Proven Results

More than 60% of our alumni become volunteers/donors.

Urban debaters are 80% more likely to graduate from college.

Historically, the Malcolm X Debate Society at U of L has graduated Fulbright recipients, attorneys, judges, and ivy league scholars.

At graduation, the average GPA of an urban debater is 3.23, significantly above the college readiness benchmark

Our students have earned more than 10,000 hours of community service.

Director Tiffany Dillard-Knox was the first Black woman to earn the Galantine Award.


Participating in a policy debate program and academic achievement among at-risk adolescents in an urban public school district: 1997–2007, Journal of Adolescence, Oct. 2012. Impact of participating in a policy debate program on academic achievement: Evidence from the Chicago Urban Debate League, Educational Research and Reviews, Sep. 2011. New Preliminary Findings from the Chicago Debate League Study Presentation by Dr. Briana Mezuk, PhD and Susannah Anderson, MPH, April 19, 2013.