Community Debate

2015 Community Debate web page graphicFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY DEBATE?
The Community Debate is the funnest fundraiser around.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Awesome community members of all kinds–parents, state senators, teachers, city council members, activists, lawyers, principals, business folk–team up with a high school debater and match wits in short, parliamentary-style debate rounds.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DEBATE?
Have no fear! Community members can register as debaters, judges, spectators, or sponsors. 

HOW DO I PREPARE?
You don’t! Part of the fun is that we give you the topics when you arrive. You and your high school partner will have time to strategize when you get there. Or, if you’re a judge, we train you when you arrive. 

WHAT ARE THE DEBATES ABOUT?
Another part of the fun is that we don’t tell you in advance. But we pick topics of local, national, or international relevance…and one really quirky topic, just for fun.

Past debates have wondered whether we should give greater financial aid to students in majors with higher average earnings…whether we should ban violent video games…whether dictators should be granted amnesty…and whether time travel should be legal.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?
Tickets are pay what you want. The suggested minimum donation to register is $25. Donations of all sizes are welcome and sincerely appreciated. We <3 ALL our donors. For real. 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Thanks to the generosity of CVS Health and the Arthur R. Rupe Foundation for making the event possible, all contributions go directly to supporting the life-changing work of the Rhode Island Urban Debate League. It’s awesome people like you who make it all possible. 

IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Sure is! The Rhode Island Urban Debate League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Not only are your donations tax-deductible, but at the RIUDL,  small donations make a big impact. 

HOW WILL I GET FULL DETAILS, LIKE WHERE TO PARK AND STUFF?
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Then you’ll receive a follow-up email and reminder emails with all the 4-1-1. 

CAN I PICK MY HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE PARTNER?
If you’ve been recruited by one of our high school debaters, or if you debated last year and hope to have the same partner, just mention it in your registration. We’ll do our best to make it happen.  

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT ON APRIL 25TH? CAN I STILL HELP MAKE THE EVENT AWESOME?
Absolutely! You do not have to be present at the event to be an event sponsor. AND you can always help make the event awesome by recruiting a friend and helping spread the word. 

HOW DO I REGISTER AS A DEBATER, JUDGE, SPECTATOR OR SPONSOR?
By clicking right here:

Community debate registration button