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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 2018-2019. 

 
 Aaron Schaffer-Neitz  President

Aaron Schaffer-Neitz

President

 Rahul Gosain  VP, Finance

Rahul Gosain

VP, Finance

 HILARY SONG  VP, Campus Affairs

HILARY SONG

VP, Campus Affairs

 ANNA Lu  VP, Public Affairs

ANNA Lu

VP, Public Affairs

 HANNAH HEALY  VP, Team Affairs

HANNAH HEALY

VP, Team Affairs

 Max Neuman  Varsity Practice Director

Max Neuman

Varsity Practice Director

 Céline Zhu  Team Liaison

Céline Zhu

Team Liaison

 Michael Wang  Secretary

Michael Wang

Secretary

 Rodda John  Deputy, Campus Affairs

Rodda John

Deputy, Campus Affairs

 
 Varun Venkatesh  Deputy, Public Affairs

Varun Venkatesh

Deputy, Public Affairs

 
 
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Thank you to our tournament sponsors! 

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