Participating on a debate team is one of the best ways to develop strong public speaking skills, hone your critical thinking abilities, and establish strong leadership experience.
The Westminster University Debate Team is launching in Fall 2024. As part of the team, you'll experience a close-knit, supportive environment and develop skills you can use throughout your career. Westminster's debate team is designed for everyone—whether you have experience or not. You'll work closely with your coach and teammates to set personal and team goals each year.
Inaugural Team and Tournaments
If you join the Westminster Debate Team in Fall 2024, you'll be part of the inaugural team, meaning you'll be at the center of the building process, helping to shape programming for Fall 2024 and preparing for the team's first tournament in Spring 2025. Beginning Fall 2025, debaters will have the chance to participate in one competition each semester.
You do not have to register for the 1-credit Debate Team course to be on the Westminster Debate Team. However, you must register for the course to be eligible for the scholarship. Team members registered for the course are eligible for one of 6 scholarships for $1,000, which are renewable starting in academic year 2024–25. Five scholarships are reserved for first-year students and one scholarship is reserved for a transfer student.
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