The Stanford Debate Society participates in a variety of different debate events on campus, throughout the United States, and across the globe. We are active on the intercollegiate circuits of APDA (American Parliamentary Debate Association) and NDT (National Debate Tournament). We compete at the World Universities Debating Championships, the international championships held anually in the British Parliamentary format. We also bring debate to the campus and greater Stanford community by engaging in public debates on various issues. Each year we hold both the Stanford Invitational high school tournament and the Stanford National Forensic Institute summer speech & debate camp for the benefit of high school speakers and debaters nationwide.
Our team is composed of approximately 50 undergraduate and graduate Stanford students interested in debate (no prior experience necessary). Elected team leaders plan the schedule of competitions, plan introductory training and run the program, although Director of Debate Rich Boltizar guides the program and organizes events and fundraisers. Assistant coaches work with students to improve skills and prepare for competitions by reviewing preparation, observing practice debates and leading lectures and seminars on a variety of relevant topics.
If you have any questions please direct them to the relevant people listed in the roster.