Douglass Debate Team

  • Students in the 2016 debate teams
  • Malcolm X“Standing up there, the faces looking at me, the things in my head coming out of my mouth, while my brain searched for the next best thing to follow what I was saying, and if I could sway them to my side by handling it right, then I had won the debate – once my feet got wet I was gone on debating.” —Malcolm X 

    Douglass Debate Team

    • Part of Douglass Debate Society, which exists across 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
    • No experience required
    • Training and preparation begins in Fall 2017
    • Approximate time commitment: one to two hours/week
    • System-wide tournament to take place in April 2016 at Millersville University with prizes for the top three placing teams
    • IUP’s teams took second and third place in April 2016

    Benefits of Debate

    • Learn how to use information to your benefit. Become a deep thinker!
    • Learn how to actively and effectively listen. Learn your opponent!
    • Learn to represent your ideas powerfully. Make people listen!
    • Learn how to present your ideas persuasively. Change people’s minds!
    • Learn how to creatively solve to problems. Be part of the solution!

    Is Debate for You? It Is If You Want:

    • To be in a tight-knit group students who have fun and share in a unique experience
    • To take part in the process of building the team and creating a university legacy
    • To have individual and group coaching to help the YOU become the best debater in the system
    • To increase your public speaking and leadership skills
    • To be treated to travel and networking opportunities throughout the System