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|About||This is the official public page of the USD Speech and Debate Team. This activity open to any undergraduate student interested in impacting their liberal arts education.|
The USD Speech and Debate Team is committed to providing a team-centered and supportive environment in which students use competitive public speaking as a context for forming lasting friendships while practicing the foundational habits of a liberal education including empathy, wisdom, moderation and courage.
Aristotle observed that friendship is a necessary condition of human happiness and that friendships prosper when formed and maintained within a community of practice, like the USD Speech and Debate Team’s dedication to education and excellence in persuasive public speaking.
Empathy is knowing how to access the cognitive and emotional perspectives of others. On the USD Speech and Debate Team, empathy is practiced through peer coaching, audience analysis, performance and crafting speeches authentically expressing other perspectives.
Wisdom is the ability to apply essential humanistic, scientific, and technical knowledge to particular situations. On the USD Speech and Debate Team, wisdom is practiced by articulating solutions to significant problems, expressing the values of various communities and reflecting on successes and failures of the past.
Moderation is the ability to balance individualism against the communal needs of those professional and personal communities necessary for human flourishing. The USD Speech and Debate Team members practice moderation by respecting themselves, their teammates and the intercollegiate community of forensic competition.
Courage is the pursuit of one’s goals through a combination of preparation, commitment, and execution. The USD Speech and Debate Team members practice courage by defining competitive goals, articulating plans for achieving those goals and methodically working toward those goals within a supportive community.
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South Dakota & Interstate Team Champions (2015, 2017)
8th in Division II of President's Sweepstakes at NFA (2017)
SD Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence (2017)