University of Louisville Debate Program

Increasing effective decision making within a multicultural society.

The University of Louisville Debate Team embraces the mission of "improving effective decision making in a multicultural society."  Our primary method for achieving the goal is to advocate for a new system of policy debate for a multicultural democracy.  We believe that academic policy debate is a microcosm of the American political process.  We believe that both processes currently under-perform due to an over reliance on power and privilege with too little emphasis on persuasion.  We believe that academic policy debate can transform the American political process if some adjustments are made to transform academic debate into a more accurate and relevant simulation of what we want the political process to achieve.  Our newly proposed "ethical system of policy debate for a multicultural democracy" is our attempt to make academic debate more like what we want the American political process to look like.