for community engaged learning in outreach with advocacy and debate organizations.
The benefits to the students are access to competition, academic support and qualified coaches. Additionally, the co-curricular nature of Forensics competition creates incentives for academic engagement outside of the classroom that will support student success.
Dispatches from the Den
We have created a simple survey about what teams competing at the districts have done at their last tournament and emailed the judges whose contact info I had or could find. I’m making the results public because I thought it just might save everyone some time and also is a lot to ask for just […]
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Eric & Tanweer are affirming v. Cal Berkeley #GoCoogs Also Eric was 3rd speaker!