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The Great Education Debate


Presented by: The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University

Join us for a networking breakfast on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM at Augsburg University’s brand new, award-winning Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Exciting changes are bringing fresh energy to our 6th Annual Mayors Challenge!

The event welcomes the new mayors of the Twin Cities, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, as well as MN Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, who will both adjudicate this year’s debate. The event will be newly hosted by Jana Shortal of KARE-11, and we will also honor our first-ever Champion of Change Award recipients: The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and Representative Ilhan Omar.

With this year’s debate topic, Career and Technical Education, our students will engage in issues they live in the classroom every day. Attending the Mayor’s Challenge is an opportunity to greet the new mayors, network with corporate and organizational leaders who advocate for education, and meet our amazing students.

Tickets & Sponsorships Opportunities available: Contact Amy Cram Helwich, Executive Director – 612-359-6467 |

Details can be found here: Sponsorship Form (pdf)

Register as a sponsor or purchase individual tickets.

VIP Sponsor:

Entenza Law Firm logo

Changemaker Sponsor:

UnitedHealth Group Logo

Leadership Sponsors:

Solem Risk Partners

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Past Events:

Save the Date for Great Trade Debate, see text below

Mayors Challenge 2017

Thanks to our 2017 Great Trade Debate sponsors and partners:


Presenting Sponsor:


Arthur N. Rupe Foundation: Creative Solutions for Societal Issues
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation

Changemaker Sponsor:


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Cargill Foundation

Leadership Sponsors:


Deluxe Logo UnitedHealth Group Logo Faegre Baker Daniels logo
Deluxe Foundation UnitedHealth Group Faegre Baker Daniels
U of M Communication Studies Department logo Dorsey logo Gustafson Gluek PLLC logo
University of Minnesota Communications Dorsey & Whitney LLP Gustafson Gluek PLLC
Meg Luger-Nikolai & Pete Nikolai Linnea Solem Dean & Jennifer Eyler


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Twin Cities Public Television Civic Eagle


Thanks to sponsors of the Great Surveillance Debate in 2016

Mayors Challenge 2016

Thank you to all of our sponsors at the 2016 Mayor’s Challenge debate!

Through your collective contributions we raised $26,000 that will keep young people debating, learning, and ensuring their voices are heard.

Click our sponsors’ logos below to learn more about their work:


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