About the Institute
UMKC Summer Debate Institute
University of Missouri - Kansas City
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.