Stanford Invitational Tournament

It's not too late to join us for summer 2019 - sessions begin July 28th, August 4th & August 11th!

View our 2019 programs schedule.  Not sure which program to choose?  Review our "How to pick the right program" guide.

2-Week Public Speaking + Introduction to Debate Experience

Our 2-Week Public Speaking + Introduction to Debate Experience is designed to be a student's first structured experience with public speaking, debate and formal argumentation - no prior experience is necessary.  Speech & debate is a very powerful activity which teaches students many skills which are in high demand in the contemporary world: public speaking, research skills, writing and logical thinking!

This program starts from the ground up with our 1-Week Public Speaking Introduction session, which is designed to be a student's first structured experience with public speaking.  In the second week, students continue into our 1-Week Introduction to Argumentation & Debate session to learn the bedrock theories and methods necessary to enter the world of competitive speech & debate, along with a brief introduction to the major standardized formats of competitive debate which are offered at high schools around the nation.


2019 2-Week Public Speaking + Introduction to Debate Experience Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Rashid Campbell (Instructor)

Rashid Campbell, Instructor

Rashid was the top speaker at the 2014 National Debate Tournament (the collegiate national championship in policy debate), becoming the first African-American to receive this award. At the same tournament he was also a semifinalist and the first seeded team in preliminary rounds. Throughout the year, Rashid cleared at nearly every national tournament and received his 2nd back to back First Round At Large Bid to the NDT. He was also a Finalist at the Cross Examination Debate Association debate tournament of 2014. In high school, Rashid debated for the Bay Area Urban Debate League at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Tommye Weddington (Instructor)

Tommye Weddington, Instructor

Tommye Weddington is currently a sociology PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh focusing on race and social movements. Formerly an assistant coach with the City University of New York (CUNY) debate program, he has over five years of experience instructing communication and argumentation.


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.


2018 2-Week Public Speaking + Introduction to Debate Experience Staff Members Included:



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 14th - Jul 27th 9th-12th Stanford University $2,695.00 – $3,395.00
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