National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

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National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
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Abbreviation NAUDL
Headquarters Chicago

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that prepares low income students of color to succeed in college and in their future careers by organizing and supporting competitive debate teams in urban public schools across the country. The NAUDL engages in advocacy and fundraising on behalf of Urban Debate Leagues (UDLs), which operate at 500 high schools and middle schools in 19 cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles.[1] Debate is believed to improve critical thinking skills and educational outcomes.[2]

A map of core Urban Debate Network cities, expansion cities, and prospective sites for new UDLs.

Special Events

Urban Debate National Championship

Established in 2008, this tournament features 84 of the nation’s top UDL debaters squaring off in a major U.S. city every April. Debaters compete in regional tournaments for the right to advance to the National Championship. Shagun Kukreja and Amna Tariq from University High School of Humanities in Newark, New Jersey won the 2011 Championship on a 3-0 decision.[3]

NAUDL Annual Dinner

This event is held to “celebrate the growth of urban debate and its life-changing impact on students nationwide.” It takes place every April, and precedes the start of the National Championship. The event is attended by former debaters and supporters.[4]


  1. ^ "Urban Debate Quick Facts". About Urban Debate. NAUDL. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Barfield, Kenny (1989). A study of the relationship between active participation in interscholastic debating and the development of critical thinking skills with implications for school administrators and instructional leaders. University of Alabama,. 
  3. ^ "The Urban Debate National Championship". Events. National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "NAUDL Annual Dinner". Events. National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
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