Debate Society

Develop skills

The UW Bothell Debate Society is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to develop their skills in speech and argumentation.  This student-centered program will provide avenues for intercollegiate competition at the local, regional and national level. The Debate Society encompasses engagement via our club, class, and debate team!

Compete

The UW Bothell Debate Society competes in National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) style debate, International Public Debate Association (IPDA) style debate and Worlds (BP) style debate. We also participate in the Model United Nations circuit and offer a full range of individual events including Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Expository Speaking, Impromptu, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and After Dinner Speaking.

Commitments

All students are welcome to join the debate club and debate courses. Members of the Debate Team have the privilege of representing the University of Washington Bothell to the local and national collegiate community.

Debate society commitments by purpose

Purpose
Meeting Time
Expectations
Target Audience
Debate Club
Wed & Thurs from 11:30-2:00 pm in the UWB Library.
Student-led organization aimed at providing on-campus practice debates, workshops and community events.
All are welcome and encouraged to join; no prior experience necessary.
Debate Class
Check course catalog.
Housed in the IAS department, this program provides opportunities to receive credit for participation in debate activities and receive advanced training in public speaking, argumentation and competitive speech.
All are welcome and encouraged to join; no prior experience necessary.
Debate Team
Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 pm in UW2-211 and Monday from 5:30-7:00 pm in UWB
Library.
For students who would like to travel locally and nationally with the privilege of representing the University of Washington Bothell to the national academic community. Travel and expenses related to competitions will be covered by the program. Read team commitments.

All are welcome and encouraged to join; no prior experience necessary. Team members are expected to regularly attend meetings, participate in the development of case briefs, and help facilitate the UW Bothell Debate Tournament.

 

Debate team commitments

Students interested in participating as a competitive member of the team will be expected to meet the following requirements

  • Attend regular team meetings and training sessions with UW Bothell Coach
  • Prepare debate briefs and research notes,
  • Work in UW Bothell Debate Tournament
  • Register for one of the debate courses listed below. Travel and expenses related to competitions will be covered by the program.

How to Join

All registered UW Bothell undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join the society, no prior experience necessary.

Choose from one of four levels of participation:students and faculty debating

  1. Join the student club, led by student leaders, and participate in on-campus debate opportunities and campus events.
  2. Join the Debate team and travel to local, regional, and national tournaments, representing the University of Washington Bothell.
  3. Take classes which offer credit for participation in debate activities.
  4. Choose to do all three.

Contact

We are fortunate to have Denise Vaughan, Ph.D., deniseva@uw.edu, as the UW Bothell Head coach. Vaughan brings nine years of experience as competitor and coach. Please contact the Director for meeting times.

Denise Vaughan, 
Director of Forensics
deniseva@uw.edu

For more information

Please contact the debate program by email at: debate@u.washington.edu.

For information on debate courses, how to join the team or how to earn credit for debate, please contact Denise Vaughan, Ph.D., Director of Forensics, deniseva@uw.edu.

Ways to Give

Your gift is needed to help students travel to local, regional and national level intercollegiate competitions.

Give now

Your gift can be designated in three ways:

  1. Debate Team Excellence Fund
  2. Student Academic Scholarships
  3. Debate Team Endowment