From the Program Director's Desk

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...

February 2, 2020

This past weekend was the league's largest tournament yet this season, with students competing in 5 (!) division. 

In the High School Qualifying Division, Ernest/Justin and Paola/Lola took an early lead in the hunt to qualify for the Urban Debate National Championship....

January 28, 2020

Our weekend at Lexington reminded me of an important skill that we forget about a lot in debate: Grit. Friday night, our flight to Boston was supposed to take off at 10pm, but was delayed to 11pm, then to 1am, then to 5am the next day. We head to a hotel, where the stu...

January 16, 2020

This past weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League began its marathon of four tournaments in four weekends at the Bishop Guild Invitational at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. We were very excited to see former DuVal High School Debate Coach Omar Price, no...

January 8, 2020

While everyone was competing in at the WUDL Holiday Tournament, I was in Miami attending the P.A.L.M. T.R.E.E. Symposium hosted by the Association of Black Argument Professionals.

This year’s theme was “Providing Advance Learning Models through Rigorous Education and Ex...

December 19, 2019

As part of our partnership with the Forum on the Arms Trade, WUDL students were able to participate at a really cool event at the Embassy of Finland. The event, sponsored by Girls Security, centered around young women interested in pursuing a career in National Securit...