COLUMBIA

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Welcome to CDS: Columbia’s Official Parliamentary Debate Team

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WHAT WE DO

We regularly compete on both the American Parliamentary and British Parliamentary debate circuits. Our members are intellectually curious and have a passion for discussing a variety of topics. We also seek to bring debate into the mainstream Columbia community by hosting public events, and increase Columbia’s recognition in the national debate circuit by organizing our very own annual college tournament.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Team members are actively involved both on and off campus. Accomplished debaters coach at Columbia’s middle school and share important critical thinking skills and public speaking tips to young and aspiring students. We also partner with other universities and campus organizations to bring debates to the public.

TOURNAMENTS

CDS hosts three tournaments every year - the Jeff Williams Memorial College Tournament in American Parliamentary, the Columbia Invitational for high school students competing in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Congress, and Speech events, and the Ivy League Parliamentary Championship. For more information, please visit the tournaments page in the navigation bar above.

 
 
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Our Leadership

Meet our Executive Board for 2019-2020. 

 
Zoë Ewing  President

Zoë Ewing

President

Liza Bukingolts  VP, Finance

Liza Bukingolts

VP, Finance

Grace Protasiewicz  VP, Campus Affairs

Grace Protasiewicz

VP, Campus Affairs

Varun Venkatesh  VP, Public Affairs

Varun Venkatesh

VP, Public Affairs

Max Neuman  VP, Team Affairs

Max Neuman

VP, Team Affairs

Matt Simons  Varsity Practice Director

Matt Simons

Varsity Practice Director

Emily Ringel  Team Liaison

Emily Ringel

Team Liaison

Hart Rapaport  Secretary

Hart Rapaport

Secretary

Devyani Goel  Deputy, Campus Affairs

Devyani Goel

Deputy, Campus Affairs

 
Catherine Zhu  Deputy, Public Affairs

Catherine Zhu

Deputy, Public Affairs

 
 
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