Debate Team Information
Faculty Advisor/Sponsor: Natilee Brown-Van
Mission/Purpose: "Founded in 1985 as a partnership between the Atlanta Public Schools and the Barkley Forum of Emory University, the AUDL sought to provide students interested in debate with school, tournament, and workshop programs.
For over 30 years, the Atlanta Urban Debate League has cultivated a forum in which local and regional communities can access the skills of critical thinking, research, public presentation, and advocacy through quality debate education."
Planned Activities: September-March, one Saturday a month, students compete against other Metro-Atlanta school districts in 4 rounds of policy debate.
Affiliations: "Due to the success in Atlanta, the birthplace of the UDL, The Open Society Institute invested $600,000 in the Atlanta program and used the UDL template to launch a similar program in New York. Thanks to efforts of seeding programs in other cities as partnerships between school systems and universities, there are now 24 UDL programs in major U.S. cities. "