• National Speech & Debate Association
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  • Student Council
Who We Are
The Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) dedicated to re-introducing academic debate to under-served and at-risk students in Houston area high schools. HUDL serves more than 1070 students in 30 HISD high schools and 12 middle schools. HUDL has enjoyed increasing competitive success in local, state and even national tournaments. In 2013, HUDL teams placed among the top teams in the nation at the National Association for Urban Debate League’s Urban Debate National Championship in Washington, D.C. Through the generosity of its supporters, the HUDL is able to offer students the life-changing benefits of debate.

HUDL Program Summary

  • Free one week summer debate workshops for students and coaches.
  • Six two-day debate tournaments during the school year, including a city championship. The tournaments will be held Fridays after school and Saturdays.
  • Four Saturday instructional academic seminars/workshops led by lawyers, college professors and other experts on competitive debate.
  • Student and coach access to volunteer, debate expert mentors who are assigned to participating schools.
  • Scholarship awards for selected participating students to advance their knowledge at university sponsored summer workshops.
Mission Statement

The mission of the Houston Urban Debate League is to build, support, and sustain programs in Houston's public schools to make academic debate an educational resource available to all students. Academic debate prepares students to be effective advocates for themselves, their families, and their community. The Houston Urban Debate League builds public-private partnerships that enhance the investment of school districts in debate activities by providing business and community finance, mentoring, communication, and facilities to permanently restore academic debate in all of Houston’s public high schools.