Diversity and Inclusion

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Our Commitments

Each year, the NSDA solicits recommendations from Coaches’ Caucuses that convene at the National Tournament to help drive inclusion efforts for the following year. For 2019-2020, our inclusion commitments are still based on the caucus recommendations, but with the benefit of two additional steps we’ve taken to gain input and prioritize. To learn more about our current inclusion commitments, check out this article published in the 2019 November/December issue of Rostrum magazine.
You can also read about our past inclusion work in the following articles found in the 2018 September/October Rostrum and the 2018 February/March Rostrum.
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Inclusion Resources

Join us in making speech and debate a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive activity. You can download our free resources below to help make your team and your tournaments more equitable for all. Thank you to our members of the Coaches’ Caucus and other community members for significant contributions in developing these materials. Visit our Resources page and use the “inclusion” filter to the left of the screen to find related items to find more resources

Coaches’ Caucuses

We are honored to host a series of online coaches’ caucuses later this summer to discuss issues of inclusion in the speech and debate community. We hope interested coaches will join in this important discussion and dialogue!

Black/African American Coaches' Caucus
Black/African American
Aaron Timmons, TX
Adesuwa Omoruyi, TX
Jharick Shields, MS
Black/African American –  Tues, June23
2pm – 4pm CT
Hispanic/Latinx Coaches' Caucus
Saul Grullon, NJ
Victoria Beard, TX
Hispanic/Latinx  – Tues, June 23
4pm – 6pm CT
LGBT+ Coaches' Caucus
Crawford Leavoy, NC
Elle Barts, NE
LGBT+  – Wed, June 24
Noon – 2pm CT
Womxn Coaches' Caucus
Jamelle Brown, KS
Kim Lenger, MO
Womxn –  Wed, June 24
4pm – 6pm CT
Asian American Coaches' Caucus
Asian American
David Long, PA
Kris Igawa, OR
Asian American – Tues, June 23
Noon – 2pm CT
Persons with Disabilities Coaches' Caucus
Persons with Disabilities
Victoria Freeman, NE
Jan Pizzo, OR
Persons with Disabilities –  Wed, June 24
2pm – 4pm CT
In order to continue to provide as secure and safe of a space as is possible, this year’s coach caucuses will be hosted through our Nats20 site at competition.speechanddebate.org.
If you were a judge at the National Tournament, you are able to login using your Tabroom.com account just as you did to participate in the tournament. If you were not a participant of the National Tournament, we will need to add you. Please complete the below form so that we can add you to the system.

Harassment and Discrimination Policy


The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and staff the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The NSDA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises.

— Approved by the NSDA Board of Directors on December 13, 2018


Tournament Invitation to School Administrators

Inviting administrators from area schools to attend local tournaments is a great way to spread the word about speech and debate and make our activity more inclusive! Download our letter templates for inviting school administrators with and without speech and debate programs.

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The Third Thing Institute: NSDA Executive Summary

The NSDA conducted a multicultural organizational assessment in 2018, inviting the organization’s coaching leadership, including district and caucus leaders, to share their opinions of our progress in many areas of work including our resources, practices, standards, Code of Honor, Coaches Code of Ethics, and leadership.

The results of that survey, which garnered approximately 160 external stakeholder responses, were provided along with caucus recommendations to the Third Thing Institute, headed by Dr. Sherry Watt at the University of Iowa, for further analysis. After review of the feedback we received through both channels, the Third Thing Institute recommended we focus on external training and leadership this year.

The following executive summary includes survey data collected by the NSDA leadership from both their internal staff and external members of the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). Data was collected around the time of the National Tournament in 2018.

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