**The 2023 University of Miami’s Hurricane Debate Institute (HDI) instruction will be in person again at UM’s School of Communication on the Coral Gables Campus this summer! All rising 6-12 graders are invited to learn public speaking, improve their argumentation skills, and debate with us!**



he University of Miami Debate Team invites Middle School and High School students of all experience levels to participate in the 32nd Hurricane Debate Institute offering instruction and practice in: Public Speaking, Argumentation, Debate, and Public Forum.

The Hurricane Debate Institute is an official University of Miami summer camp sponsored by the School of Communication. The instructors are current and former professors, coaches, and debaters from the University of Miami.

The University of Miami Debate Team are the 2023 Social Justice Debates National Runners Up and the 2022 Champions of the ACC Debate Tournament!

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Patrick Waldinger is the Director of the Hurricane Debate Institute. Patrick is the Co-Director of Debate and a Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Miami. He has 25+ years of experience in the activity. He currently is the President of the American Debate Association (ADA) and was the former President of the Cross Examination Debate Organization (CEDA).


Patrick Waldinger


The HDI offers several programs for students.  Click below for more information. 

Middle School Public Speaking & Argumentation

High School Public Speaking & Argumentation

Public Forum


Week 1 – June 12-16

Week 2 – June 19-23

Week 3 – June 26-30

Classes will be hosted Monday to Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm ET.


Tuition for one week is $500

Tuition for two weeks is $950

Tuition for three weeks is $1,350

There is a $50 sibling discount.

Tuition includes quality instruction and materials that are unique to the Hurricane Debate Institute. Each week covers unique and different information. Students will receive assessments of their skills and areas for improvement. Students will receive a certificate of completion.

There is a non-refundable $75 application fee that is in addition to the price of tuition.


**There is a non-refundable $75 application fee that is in addition to the price of tuition.**

There is a two step application process:
1. Click the “Apply Online” button below to fill out the application (Applications can also be emailed to hurricanedebate@gmail.com).
2. Click the “Pay Online” button below to pay the application fee.

**Registration is not complete until both the application and non-refundable $75 application fee have been received.**

Click Here to Apply Online

Payment instructions:
Click the “Pay Online” button below or visit http://www.com.miami.edu/payment. When there click on “Access the SOC Marketplace”.
Select “Hurricane Debate Institute” from the categories enter the amount and finish the transaction.
Please remember to confirm payment. An email receipt will be sent as soon as the payment goes through.

All major credit cards accepted.

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Questions? Please call (305) 306-0828 or email hurricanedebate@gmail.com