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Join Us for the 2021 Virtual Mayors Challenge: The Great Water Debate


Join Us Fun & Informative Virtual Event Demonstrating the Power of Debate!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is proud to present our 9th annual Mayors’ Challenge Debate Fundraising Breakfast: The Great Water Debate. This event will be hosted virtually by Augsburg University on November 16th, 2021.

Four of our debaters from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Roseville school districts will face off in two teams, articulating arguments on how we steward one of our greatest resources – water.

Our VIP panel of judges (and you!) will pick the most persuasive team.

You will also see how the MNUDL creates new opportunities for our students to be champions – both in and out of the classroom.

Governor Tim Walz (Invited) and Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz will host the Governor’s table. Mayor Melvin Carter, Mayor Jacob Frey, and special guests will judge our debate. You have a chance to join them as a VIP judge with your sponsorship!

Schedule of Events: November 16th, 2021

8:30 am: Virtual Program Begins
– Debate & Student Panel
– Champion of Change

9:40 am: Decision by Mayor Carter, Mayor Frey and Panel

10:00 am: Program Concludes

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and how to register, check out Augsburg University’s Advancement Page.


8th Annual MNUDL Mayors Challenge Event presented by 3M & The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University.

Join us for our 8th Annual MNUDL Mayors Challenge Event presented by 3M & The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University.

2020 has been a year like no other. Disparities that have long existed have been laid bare by the devastating consequences of COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd. As our leaders debate solutions to best address these challenges, so do our students –students who show leadership in their communities today and will shape a better world tomorrow.

Please join us for a Mayors Challenge Great Debate that is like no other; our students will be virtual but no less passionate about raising their voices for policy change.

November 18, 2020 | This event is now virtual | 8am – 9am

Sponsorships & Individual tickets available:

Event Schedule

8:00 am – Welcome (opening remarks from Governor Tim Walz)

8:05 am – Student Debate and Panel

8:30 am – Call to Action

8:35 am – Champion of Change Award

8:40 am – Audience Vote & Reflections from our VIP Panel (including Mayor Carter and Mayor Frey)

8:50 am – End of Program


The Great Immigration Debate Invitation - information about the event

In this year’s Mayors Challenge, Minneapolis and St. Paul debaters will join forces to debate immigration reform. Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, along with representatives from our sponsors, will choose the winning team in front of an audience of education supporters.

The Great Immigration Debate

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Augsburg University, Foss Chapel

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast will be served.

Register your spot at the 2019 Mayors Challenge at Augsburg Advancement. 

Learn more about last year’s Mayors Challenge at our blog. 

The Minnesota All-Debate Reunion

118 years of MN High School Debate. 14+ years of MN Urban Debate. 73rd National Debate Tournament (NDT).

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is hosting the first all-debate reunion in conjunction with 73rd National Debate Tournament. If you debated in high school or college, we would love to see you there!

No matter which debate community you belong to – Congress, Classic, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, or Policy – we hope you will join us to celebrate debate! Come relive your debate memories, reconnect with friends, and hear from the newest generation of students about their experience in this transformative activity.

Save the Date: March 21st, 2019
Reception (Refreshments included): 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Dinner and Program 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Pinnacle Ballroom
The Graduate Hotel (Minneapolis, MN)
Price: $50

Tickets now on sale on Augsburg’s IA website! Use the Facebook event page to invite former teammates, coaches, rivals, and friends to join us for a night of fun, reminiscing, and making new connections.

Register Here

RSVP & Invite Friends


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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U of M Comm Studies logo


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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