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The Pepperdine Waves Debate program offers an academic setting in which participants can enjoy exchanging ideas and growing relationships. You will get to know other students here at Pepperdine, as well as students from other colleges and universities. We have scholarships available for students who have a record of success in Worlds style/British parliamentary debate. Students with no prior experience are encouraged to join the team and may earn a scholarship after establishing themselves as a positive contributing member to the team in their first semester. Our program offers many opportunities for student leadership, including Team President and Chair of several committees.

Our program consists of a regionally, nationally, and internationally competitive intercollegiate debate team. We compete in Worlds style/ British parliamentary debate against other institutions of higher education. These competitions typically take place Friday through Sunday, and some require traveling for up to a full week. This travel is school sanctioned, but it is important to keep up in classes in order to guarantee instructors will excuse you for the travel.

Waves Debate is home to the Let's Argue program, which includes an on-campus debate series and an elementary school enrichment program. Debate team members are encouraged to volunteer for our elementary school enrichment program. Waves debaters have the opportunity to spend one day per week training 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in public speaking, debate, and advocacy. The team also interacts with schools and organizations upon request by hosting workshops, volunteering to judge, and training.

Contact Info

For general information, please send an inquiry to debatepepperdine@gmail.com

For specific questions, please contact Assistant to the Director of Debate, Michael Dubay at Michael.Dubay@pepperdine.edu

Scholarship, partnership, or event questions can be sent to Director of Debate, Abi Smith at Abi.Smith@pepperdine.edu