From the Program Director's Desk

May 25, 2020

What makes the Matthew H Ornstein Washington Summer Debate Institute better than other summer camps, and the place you should spend part of your summer? 

Summary: Life Skills + Unmatched Fun and Community

In Their Own Words: ​

"​I’m so glad (my daughter) was able to exper...

May 5, 2020

Good Afternoon,

This past weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League competed in the Middle School Urban Debate National Tournament, bringing together the best middle school debaters from urban debate leagues from around the country. 

The WUDL qualified 6 teams, and all...

April 28, 2020

This Wednesday, the WUDL is hosting a panel on debate and college. Our goal is to help students better understand the advantages their participation in debate can provide to their college search, both financially and in terms of admissions, competitiveness, etc. We're...

April 23, 2020

As we transition into the digital space, we are always looking for ways to present fun, engaging, and unique opportunities for our students to engage with the coming year's topic, Criminal Justice Reform. One of those ways is to bring in guest speakers, something that...

March 31, 2020

As the Corona virus brings many basic facets of society to a halt, students have gone home to continue their education online. The WUDL is following them online, launching an array of weekly debate programs, all virtually though Google Classrooms and Zoom. 

Primarily fo...

March 13, 2020

WUDL Community, 

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the office of Mayor Bowser released a D.C. Health Advisory that recommended all non-essential mass gatherings should be postponed or cancelled. They recommend this advisory be in place until March 31st. Subsequent changes h...

March 4, 2020

This past weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League Travel Team ended its season in style at the Lakeland-Westchester Invitational. Hosted at Lakeland High School in upstate New York, the tournament drew in an array of high quality competitors from across the northea...

February 25, 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have (most) of our national qualifiers! 

Over the last two months, students from across Washington have researched, done speech re-dos, and prepared for the national qualifiers to represent the D.C. area at nationals. 

For High School: Urban Deba...

February 11, 2020

The busiest part of our schedule has finally wound down, and I’d like to share the exciting news about the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational, our last major travel tournament of the season. The tournament is a Semi-Finals Bid to the Tournament of Champions.

The WUDL brought...