About the Forum

The award-winning UNLV Debate Team, established in 2007, has quickly grown into a national powerhouse, consistently ranked among the top debate teams in the nation. The team specializes in rapid-fire competitive policy debate competing in debate tournaments held at universities across the U.S. UNLV debaters consistently win at both the regional and national levels. Undergraduate students from any major can participate on the team and hone their skills in public speaking, critical thinking, research, and cross-examination.

Debate team alumni work in higher education, law, politics, and the public and private sectors. The debate team is committed to creating an informed citizenry through public argument and civic discourse, working to improve access to policy debate programs for students from diverse backgrounds. The team mentors middle and high school students every year at a summer debate camp, advising hundreds of young debaters in the process. The debate team is housed in the UNLV Communication Studies Department in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.


Debate team members

The 2016-2017 student members and coaching staff of the UNLV Debate Team, which ended the fall semester ranked eleventh in the U.S. Read more.


Dr. Jake Thompson

Director of Debate
Phone: 702-881-8387


UNLV Debate Team