**The 2021 University of Miami’s Hurricane Debate Institute (HDI) summer camp will be entirely online. All rising 6-12 graders are invited to learn public speaking, improve their argumentation skills, and debate virtually with us!**



he University of Miami Debate Team invites Middle School and High School students of all experience levels to participate in the 29th 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 2020 Social Justice Debates National Champions! In addition, they were Finalists at the 2020 Liberty Debate Tournament, National Finalists at the 2019 American Debate Association National Championship, National Champions of the 2018 Lafayette Debates and Champions of the 2018 ACC Debate Tournament!

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Leandra Lopez


Leandra Lopez is the Director of the Hurricane Debate Institute. Leandra is a former national champion debater and debate coach with 15 years of experience in the activity. She has directed UM’s summer program since 2011. Leandra won the 2018 Lafayette Debates U.S. Championship, qualified to the 2013 NDT, and competed in elimination rounds at the CEDA and ADA National Championships. She has coached various teams to elimination rounds at the TOC and NDCA.




Patrick Waldinger is the Co-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 is the former President of the Cross Examination Debate Organization (CEDA) and is currently the Vice President of the American Debate Association (ADA).


Patrick Waldinger


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

Public Speaking & Argumentation

Public Forum


Session 1 – June 21 – July 2
Session 2 – August 2 – August 13

Classes will be hosted Monday to Friday from 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-3pm (ET). There will be a lunch break from 12:30pm-1pm. Students will also have access to office hours with instructors and recorded lectures at various times throughout the program. Each session covers unique and different information.

Tuition for a two week session is $750.

There is a $50 sibling discount.

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 receive a certificate of completion.


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 tuition.

**Registration is not complete until both the application and tuition have been received.**

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Payment instructions:
Click the “Pay Online” button below or visit http://www.com.miami.edu/payment.
Select “Hurricane Debate Institute” from the category drop-down list, enter the amount you will pay, then enter the STUDENT INFORMATION into the fields below and click the Submit button.
On the second page click the Continue button, then enter in the credit card holder’s information on the third page and click Continue.
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 305-281-2705 or email hurricanedebate@gmail.com