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

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.

College speech and debate provides an opportunity for students to learn how to communicate ideas, opinions, and beliefs in a meaningful and impactful way. Through extensive competition and service opportunities, competitors acquire the skills needed to be successful in the classroom and in their future workplace. The ability to articulate opinions persuasively while appreciating different points of view and life experiences will set you apart from your peers regardless of your future career plans. Joining a speech and debate team is one of the most impactful decisions you can make in college. In addition to the skills and experiences you gain, you will make friends that will last a lifetime.


Interested in becoming a part of our team? Great! Membership is open to all undergraduate majors on campus. No prior experience is required! Email the coach (tbill2@uis.edu) to find out more and get started! Additionally, there are scholarship opportunities for members of the team.

All speech and debate meetings happen using the following Zoom information. If you’re interested in learning more, send us an email to setup a conversation. We’d love to meet you!

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Meeting ID: 892 6085 2734
Password: 250087


UIS Speech and Debate is a member of Pi Kappa Delta, a national honor society for competitive speech and debate. Pi Kappa Delta is the collegiate arm of the National Speech and Debate Association. UIS Speech and Debate is a part of the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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

Samuel L. Jackson

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

Malala Yousfazai

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Speech and Debate News

May 04, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, IL (May 4, 2022) - The UIS Speech and Debate Team had a record 2021-2022 season. This academic year saw the team reach its largest size in a…
Dec 18, 2021
UIS Finishes the Semester at OATS Tournament 4 SPRINGFIELD, IL (December 18, 2021) – The UIS Speech and Debate Team finished the fall semester of…
Nov 03, 2021
UIS Attends First Tournament of 21-22 Season SPRINGFIELD, IL (November, 3, 2021) – The UIS Speech and Debate Team attended its first tournament of the 21-…
May 17, 2021
UIS Has a Strong 2020-2021 Competitive Season SPRINGFIELD, IL (May 17, 2021) – The UIS Speech and Debate Team had a strong 20-21 competitive season. The…
Apr 26, 2021
UIS Finishes the Season at Novice No More Tournament SPRINGFIELD, IL (April 26, 2021) – The UIS Speech and Debate Team completed the 20-21 season by…