The University of Miami Debate Team is a co-curricular activity sponsored by the School of Communication. Participation is open to any undergraduate student. The team travels nationally to compete in various intercollegiate tournaments each academic year. The University of Miami is a member of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA), The National Debate Tournament (NDT), the American Debate Association (ADA) and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha national forensics honorary (DSR-TKA). Team members have the option to compete in two-person policy debate, British Parliamentary two-person debate, or the team Worlds debating format. The team also hosts on campus events including public debates, intercollegiate tournaments, presidential debate viewing parties, a high school summer workshop and high school policy debate tournaments.
The Debate Team has a long and respected tradition and consistently brings national recognition to the University. UM debaters have won National Championships (1953 & 1996), participated in late elimination rounds at the CEDA National Championship Tournament and the National Debate Tournament, as well as been selected numerous times as members of the CEDA All-American Debate Team.
The UM Debate Team is currently staffed by Director of Debate, David L. Steinberg and Assistant Coaches Joseph Graziano and Randall Martinez. Students are carefully guided through the preparation, practice and tournament process. Research and preparation continue year-round, although the travel season is from September to April. Course credit and early registration are available for debate participants.
The UM Debate team operates under the premise that intercollegiate debate is a uniquely rewarding educational experience, enhanced by competitive success and ethical conduct. Commitment and excellence are the foundation of a quality program. Debate is an activity designed to enhance the student's academic experience and to complement the curriculum.
Joining the Team
The debate team welcomes undergraduate students from all colleges and departments on campus. High school debate experience is helpful, but not essential for prospective debaters. There are no "try-outs" or auditions for the debate team. Students earn the privileges of coaching time and team travel not by the awards they win, but by the work and commitment they dedicate to team activities.
The team meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (when not at competitions) in the School of Communication International Building (CIB) 4051. Additional meetings and practices are scheduled as needed. Students who attend the meeting are eligible for course credit by signing up for COS 304. Meetings begin at 3:35 pm. New members and interested UM students are always welcome throughout the year.
The UM Debate team squad room is room 2056 in the School of Communication International Building (CIB 2056). The squad room is a useful place to meet, practice, work, and organize and store debate materials. Access to the room is for members of the debate team only.
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