Who We Are
The UL Speech and Debate Team is an organization at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette dedicated to participation in and advancement of competitive Forensics. We are housed by the The Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. We are a member of the American Forensics Association, Pi Kappa Delta National Honorary Society, Interstate Oratorical Association and Novice Nationals. We compete in District 3 with other colleges and universities from Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. UL Speech and Debate is the oldest program in Louisiana and continues to compete as one of seven active teams in the state.
We are an open format team dedicated to the recruitment of any and all individuals wanting to empower themselves and others through argumentation, performance and public speaking skills with an emphasis on communicative excellence over competitive advancement. We participate in debate formats such as IPDA, NPDA, and Congressional Debate as well as Individual Events including but not limited to Communication Analysis, Informative Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Prose, Poetry and Program Oral Interpretation.
What we do?
Forensics is a community of advocates that believes in giving a voice to those who do not have one. We aim to highlight social, political, and economic justice through the power of language.
UL Speech and Debate advocates for its students to volunteer in the Louisiana High School Speech League, as coaches, judges, and mentors. Giving back to those who gave to us, is at the heart of our core and without the LHSSL we would not have the powerful young competitors that we do.
UL Speech and Debate represents the Department of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts. Whether at competition, in the community or at home on the swamp, we are representing the faculty, staff and students who support us.
UL Speech and Debate is the more than 100 year legacy of Edith Garland Dupre and her founding teams, the Attakapas Literary and Debate Society for young men and the Avatar Debate Society for young women. It is our rich history that keeps us motivated to continue the legacy.
- The UL Speech and Debate Team ended the 2015-2016 season with attendance at four national tournaments including Novice Nationals, Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, AFA National Individual Events Tournament, and Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest.
- Kristopher Harrison represents UL and the state of Louisiana at the Interstate Oratorical Association National competition for the second year in a row.
- Jacob Remel breaks to Semi Finals of Prose Interpretation at American Forensics Association- NIET, making history as UL Speech and Debate's first ever out round participant in its 3 year membership with AFA.
- Jamie Parker breaks to out rounds at Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Extemporaneous Speaking and Congressional Debate, taking home a national title in Congressional Debate.
- Mark Mallory, Austin Freeman, Dejhane Lee, Jacob Remel and Jalen Benjamin represent UL at Novice Nationals 2016, hosted by UL Speech and Debate for the first time in Novice Nationals 35 year history.