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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

Professional Development 

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

Building Supportive Cultures to Prevent Bullying and Harassment

Building Supportive Cultures to Prevent Bullying and Harassment

Engaging and Mentoring Students with Disabilities

Engaging and Mentoring Students with Disabilities

Engaging and Mentoring LGBTQ+ Students

Engaging and Mentoring LGBTQ+ Students

Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students

Building Supportive Cultures to Prevent Bullying and Harassment

2021 Online National Speech and Debate Conference

The 2021 NSDA National Conference, a free conference advocating for more equitable and inclusive speech and debate communities, was held online August 3-5, 2021. Recordings are available for many of the sessions.

Coaches’ Caucuses

The NSDA coaches’ caucuses are a great opportunity to network with other coaches and join in important discussion and dialogue. Please check back for schedule of their meetings this summer. Caucus participants are asked to abide by the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy at all times.

Black/African American Coaches' Caucus
Black/African American Leaders
Adesuwa Omoruyi, TX
Jharick Shields, MS
Aaron Timmons, TX
Hispanic-Latinx Coaches' Caucus
Hispanic/Latine Leaders
Tony Ugalde, CA
Victoria Beard, TX
LGBTQ+ Coaches' Caucus
LGBTQ+ Leaders
Heath Martin, TX
Elle Barts, NE

Wed, September 28 – 7:00 p.m. CT

Wed, October 5 – 6:00 p.m. CT

Wed, October 19 – 6:00 p.m. CT

Womxn Coaches' Caucus
Womxn Leaders
Jamelle Brown, KS
Kim Lenger, MO
Asian American Coaches' Caucus
Asian/Pacific Islander Leaders
David Long, PA
Kris Igawa, OR
Abilities United
Abilities United Caucus Leaders
Jan Pizzo, OR
Jessie Meyer, IA

Sun, October 23 – 6:00 p.m. CT

Wed, September 14 – 6:30 p.m. CT

Wed, October 12 – 6:00 p.m. CT

Indigenous Persons
Indigenous Persons Leaders
John Samqua, KS
Hilary Metzger, KS

Mon, October 10 – 6:00 p.m. 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


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.