Community Impact Report 2019
Member Services – We’re here to support you!
We believe in providing the educational resources, competitive opportunities, and expertise necessary to foster every student’s communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills. While your team made the most of your member benefits and resources, we were there to provide the support you need to succeed.
Thanks to our sponsorship of the tool, Tabroom.com remained available for use by regular season tournaments free of charge.
Customer Service Testimonials
Our Honor Society recognizes middle school and high school students for participation in speech and debate activities. Throughout the year, we celebrated students, coaches, and schools as they earned distinction through speech and debate competition, academic excellence, community service, public speaking, and leadership activities.
Award Winner Spotlight
In the video below, our six finalists share how NSDA membership helped them find their voices, advocate for change, and serve their communities.
The National Speech & Debate Tournament returned to Dallas, Texas, June 16-21, 2019. The Middle School National Tournament took place June 18-21, 2019. We enjoyed hosting you during the largest academic competition in the world!
2019 NSDA Lifetime Achievement Award
2018-2019 Inclusion Commitments
Continued to promote the NSDA best practice guides for safe tournaments including all gender restrooms, use of the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy, and an inclusive tournament checklist. As a result, we have established a monthly email sharing safe tournament resources to tournament hosts with upcoming events registered on Tabroom.com.
Celebrated the diversity of our membership that coincide with national monthly celebrations specifically National Hispanic Heritage Month and Pride Month, which included literature collections, posters representing members of our community, and resources regarding equitable best practices and themed Extemp questions, Impromptu prompts, and Congress bills. On social media, celebrated Women’s History Month, Celebrate Diversity Month, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Hired the Pacific Educational Group to execute a diversity and inclusion workshop (known as Courageous Conversation) for members of the community to strengthen their own ability to talk about race and deepen their own racial narrative.
Following the Inclusion Workshop, the Board of Directors updated the NSDA’s core values to replace inclusion with equity.
Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Our 2019-2020 commitments will reflect this shift in focus and thinking.