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The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is committed to providing Dallas ISD students with the transformational skills found in academic debate.  From critical thinking, advanced research techniques, argument formulation, refutation, and questioning strategies, to finely honed listening and oral presentation skills, we believe that debate provides students the opportunity to become informed leaders in their schools and communities and to make a difference in their ability to advocate for themselves and others. 

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DUDA partners with Dallas ISD in providing debate programming and events

       to over 1600 students, 150 coaches, and  110  schools across the district.     

Providing Engaging Opportunities and Comprehensive Support


News and Upcoming Events

DUDA in the News

"Good Arguments Lead to Success" - March 8, 2024 

Dallas Express - "Dallas Students Advance in Global Debate Contest" - March 1, 2024

School Zone Dallas - minute 9:42 - DUDA Debate - February 13, 2024

Newsweek - January 22, 2024:  "High School Debaters Judge GOP Candidate Debate Performances" 

"Debate empowers student voices "- November 17, 2023

Newsweek - October 18, 2023: "Dallas Students Debate Ways to Address Air Pollution in Local Community "


"Dallas ISD students debate the use of artificial intelligence chatbots" - June 29, 2023

Newsweek - May 12, 2023: Debate Coach of the Year

Texas Bar Foundation Grant - November 30, 2022



2024 Events

UIL HS CX District Tournament - January 11

HS Workshop - January 20

MS Workshop - January 27

HS Tournament 4 - Feburary 10

MS Tournament 4 - February 24

HS Tournament 5 - March 2

TFA State (Houston) - March 7-9

UIL HS CX State (Austin) - March 15-16

MS Tournament 5 - March 23

UIL HS Speech/LD - April 5

UDNC  (Chicago, Illinois) - April 12-14

MS City Championship - April 13

HS City Championship - April 27

Parrish Debate - May 14

Summer Day Camp - June 3-6

NSDA Nationals (Des Moines, Iowa) - June 16-21

You can make a difference - we need your support!

We depend on your contributions and volunteering to provide year-round programming for students. You are invited to join our community as our students learn to advocate for theirs! 


We have a full in-person schedule of four workshops and twelve tournaments and have ample need for committed volunteers like you. 


 If interested in learning more, please contact to hear about opportunities such as judging at tournaments and mentoring campuses. 

Our programs are constantly evolving to respond to the unique challenges facing our students and teachers. 

Your support ensures that we have the resources needed to offer students  engaging opportunities to hone their advocacy skills on contemporary topics. 

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