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About Our Outreach Program

More than a competitive speech and debate program, Cornell Speech & Debate Society staff and members are committed to spreading the importance of public speaking, advocacy and debate to encourage a more civil and engaged society.

In collaboration with numerous educational and community organizations, staff and members engage in programming to affirm that we believe everyone can benefit from learning and building a foundation of advocacy, debate, persuasive communication, and public speaking skills. Projects include (or have included): teaching debate to college students in South Africa, coaching local high school students through the Ithaca Teen Day Program, coaching middle school girls in debate and public speaking in India, working with regional incarceration centers to teach youth and adults, supporting the efforts of the International Association for Senior Debate and more.

Interested in learning about speech and debate from our team?

Middle and High School students are invited to apply for our International Speech and Debate Camp held on the beautiful Cornell University campus each summer. 

Current Initiatives

Cornell's International Summer Debate Camp will take place during the first week of August, 2021 as an online camp. This is available to middle school and  high school students.

Cornell undergraduates will tutor adolescent debaters in partnership with Dialogy, our partner company in China starting in February 2021

We are also designing a program for having public-forum style debates among Senior Citizens over videoconferencing (zoom) or in public library settings later in 2021

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History of Outreach Initiatives


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