WHO WE ARE
The mission of The Miami-Dade Urban Debate League (MDUDL) is to empower youth through competitive academic debate to become active learners, critical thinkers, and engaged global citizens who are honest and effective advocates for themselves and their communities.
Focusing on teamwork, advocacy, cooperative learning, academic excellence, critical reflection and individual student growth, we hope to provide tools that young people can use to ignite platforms towards global change.
The Miami-Dade Urban Debate league hosts programming for students from over 20 middle and high schools throughout the county.
Jose de Diego
Young Men's Prep
Booker T. Washington
North Miami Beach
South Dade Senior
Cydney Edwards is an alumna of the Chicago Debate League and participated in policy debate for four years in high school under head coach Bill Colson. Her debate career spans more than a full decade. After attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she served as Program Officer of School Support for The Chicago Debate Commission for 3 years under the leadership of Les Lynn, Edie Canter and David Song. She also worked briefly in Silicon Valley's debate scene with the UDL as well as expanding into Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas styles as a coach with a for-profit organization, Communication Academy. She is best suited to help the MDUDL focus on achieving specific programmatic goals as well as student learning, recruitment and retention.