For those new to the Debate Union and after attending an orientation/information session, here are some recommendations about how to get involved. Programming, including training, is rolling and there will be additional opportunities for training. Most upcoming events are not yet scheduled by other institutions and will be announced the first week of September.
Please complete roster information for the fall term. Here is the link:
Interested in Intercollegiate Debating?
• Attend the format introductions for British Parliamentary (BP) debating and/or Social Justice Debate formats.
• Attend a weekly practice. CCDU interns will contact members to schedule your semester practice time. In general, you will select a Tuesday or Wednesday evening time for practice. A practice is 2 hours for a debate and feedback.
• Attend CCDU argumentation/instruction and research sessions, Scheduled periodically and repeated several times during a 2-week period. Sessions focus on speaker responsibilities, argumentation, case writing, public speaking for debate, counterplanning, critiquing, topic interpretation and categorization, and more…
• Register to participate at debate tournaments. One may do so as an individual, with a team partner, or as a judge (training will provided and BP judges do not have to be highly experienced – can be new to the format).
Interested in Professional Communication Events?
Register to participate as a moderator or debate participant for one or more upcoming events There will be a training for moderators, as well as preparation sessions and practice for those participating in events beginning in mid-September.
Interested in Educational Outreach?
Attend a PDP judge certification session and tabulation administrator/tournament director session. Certified judges are eligible to judge at Public Debate Program competitions.