The 24th Annual Hurricane Debate Institute 2015

Summer Speech and Debate Camps
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

June 8 - June 26, 2015

Questions? Please call 305-281-2705 or email

Drawn by HDI campers

The University of Miami Debate Team invites Middle School and High School students of all experience levels to participate in the 24th Hurricane Debate Institute offering instruction and practice in: Middle School Speech and Argument Skills, High School Speech and Argument Skills, Public Forum, Policy Debate, Student Congress, and Lincoln-Douglas.

The Hurricane Debate Institute is an official University of Miami program sponsored by the School of Communication.

The University of Miami Debate Team is currently ranked 4th in the American Debate Association (ADA) & 22nd in the Cross Examination Debate Association's (CEDA) national rankings!

The UM Debate Team won the Novice division at the Georgia State University Tournament, the University of Kentucky Tournament and the Indiana University Tournament. The Debate Team also won the Junior Varsity division at the Samford University Tournament and were Finalists at the Pan American Debating Championships.

UM Debate Team at the Naval Academy Tournament

Institute Philosophy

We believe that no other educational activity is as rewarding as participation in debate. Debate and competitive speaking are fun and exciting. Debaters learn best by debating. Speakers learn best by speaking. We work to create a comfortable environment where students can learn by doing, with the guidance of caring and experienced instructors. Our focus at the Hurricane Debate Institute is to engage personal development of logic, research abilities and independence that will create an effective debater and public speaker that can effectively communicate in any given situation.


Dates and Tuition

Week 1 - June 8 - 12
Week 2 - June 15 - 19
Week 3 - June 22 - 26

Times: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Tuition information can be found by clicking on the hyperlinked programs above. Tuition depends on the specific program the student is participating in. REGISTER & GET YOUR DEPOSITS IN EARLY! There is an early bird discount for all programs!

Tuition includes quality instruction and materials that are unique to the Hurricane Debate Institute. Students will receive written assessments of their skills and areas for improvement. Students will also receive a t-shirt and certificate of completion. Lunch and snacks will be provided daily.

Application & Deposit


Applications can be emailed to They may be faxed to 305-284-5216. Applications can be mailed to the P.O. Box below.

Registration is not complete until an application and non-refundable deposit of $100 has been received.


Checks: Please make all checks payable to "UM Debate". We also accept all major credit cards by phone or in person, please contact Leandra Lopez at 305-281-2705.

Credit Cards: We accept all major credit cards by phone or in person. Unfortunately, we cannot take credit cards over the internet at this time, although we are working hard to add this feature. For added security, UM needs your signed permission to charge your card for the camp. The credit card acceptance form it attached to the application above. Please contact Leandra Lopez at 305-281-2705 if you want to pay by credit card.

Mail applications and deposits to:

Patrick Waldinger
P.O. Box 248127
Coral Gables, FL 33124


David Steinberg, Founder of the Hurricane Debate Institute

Professor Steinberg is the Director of Debate for the award-winning UM Debate Team since 1990 and faculty advisor for Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha National Honorary Society. Involved in competitive debate since 1971, Steinberg has coached debate at Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee, Penn State University, George Mason University, and Towson State University. He is a past President of the Cross Examination Debate Association and co-author of the best-selling textbook Argumentation and Debate: Critical Thinking for Reasoned Decision Making, now in its 13th Edition. Steinberg has taught public speaking to university students as well as corporate managers for 30 years, and has been a Cub Scout den leader and YMCA sports coach.

Leandra Lopez, Co-Director and Instructor

Leandra Lopez is the Debate Coach at Ransom Everglades. Ransom Everglades competes in various forms of debate: Policy, Public Forum, Extemp, Speech Events and Congress. As debater in college, Leandra qualified to the National Debate Tournament and was a Double-Octofinalist at the Cross Examination Debate Association's National Tournament. Leandra also won and was top speaker at the Liberty University debate tournament. She previously coached for Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, the only all-girls nationally competitive policy debate team in the country. Leandra has taught at debate institutes for the last four summers including the Harvard Debate Council Workshops, the Capitol Classic and the HDI.

Patrick Waldinger, Co-Director and Instructor

Patrick was hired in 2013 to be The University of Miami's Assistant Director of Debate and a Lecturer in the School of Communication. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Patrick served as the Debate Coach and Lecturer in Communication at Boston College for 8 years. During that time, his teams won twenty tournaments, including the 2009 Junior Varsity American Debate Association (ADA) National Tournament hosted at Vanderbilt University, and qualified seven teams to the National Debate Tournament (NDT). As a debater, Patrick won several tournaments including the 2003 Varsity ADA National Championship hosted at Boston College and was a two-time qualifier to the NDT. This past summer, he taught public speaking, policy debate and public forum at UM's own Hurricane Debate Institute (HDI) and the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshop. In the past, Patrick has also taught at the Capitol Classic, the Wake Forest Debate Workshop and the Spartan Debate Institute. Patrick is currently the Topic Representative for the American Debate Association and is on the Board of Directors for Dade Debate, Inc.

Randall Martinez, Assistant Director and Instructor

Randall Martinez is currently a Ph.D student in Communication Studies at the University of Miami. Randall is a former debater from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida. He has coached several high school programs throughout the years including Christopher Columbus High School, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Lake Mary Preparatory, Monsignor Pace High School and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. As a high school coach he was recognized as a diamond coach by the National Forensic League, coached the Tournament of Champions winner of 2009, and was the assistant director of the Hurricane Debate Institute for the last six years. He also serves as the secretary for the forensics and argumentation division of the Southern States Communication Association.

UM Debate Team in the School of Communication Courtyard

Questions? Please call 305-281-2705 or email