From the Program Director's Desk

November 8, 2019

This past weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League kicked off the 2019-2020 regular season at Cardozo Education Campus. The first tournament of the year is always hectic, with hordes of eager new debaters and new judges figuring out the flow of a tournament. 

First o...

October 7, 2019

  

On Sept 20th - 22nd, the WUDL Travel Team participated in the Georgetown Day School Invitational. This tournament is the kick-off of our travel schedule, and indeed is the first tournament of the year for most national circuit programs on the East Coast. The tou...

August 8, 2019

Our summer institute is named after Matthew Harris Ornstein, a young man who found his voice, his confidence, and a home in the debate community. One of his favorite experiences was his time at summer debate institutes while a debater at Georgetown Day School. He passe...

May 31, 2019

The WUDL believes that young people have a lot to say about the issues of the day, and knows that they'll make the case with more grace, facts, and persuasion than most political leaders. 

As a result, we are always looking for cool ways for our students to speak their...

May 28, 2019

This afternoon, the last program of the WUDL season concluded, the Citi Foundation Financial Literacy Debates. 

The Citi Foundation has generously supported a series of debates and workshops about financial literacy concepts. Financial literacy is a critical skill that...

May 28, 2019

Expanding our staff means being able to recruit new schools and expand our footprint to new programs across the D.C. area. 

Our first new recruit for 2019-20 is actually quite personal for me. As a new homeowner in Ward 4, I want to contribute to a strong and vibrant ed...

April 17, 2019

This past weekend, the students from the WUDL participated in multiple national tournaments, the Urban Debate National Championship and the MS Urban Debate National Tournament. We had quite a weekend.  

By the numbers: 

Entries in HS: 2 Teams (DCI, DuVal)

Entries in...

March 26, 2019

The WUDL has announced its staff for the 5th annual Matthew Ornstein Summer Debate Institute. This staff is the result of reviewing more than 60 applicants, numerous interviews, and dozens of recommendations. We had a veritable wealth of qualified and dedicated candida...

March 3, 2019

The 2019 national qualifiers are in the books, and we have chosen representatives for nationals. A huge shout out to our volunteers: We were able to panel the qualifying rounds and provide a true nationals atmosphere. Thank you for all of your great feedback and energy...

February 4, 2019

The WUDL Travel Team ended an exciting and successful season at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational this past weekend. This tournament featured students from Bowie High School, DC International, DuVal High School, Kenmoor Middle School, and Washington Latin PCS. 

The high...

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