Join Us for Refreshments and Info on the East African Debate League

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Are you looking for a way to support Twin Cities youth? Join us at the UMN Liberal Arts Engagement Hub to learn more about how you can participate in judging for the East Debate League, a powerful program that helps East African students build confidence, academic skills, and pride in their identity!


Join us in the UMN Liberal Arts Engagement Hub at Pillsbury Hall for light snacks and our presentation on these dates:

3/16: 3:30pm-4:30pm

3/22: 5:30pm-6:30pm


The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, serves 9 districts across the Twin Cities Metro by providing the resources schools need to have successful debate teams. In 2015, with the help of community and on-campus partners, we hosted the Somali Debate Initiative Tournament – the first program of its kind in the nation. This tournament has grown into regular spring programming serving more than 100 students per year. In 2019, we rebranded the program to the East African Debate League, expanding our focus to include more students in these discussions about essential issues affecting the East African community.

From May-June, East African students debate a critical topic chosen by the community. Students have the opportunity to debate at three tournaments, leading to our special championship/community celebration event.


As we return to in-person programming after several years of virtual tournaments, we need in-person judges who can work with us in the Twin Cities!

No experience with debate is needed. Judges watch debate rounds and then evaluate teams on argumentation, logic, and public speaking skills.

Volunteers receive a short training and all necessary materials prior to the start of tournaments. Please attend our event to learn more, including how to become a paid judge!

Register for the event here: