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Equity Commitments

Current and Past Statements


Read our statement on George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

Read our statement on the Atlanta Attacks

NSDA Equity statement

Learn more about our 2020-21 Judge Accreditation and Equity initiatives announced on Aug 21, 2020.

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Free DEI Resources for Tournaments

Join us in making speech and debate a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive activity. Download or view free resources designed to support your efforts to make your classroom, practices, and tournaments more equitable. Thank you to the members of NSDA Coaches’ Caucus and other community members for significant contributions in developing these materials. Visit our Resources page and use the “inclusion” filter to the left of the screen to find more resources.

Free DEI Resources for Classroom/Practices

Coaches’ Caucuses

The NSDA coaches’ caucuses are a great opportunity to network with other coaches and join in important discussion and dialogue. Please register below to join them this summer or register for our free virtual Conference in August where they will all meet. Caucus participants are asked to abide by the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy at all times. Caucus participants are asked to abide by the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy at all times.

Black/African American Leaders
Adesuwa Omoruyi, TX
Jharick Shields, MS
Thursday, July 1 at 5:00pm CT
Hispanic-Latinx Coaches' Caucus

Hispanic/Latinx Leaders
Tony Ugalde, CA
Victoria Beard, TX
Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00pm CT

LGBT+ Coaches' Caucus

LGBTQ+ Leaders
Elle Barts, NE
Heath Martin, TX


Womxn Leaders
Jamelle Brown, KS
Kim Lenger, MO
Tuesday, June 29 at 6:00pm CT


Asian American Leaders
David Long, PA
Kris Igawa, OR

Persons with Disabilities Leaders
Victoria Freeman, NE
Jan Pizzo, OR
Thursday, July 1 at 8:00pm CT


Indigenous Peoples Leaders

Deborah Garoui, TX
John Samqua, KS
Tuesday, June 29 at 8:00pm CT

Harassment and Discrimination Policy


The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and staff the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The NSDA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises.

— Approved by the NSDA Board of Directors on December 13, 2018


Professional Development 

Coaches and teachers, visit the NSDA’s online learning platform, NSDA Learn, to find free courses on:

Alistair Tollar

Engaging and Mentoring Students with Disabilities

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Black Students at Tournament

Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students

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