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.

Team Photo - 2019 MAFA Tournament

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 to learn more? Email the coach, Timothy Bill, at tbill2@uis.edu. We’d love to have a conversation about how you can get started with team.


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