Speech and Debate Society at UW Seattle
The American Parliamentary Debate Team at UW
Spring 2014 Meetings:
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Thomson 331
New Members must contact club leadership via email if you're interested in joining.
King Xia, President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Pierini, B.S. Biochemistry from UW Seattle - email@example.com
This site is undergoing major renovation as of May 16, 2014. Please expect a new site to be up by Autumn 2014.
2012-2013 Competitive Schedule
September 28-29, Bellevue Warmup, Bellevue College
October 12-13, Lewis and Clark Invitational, Lewis and Clark College
October 26-27, Puget Sound Logger Invitational, University of Puget Sound
November 10-12, Mahaffey Memorial, Linfield College
Janurary 17-20, Mile High Swing, Colorado College
January 25-27, Fred Scheller Invitational, WWU
February 1-2, Pacific Lutheran Unversity Invitational, PLU
February 15-17, Whitman Swing, Whitman University
March 16-19?, National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, WWU
March 22-25, National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship Tournament, Pacific, Stockton CA
Mission of the SDSUW
At the University of Washington, the Speech and Debate Team is committed to creating more than just a weekend debating society. To create a pedagogically sound and comprehensive program, the team clearly links the skills that we develop weekend after weekend to the greater UW community and curriculum. Speech and debate, as countless students have learned, directly contributes to their classroom experience; debate teaches research, critical thinking, organization, and listening skills. In fact, in many ways, debate serves as a laboratory in which students can test, compare, and learn new ideas. Debate crosses multiple disciplines, including political science, communication, philosophy, public policy, and drama. Given the complexities of the world today, very few issues can escape contentious debate; politics seems to have become more of a verbal jousting match than a deliberative discussion aimed at negotiating toward a solution. Having a strong debate program offers opportunities to share skills with UW students and the greater Seattle community as a whole.
Joining UW debate
We currently only offer coaching for parliamentary debate. The introductory meetings for introducing novice debaters to college parliamentary debate have ended, but we will still accept new members. If you do not have debate experience, you will have to learn the fundamentals of debate at an accelerated pace to prepare for tournaments. For more information, contact our President or one of our coaches (as listed above)
Outreach and Community Service
The SDS participates in public debates for the broader UW community, and many students volunteer to promote debate in the Seattle High School area. The SDS supports numerous homeschool debate leagues and the Seattle Urban Debate League (UDL). Coaches and team members have taught courses that provides middle school students with critical thinking and public speaking skills that prepare them to enter debate and public speaking competitions once they enter high school.
Send mail to: