University of North Texas

The University of North Texas Debate Team is a well-established and nationally successful program that is home to several Dallas Urban Debate Alumni (including Eric Alonso, Karla Lainez, Carlos Ramirez, Bryan San Miguel, and Anthony Salazar). Participation on the North Texas Debate Team is open to all undergraduate students in the university. If you are a debater interested in applying to UNT, more information can be found here ( – and you can contact UNT debate’s director (Brian Lain) at:

UNT also hosts Dallas Urban Debate’s annual summer debate workshop, where we offer a week-long, free training program for committed Dallas ISD Debaters.

UNT debate coaches and debaters are also very active volunteers in core Dallas Urban Debate programs like our tournaments and centralized training.

University of Texas at Dallas (Texas)

The University of Texas at Dallas Debate Team is a relatively young program that quickly achieved national success. Their debate team is host to several DUDA Alumni (including Rodolfo and Rolando Velasquez), and offers 3 competitive scholarships to incoming freshman with the possibility of a full ride and stipend.

UTD Debaters frequent DUDA tournaments, where they offer exceptional feedback to students after each round of competition.

Southern Methodist University (Texas)

The Southern Methodist University Debate Team is a young program that has welcomed several Dallas Urban Debate alumni (including current undergrad Joseph Reyes).

SMU’s Director of Debate, Ben Voth, works tirelessly with DUDA to host a number of programs such as Debate Centers, unique tournaments such as the Bush Institute Economic Debates, and the annual Varsity City Championship tournament.

SMU undergraduates and law students frequently volunteer at Dallas Urban Debate tournamants, where they advance a rich culture of public discourse by offering feedback on a number of issues ranging from fiscal policy to transportation infrastructure development.

University of Houston (Texas)

The University of Houston Debate Team offers competitive scholarships of various sizes to incoming high-school debaters. If you are a debater interested in applying to the University of Houston, more information can be found here ( – and you can contact their debate director (Sarah Spring) at: The University of Houston has deep connections with Urban Debate Organizations. Additionally, Sarah Spring and Joshua Gonzalez (Assistant Director of Debate) were both instructors at the 2013 Dallas Urban Debate summer debate workshop, a week-long, free training program for committed Dallas Urban Debaters.

University of Texas at San Antonio

Former home of Dallas Urban Debate’s current programming co-ordinator Derek Liles, UT San Antonio is a well-established program that has experienced an increasing amount of success over the past few years. Director Skip Eno has actively recruited from Urban Debate Leagues in the past, and made his only high school recruiting trip this yar to the Dallas Varsity City Championship tournament. Three of our Dallas ISD seniors were ofered college scholarships and will attend UT-SA int he Fall of ’14

More information of the team, coaches, and scholarships can be found here ( If you are interested in applying, be sure to contact Derek and ask for a personal introduction!

Arizona State University (Arizona)

Coach: Adam Symonds Email: College website: Additional info:

Baylor University (Texas)

Coach: Matt Gerber Email: College website: Additional info:

Boston College (Massachusetts)

Boston College* (Massachusetts) Coach: John Katsulas Email: College website:

University of Texas at Austin

Dallas Urban Debate and the University of Texas at Austin have partnered on an initiative that will make college more affordable for Dallas Urban Debate students. Dallas Urban Debate students that meet identified criteria have the opportunity to compete for exclusive scholarship opportunities through the UT Austin Dallas Outreach center.

National Speech and Debate Association

The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) is partnering with Dallas Urban Debate to provide additional support to students and coaches. Dallas Urban Debate students and coaches will be able to access invaluable resources such as webinars, textbooks, videos, and evidence updates. Additionally, Dallas Urban Debate schools and students will receive membership to the NSDA honor society. The best part, however, is these resources will be provided at no cost to students and coaches