Speech and Debate Team

Speech and debate is an activity that opens doors, expands horizons, and builds leadership skills through advocacy, public speaking, and performance art.

UIS Team Photo

The UIS Speech and Debate Team is committed to training the next generation of civic leaders, public speakers, and communicators who are passionate about effecting change in their communities. The team does this by competing in twelve public speaking events and two forms of debate at regional and national tournaments throughout the year.


• Interested in Joining the Team? Here’s How You Can

First Practice of the Season

• UIS Speech and Debate Team Announces 2018-2019 Travel Schedule


Interested to learn more? Stop by one of our weekly team practices in WUIS room 2 from 4-8 PM on Tuesdays. We’d love to meet you!

If you have an opportunity to use your voice, you should use it.

– Samuel L. Jackson


Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.

– Maggie Smith


When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

– Malala Yousfazai


Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.

– Stephen Covey