From the Program Director's Desk

WUDL Travel Team Breaks at Lexington Invitational

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 students only get to sleep for an hour, if they slept at all. We return to the airport and our flight took off! By the time we land there is no time for the students to sleep, change, or even shower. We arrive at the tournament 10 minutes before the students must start debating and with no complaints, the debaters went straight to their rounds and start competing. They could have let our hectic flight situation hold them back but

WUDL Has Strong Debut at Bishop Guild Invitational at Samford University

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, now a professor and Director of Debate at Alabama A&M University. From the Program Coordinator, Dara Davis: "Attending Samford was not only special because it was our first time debuting at this tournament but because of the rich Civil Rights History of Birmingham. We had wonderful rounds and were given such a warm welcome from all of our competitors and the Samford Debate team. During our trip, we got to visit the 16th Street Ba

Reflections from Association of Black Argument Professionals Conference

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 Experience” and the symposium did just that! There were speakers from all different types of debate backgrounds, like Urban Debate League Representatives, Directors of Debate from successful college debate programs, and even the creator of Tabroom, a popular debate website used for tabbing.Getting the opportunity to hear about the work the members of our community are doing has expanded the possibilities for what our league can

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