Join the Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team

The Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team is looking for few good men and women to become the newest group of spirited debaters.
While there are a host of reasons you should accept this invitation, here are just a few for your consideration.

Participation on the debate team:

  • Improves grade point averages
  • Improves listening and note-taking skills
  • Improves reading skills
  • Improves oral communication skills (e.g., analysis, delivery, organization, and overall public speaking competency)
  • Enhances critical thinking skills
  • Improves researching skills
  • Improves knowledge of the social sciences
  • Transfers teachers into coaches, a perspective that encourages mentoring
  • Provides leadership training
  • Looks great on your resume

Many top attorneys, business executives, physicians, engineers, and elected officials were debaters, and for good reason. The power to persuade is highly respected, and there is no better way to master this art than through debate. Most notable examples of leaders with debate experience include Samuel Alito, Tom Brokaw, Jackson Browne, Jilly Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Johnny Cochran, Harry Connick Jr., Phil Gramm, Lee Iacocca, Barbara Jordan, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Richard Nixon, Brad Pitt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Karl Rove, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, Margaret Thatcher, Ted Turner, and Oprah Winfrey.

The thrill of competition, camaraderie of teammates, and travel opportunities make debate lots of fun!


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