The WDI has a proud history of collaborating with the finest college and university debate teams in the nation. Help us develop gender diversity in debate by becoming a WDI University sponsor. Your sponsorship will go directly for the participation costs of your sponsored student – not to overhead, not to staff, not to fundraising. The WDI is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and we are proud that 70% of our annual revenue comes from donations by individuals, universities, and foundations.
If your school would like to become a WDI University Sponsor, consider these options:
Sponsor the attendance of a talented debater at the WDI for $350.00. We will match your team with a student who lives in your region or is considering attending your school.
Donate any amount – $50, $100, $1000. We will use those funds to finance travel for our students, special events at camp, and travel expenses for our all-volunteer staff of incredible college debaters.
If your team would like more information about the WDI University Sponsorship program, please contact Beth Mendenhall.
Current University Supporters
Past University Supporters
Georgia State University
The debate team at Georgia State has enjoyed significant competitive success while providing opportunities for students with a variety of backgrounds. Georgia State accepts debaters of all experience levels, and competes in novice, junior varsity, and varsity divisions. Directed by Dr. Joe Bellon, the team has experienced success in all of these divisions, including appearances in the elimination rounds of CEDA and the NDT within the past five years at the varsity level. This year, Georgia State qualified a team to the National Debate Tournament. (location: Atlanta, GA)
Binghamton establishes this Fellowship because a partnership with the WDI is an excellent opportunity to give debaters the needed experience to excel in competition. Led by Director Joe Leeson-Schatz and coaches Armands Revelins and Guy Risko, Binghamton’s debate team emphasizes student leadership and participation. Incoming students with prior experience quickly find themselves on the varsity squad and traveling nationally. Binghamton consistently qualifies to compete in the prestigous National Debate Tournament and ranks in the top 10 debate teams in CEDA Sweepstakes. (location: Binghamton, NY)
University of Georgia
he University of Georgia has been fielding competitive teams in collegiate policy debate for over fifty years. The team is directed by Dr. Ed Panetta, with Hays Watson as the head coach. The 2013-14 season was a special one for the University of Georgia: it marked the twenty-fifth consecutive year that the school has qualified teams to the National Debate Tournament, just one example of the University of Georgia’s consistently exemplary debate record. (location: Athens, GA)
University of of Oregon
The University of Oregon debate team is among the best in collegiate parliamentary debate. The team boasts a wide array of awards, including having teams consistently ranked in the top 15 in the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE) rankings. During the 2013-14 season, a University of Oregon debater, Liz Fetherston, won the top speaker award at the NPTE. Under the leadership of Dr. Trond Jacobson, the new Director of Debate at Oregon, there is no doubt that the University of Oregon’s debate success will continue in the future. (location: Eugene, OR)
University of West Georgia
West Georgia has a proud, 40+ year history of policy debate. Housed in the Honors College and directed by the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Michael Hester, the West Georgia debate team has a consistent record of excellence. West Georgia debaters have accomplished numerous feats over the years, including back-to-back CEDA national championships. This year, West Georgia received a first-round at large bid to the National Debate Tournament and performed strongly at both CEDA and the NDT. (location: Carrollton, GA)
Colorado College Debate & Forensics
California State University Fullerton
Mt. Hood Community College
University of Northern Iowa