From the Program Director's Desk

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...

January 31, 2019

Over MLK weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League hosted the WUDL Winter Classic at Alice Deal Middle School. Despite dire warnings of snow and cancellations, we persevered and the weather was surprisingly pleasant (at least compared to expectations). 

This tournamen...

October 31, 2018

New teams debuting, lots of observers, more than 100 teams participating....what more can you ask for during an early season tournament? 

October 27th was the first "all team" tournament, as most of Prince George's County made their formal debut. This tournament had tre...

October 12, 2018

The first tournament of the Washington Urban Debate League's 2018-2019 season is in the books! Hosted on the beautiful, newly completed campus of DC International, teams from across D.C. and a few from Prince George's County gathered to debate immigration reform, this...

October 1, 2018

7 Rounds, 9 Teams, 26 Hours, and a few judges obligated for another round Sunday morning, and GDS 2018 is in the books.

Big regional tournaments on the Tournament of Champions circuit are all about the clash of big ideas, but they also require a lot of endurance by stud...

May 15, 2018

This year, the Washington Urban Debate League partnered with the Citi Foundation to hold a series of debates about financial literacy.

Students attended a workshop series where financial professionals from Citibank, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Consumer Financial P...

December 20, 2017

Debate is in some senses a contradiction, an activity that defies categorization. Students practice, compete in tournaments against other schools, represent their school, and get college scholarships for their success in ways usually reserved for sports teams, yet deba...

October 17, 2017

240 students. 27 schools. 76 judges. A ridiculous (in a good way) number of parents, administrators, and other observers. 7 teams entered at least 7 teams, showing growth within schools. Its so easy to measure success by numbers and let them tell the story of an event...