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Beyond Competitive Debate

Service Learning Opportunities

As part of its commitment to the Atlanta Urban Debate League, twice a month the Barkley Forum administers a debate tournament for hundreds of middle school and high school students. Each week students and staff of the Barkley Forum teach local middle and high school students the art of debate. Started in the mid-1980s, the program has become a national model for debate as community service with over 25 cities across the United States using the UDL model to expand educational opportunities and facilitate cross-cultural conversations.

Engaging Emory Communities through Debate

We collaborate with other campus organizations to support a formal public debate program. We host several public debates each semester through our affiliation with Eagles Speak, a student organization dedicated to preserving the art of oral communication and public deliberation in our globalized digital age. Our collaborative partners in Community Engagement include: 

Candler School of Theology

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Center for Ethics

Center for Women

Committee on Academic Integrity

Emory Wheel (the student newspaper)

Office of Health Promotion

Office of International Student Life

Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life

Office of Quality Enhancement Programs

Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life

Residence Life

A number of student groups including, the College Council, Alpha Phi Omega (student service organization), and Volunteer Emory among others have also worked on programs with the Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education.