Debating Society

Challenge. Fun. Friendship. Those are just some of the words that are associated with college-level debating. The Dominican University Debating Society is the University’s premier co-curricular student organization on campus. It is dedicated to advancing civil discourse in society while developing effective communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills among every Debate Team member. For the many students through the years who have experienced it, the Debating Society is more than just another team or student club on campus but a congenial community bonded together by the desire for good fellowship and reasoned discourse. While it is true that everyone argues, only some really know how to debate. Be a debater…and join the fun.

Many top individuals in law, government, business, entertainment, and education were college debaters. There is a very good reason for that.

Through collegiate debating students:

  • Develop highly marketable skills
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Grow at their own pace
  • Earn experience points for the Honors Program
  • Build valuable resume material for graduate school or job applications
  • Have Fun!
  • Meet new and interesting people
  • Compete in stimulating intercollegiate tournaments
  • Win trophies

The Debating Society is open to all students regardless of major or grade level. No prior experience is needed, just a passion to excel and a desire to be a good teammate. The Debating Society meets weekly to practice for tournaments and plan Team events.

The normal meeting time is during the Common Hour on either Tuesdays or Thursdays in Casey Hall, Room 16. For more information, please contact the Debating Society Moderator, Dr. Christopher Libertini, at or (845) 848-4069. Students are also welcome to stop by the office located in Casey Hall, Room 18.