Statement on Racial Injustice

The multi-racial roster of NYU CEDA stands in solidarity with those battling systemic racism reflected in centuries of violence, exploitation and inequities levied against Black bodies.  We affirm NYU’s statement of solidarity but it’s not a substitute for concrete action.  The triple threat of COVID-19, economic downturn and police brutality will continue to weigh heavily on communities of color each and everyday until we confront antiquated systems of power embedded in our laws and our norms.   Debaters must use our agency to hold ourselves and others accountable. We are destined to make mistakes along the way.  That’s not a reason to hide.  It’s a call to listen, learn and illuminate.

We believe debaters have a unique role to play in actively dismantling racism and preparing ourselves and our leaders to do the same. As non-black allies remain transfixed by the anguished stories of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tanisha Anderson,  Trayvon Martin, Kendra James, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Atatiana Jefferson, Walter Scott,  Philando Castile, Sean Bell, Tony McDade, Michael Brown, Charleena Lyles,  Robert Fuller, Tamir Rice and so many others whose lives were brutally cut short, they will need storytellers. As NYU debaters and coaches, we must help introduce vocabulary to have hard conversations about race and echo demands of the voiceless for a different America. In the effort to create a new normal, we encourage all NYU teams, departments and organizations, as well as debate programs at other institutions, to devote some of their digital real estate prominently to the protection of Black Lives.

Every small step improves our chances for radical reorientation. We are debaters. We can and should be difference makers.


The NYU Policy Debate Team is proud to help host the students and schools participating in the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF). Click here to learn about the event.

75th National Debate Tournament [hosted by Wake Forest online]

2020 Highlights

A year does not go by without the policy debaters at NYU doing amazing! Click here for the latest results.

On the Horizon....

Congrats to Alex & Eugene for winning the 2020 Open Division at West Point! 

Get to Know the Coaches

Our coaches are the backbone of the team. They run training sessions, prepare new evidence for the team, and always have an ear for a debater in need.

Get to Know the Officers

Officers are the student leaders of the team. They lead team meetings, assist in training new debaters, help with tournament logistics, spread the word of NYU debate and more! Get to know the debaters that help keep the team afloat.


Novice/JV National Championships

CEDA Debate at NYU

The NYU Policy Debate Team is one of the most successful debate teams in the country. Click here to learn more.

CEDA National Championships [hosted online by West Va]