Community Debate

2014 RIUDL Community Debate

Thank you to John & Letitia Carter and our 2014 Sponsors!

RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, AFT, AFLO-CIO; Virginia DiMattia; Arkee Hodges; UFCW Local 328; Michael Solomon; Pannone Lopes Devereux & West LLC; Motley Rice LLC; Arianne Corrente Lynch; Law Offices of Matthew Jerzyk; Kate Trimble; Derek Silva; Providence Firefighters-IAFF Local 799; Barbara Sokoloff & Herb Rakatansky; Advocacy Solutions; Capitol City Group; Darrow Everett LLP; Rep. Chris Blazejewski; Matty Lopes

The Community Debate is the Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL)’s unique annual fundraiser. Community members from around the state team up with urban high school debaters to match wits with their peers over topics of local, national, and international relevance. Past debates have wondered whether we should give greater financial aid to students in majors with higher average earnings, like science, math and engineering, and whether we should ban video games in which the player engages in brutal and immoral violence in a realistic setting.

Thank you to our 2014 co-hosts Congressman David N. Cicilline and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, to Mayor Taveras for joining us for opening remarks, our panel of “celebrity judges” for the final round Rhode Island College President Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, Hon. Walter Stone, Channel 12’s Dan McGowan, and Providence City Council Members Nicholas Narducci and Sam Zurier, and to all those who participated as debaters, judges, spectators, and sponsors!

Congratulations to our 2014 Community Debate Champions Kelley Babphavong from Woonsocket High School and her partner Tiffany Keung! We would also like to congratulate Joely Barrios from Classical High School and her partner Aaron Regunberg for their stellar performance as 2nd place team. For team and speaker results, please click here.

This year’s Community Debate attracted an exciting lineup of community debaters, judges, and spectators, including three mayors, RI state senators, Providence City Council Members, assistant attorneys general, Roger Williams University School of Law deans and students, parents, RIUDL alumni, high school teachers, and business and non-profit leaders. Here is a recap of the event from the ProJo.

Registration for the event is $25 and community participants also made additional tax-deductible gifts and enabled us to successfully meet a generous $10,000 challenge grant from John & Letitia Carter.

No prior research or debate experience is necessary! Community members meet their high school partner upon arrival, and we announce topics just 15 minutes before each round starts. Don’t worry, you also have the option to register as either a judge (training provided but not necessary) or a spectator (don’t forget the pom-poms).

 You can browse photos from the 2014 event at our Facebook page to get a better sense of just how gosh-wow good debating looks. We look forward to seeing YOU in 2015!