The Minnesota Urban Debate League (MNUDL) serves young people in Minneapolis and St. Paul through academic competitive debate.

Each year the National Forensic League chooses a policy topic that debaters affirm (propose a policy to solve a problem) as well as negate (show why that policy won’t solve the problem, will make things worse, or will cause other problems if enacted).

During the 2014-2015 school year, the topic is: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the earth’s oceans. 

Students must research, analyze, and defend different policy options, and in the process increase their critical thinking, reading comprehension and public speaking skills. Students compete against other schools throughout the region at weekend debate tournaments held during the school year.