The UMKC Summer Debate Institute has been training debaters of all levels of experience for competitive excellence for over 20 years. UMKC SDI students have gone on to compete in elimination rounds at national tournaments, including the TOC, and a final round appearance at NFL nationals. Recent attendees have received speaker awards at national tournaments, participated in elimination rounds at regional and national tournaments, and qualified to NSDA nationals. The SDI has also trained multiple state qualifying debaters in Missouri and Kansas.
Located in the heart of Kansas City near the beautiful Plaza District, the SDI provides first class staff and facilities to ensure that students are well prepared and well trained for the upcoming season. The camp is run by Malcolm Gordon, former Assistant Director of Debate for UMKC, and current policy debate coach at The Meadows School, one of the best high school policy programs in the nation.
The 2018 UMKC SDI offers two sessions:
Four Week Lab (July 1- July 28)
The 4 week lab will be returning to UMKC for a sixth year. Last year our lab produced a top speaker at a major national high school tournament, and multiple out-round participants at the regional and national level This lab is designed to teach students the fundamentals of argumentation in the context of competitive debate. Students will receive training that is process-oriented.
This includes: the creation of files from scratch, effective pre-tournament preparation, the fundamentals of researching case specific strategies, the creation and execution of new affirmatives, how to perfect judge interaction, and extensive practice on in-round execution. The lab is ideal for students on small squads, young students who need more training in research and preparation as well as execution, and students who want to maximize their regional and national competitive opportunities. Our goal is to provide students with the tools necessary to be self-sufficient and successful.
This year we will have an even larger introductory packet of evidence to facilitate an increase in practice debates. Students will get a well-rounded set of arguments throughout the camp.
Two Week Lab (July 15-28)
The UMKC SDI will offer two week labs for students of all experience levels. Each lab will be run by two qualified staff members. Check out our staff page for more details on instructors. The level of research and preparation for each lab will be tailored to the needs of students. Labs will teach students the research process, fundamentals of each speech, and provide students with multiple practice debates. Two week students will receive a comprehensive evidence packet on the first day of camp, allowing them to balance research and execution over the two week experience.
Check out our staff page to see who will be working at the 2016 UMKC SDI. Staff listings will be updated soon, as hiring is finalized during January/February.