Mission & Vision
We envision a world in which every school provides speech and debate programs to foster each student’s communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills.
The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to modeling and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion for all speech and debate communities.
We are continuously transforming our organization to reflect and operationalize the values of equity, integrity, respect, leadership, and service.
We will take responsibility.
We will heed, learn, and evolve.
We will work conscientiously to model and foster an inclusive and equitable speech and debate experience for all.
“Discussion dilutes division. If we just stick to our very own opinions, then we’re not being exposed to other people’s ideas.”
Katherine Hu, Class of 2017
Hear more about the importance of speech and debate, and see how our students prepare for intense competition, in the video below!