Participating High Schools:

  • Booker T. Washington Senior High
  • American Senior High
  • Homestead Senior High
  • Miami Carol City Senior High
  • Miami Central Senior High
  • Miami Edison Senior High
  • Miami Jackson Senior High
  • Miami Norland Senior High
  • Miami Northwestern Senior High
  • Miami Senior High
  • Miami Southridge Senior High
  • North Miami Beach Senior High
  • North Miami Senior High
  • South Dade Senior High
  • Young Men’s Preparatory Academy

Participating Middle Schools:

  • Carol City Middle
  • Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle
  • Horace Mann Middle
  • Jose De Diego Middle
  • North Miami Middle
  • Homestead Middle
    Brownsville Middle
    Norland Middle
    Redlands Middle
    Cutler Bay Middle
    Citrus Grove Middle
    Thomas Jefferson Middle
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Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS): M-DCPS is a significant partner with the Miami-Dade Urban Debate League.  In addition to the logistical and organizational support that it provides, M-DCPS works closely with the MDUDL to enroll programming for middle and high inner-city school students.

On March 17, 2016, Miami-Dade County Public Schools awarded the Miami-Dade Urban Debate League as the Dade Exemplary Partner in the category of civic/non-profit organizations, for the 2015-2016 School Year. The MDUDL was nominated by a volunteer debate judge who experienced firsthand the potential and impact of our program to urban students, at the Martin Luther King Classic Debate Tournament in January of 2016.

College Partners:  All major universities are involved. The University of Miami (UM), Florida International University (FIU), and Miami-Dade College (MDC) have committed to hosting monthly debate tournaments on their campuses and have recruited judges for each tournament to build a community of individuals who can provide meaningful feedback to the students participating.

Hosting debate tournaments on college campuses encourages students to graduate from high school and enroll in college and allows students to develop strong mentorships with faculty members. Our educational institution partners have committed to recruiting students from the MDUDL to pursue undergraduate degrees. There are representatives from each school serving as BOD members, our vision is to allocate funding to our partner colleges for scholarships for our students effectively providing access to education to the league’s participants.

Supporters: In addition to individual contributions, the Miami-Dade Urban Debate League has received substantial financial support from The Citi Foundation, Carnival Corporation, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Akerman LLP, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Broad & Cassel LLP, The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, School Board Member Dr. Martin Karp, The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, and the National Speech and Debate Association.

Board Chairs:

Clifford A. Schulman • Partner • Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman

Bobbie L. King Jr.• Senior Attorney • NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

Board of Directors:

Dale Reed • President • The Y Group, LLC

Ian M. Ross • Sharehodler • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Seema Chaturvedi • Managing Partner • Accelerator Group LLC

Alex Fraser • President • Smart Merchant Processing Corp.

Malou C. Harrison, PhD • President • Miami-Dade College North Campus

Caroline K. Lamarre • Surety Broker • Willis Towers Watson

Grace Mead • Shareholder • Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler

Arnaldo Perez • Counsel • Carnival Corporation

Richard A. Perez • Partner • Holland & Knight LLP

Stuart Harold Singer • Partner • Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

David L. Steinberg • Director of Debate & Professor at the School of Communication • University of Miami

Ana Bierman • Assistant Dean of Career Planning & Placement • Florida International University College of Law

Program Director:

Nalisa Saati

786-302-5858

Nalisa.Saati@urbandebate.org