The Claremont Colleges Debate Union (CCDU), a 5-C program centered at Claremont McKenna College, is among the largest and most successful college debating societies in the nation. A genuine 5-C program, students from each of the undergraduate institutions of the Claremont Consortium – Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps – are active Debate […]

The Debate Union hosted the 2015 USUNDC. Here are the motions from the tournament: R1. Disinviting college and university speakers does more good than harm. R2. Low-level offenders should have their fates determined by neighbors rather than traditional courts. R3. There should be no space missions without United Nations scientific approval. R4. The sharing economy […]


One session – learn a full range of arguments for your debates! Attend any of these sessions for comprehensive argument reviews for topic category arguments, thematic arguments, generic positions, etc. Sessions are in Bauer 21, unless otherwise posted. Monday, October 26, 4:15-5:45 PM Wednesday, November 4, 6:00-7:30 PM Thursday, November 12, 4:15-5:45 PM


Training to participate in the Debate Union’s leadership and professional communication programs begins in November. Trainings allow CCDU members to support Civics in Action leadership initiatives (national and international high school leadership communication programming), participate in professional communication events, and serve as respondents/moderators at academic conference and other campus events. Leadership and professional communication trainings […]


Training for debate outreach programming begins this week. Certification sessions include format, rules, and judging instruction. Certification allows CCDU students to participate in youth, middle school, and high school tournament competitions, school workshops, and summer institutes. Outreach trainings are available at the following dates/times. All trainings will be at Bauer 21. Wednesday, October 21, 6:00-7:30 […]


The first outreach event is the opening league tournament for the High School Public Debate Program, Claremont’s national high school educational outreach initiative. The tournament will be held on campus, Sunday, October 25. Please register to judge with Scooby Phillips,, by Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 PM. All judges must be certified to judge at […]


Instructional sessions are scheduled on the following days/times: Mondays, 4:15 PM and/or 6:00 PM Tuesdays, 11:30 AM and 12:15 PM Wednesdays, 12:15 PM and 6:00 PM Thursdays, 6:00 PM Late afternoon and evening sessions (4:15 PM and 6:00 PM) are more comprehensive, 90-minute instructional seminars. Midday sessions (11:30 AM and 12:15 PM) are 45-minute single […]


Congratulations to members of the Debate Union for 2015-16 fellowships and scholarship awards including the following: Nicole Pilar, PZ ’14, Fulbright Scholar (Bulgaria) Mariah Barber, PO ’15, Fulbright Scholar (Brazil) Nadeem Farooqi, CMC ’15, Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs Joshua Rooney, CMC ’17, Boren Scholarship in National Security Umar Farooq, CMC ’17, US State Department […]


You do not need to register for instructional sessions. They will be held in Bauer 21, unless otherwise posted. Week of October 19 Wednesday, October 21, 12:15 PM Counterplanning Week of October 26 Monday, October 26, 4:15-5:45 PM Comprehensive BP Argumentation (Topic category arguments, thematic issues, generic positions) Tuesday, October 27, 11:30-12:15 PM Case/Plan Writing Tuesday, October 27, 12:15-1:00 […]


Please welcome Lauren ‘Scooby’ Phillips, hired in July 2015 as an administrative assistant in the Debate Union. Scooby is a 2013 graduate of Claremont McKenna. She has actively participated in Debate Union programming; she was an undergraduate Debate Union intern and has been a volunteer for outreach tournament and event administration and judging, as well […]


CCDU contact, participant, and travel forms must be completed by all members of the Debate Union and filed in Bauer 21 for intercollegiate competition, professional communication, and educational outreach events. An iNext card is available from CMC’s Center for Global Education. It is required for international travel; it is good for one year. Please request […]


Congratulations to students for their outstanding work at the Debate Union’s 2015 Claremont Summer residential and commuting sessions from June-August. Student interns worked as instructional staff and residential administrators in middle school debate, high school debate (national and international sessions), and high school leadership and professional communication sessions. Student interns include Isabella ‘Buddy’ Burch, Pranay […]


More than 500 people attended the 2015 CLAREMONT SUMMER debate and leadership professional communication workshops sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. Programming was held at Claremont McKenna College from mid-June to the first week of August. The Debate Union has hosted previous summer programs but this is the 16th consecutive year of the CLAREMONT SUMMER […]


The Debate Union sponsors class and contest debate programming in a number of countries. This effort includes teacher and staff training with partner universities and educational non-profit organizations. In addition, the Debate Union administers international competitive high school debate programming for the United States. The CCDU is the US representative for the Pan American Debate […]


The Debate Union had an outstanding year of competitive, professional, and educational outreach programming. Thanks to all members of the Debate Union, as well as many Debate Union alumni, for their brilliant participation and support! Just some of the highlights of the year… General Established 15 paid national and international internships for members and alumni. Received […]


The US Universities National Debate Championship was established by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. The USU Championship is the US national championship in the World Universities Debating Championship format (the format is also know as the British Parliamentary format). The WUDC/BP format is the most popular debate format for higher education institutions. It is also […]


A ‘novice’ debater is a student in her/his first year of intercollegiate debating in the WUDC/BP format, regardless of prior debate experience.  Prior to 2013, the novice championship was held in conjunction with the national championship tournament. Only novice teams registered for the national championship tournament were eligible for the national novice championship. In 2013, […]


Congratulations to Charlie Sprague and Jesse Katz Blumenthal, the winners of the 2010 US Universities National Debating Championship. The tournament was sponsored by Regis University and the University of Denver, April 8-11. Charlie and Jesse were undefeated in their 10 debates. They placed ahead of Stanford, Yale, and Portland State in the final. The tournament included […]