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.
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 (formerly the National Forensics League). Additionally, the team is a member of the National Forensic Association and the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensic Association. UIS Speech and Debate is a part of the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.