Our Programs

Worlds Debate

The global standard in collegiate debating, this four-team debate style is based on the British Parliament and is the format used at the annual World Universities Debating Championship.

Policy Debate

Face-paced, research intensive American cross-examination debate at its finest. Focusing on a single topic for the academic year, policy debaters examine every angle of a pressing issue.


Individual and dual speaking events covering the traditional forensics gamut, from dramatic interpretation to extemporaneous. Students perfect their speaking and presentation skills, bringing home the gold.

Spanish Debate

Using the Worlds style, Spanish speakers of all levels compete against students from around the U.S. and Latin America.


Students and staff share debating and public speaking skills with the larger Cornell community, from incarcerated students to local teens.

Campus Events

Student leaders support ciivil discourse across the Cornell campus by facilitating public debates on topics ranging from politics to morality.

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Latest news

ByShara Safer Jan 24, 2018

Huge Policy Successes Over Winter Break!

This January, the Policy Debate Squad went on a whirlwind tour of the nation, competing in four tournaments in just three weeks! We started at

ByMing Shiao Nov 27, 2017

7 Valuable skills I learned from debate

 One of the worst fears that people have is public speaking. So imagine that you have to go to the front of the room, and not only do you ha

ByMing Shiao Nov 17, 2017

We love PK’s infectious enthusiasm for debate!

“Debate is amazing!” This was a common theme throughout our conversation with Palesa Mojapelo, one of the student leaders who participated

ByEnTing Lee Apr 11, 2017

Spring Break Success for Worlds Squad

The Worlds squad had a busy spring break, participating in the Colgate Open on the 1st and 2nd of April, and then in the HWS Round Robin on the 8