Thank you to all our donors for helping us reach our initial goal! Can you help us get to $5,000?
Any donations beyond our initial goal will go towards sending an additional two teams to the Two-Step and setting up a scholarship fund for members with financial need.
Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley, UC Berkeley’s national championship-winning NPDA debate team, provides individuals of all experience levels with the opportunity to successfully compete in intercollegiate parliamentary debate. We are currently hoping to fundraise for six of our two-person teams to attend the Texas Two Step, a week-long debate tournament in January.
Most other universities that compete in this form of debate have full-time coaches, a budget, and administrative support, but we rely on your donations and support to keep our program running and attend tournaments. The $3,000 we are aiming to raise will go directly to covering the additional transportation and registration costs of sending more than two teams, and would allow us to send at least two more teams to the tournament.
We have had great successes at the Texas Two Step in the past! Last year, a UC Berkeley team took second place and won an award for the best preliminary record. We have also had individual debaters place first and second in speaking points, with three others in the top 20. Right now, we have the financial ability to send only two partnerships, which usually end up being students with the most competitive experience and have also attended multiple other travel tournaments.
Because the Two Step is actually two back-to-back tournaments, it doubles our teams’ chances to qualify for Nationals and attend two tournaments for the price of one. Any donations we receive will directly benefit our less experienced teams to allow for debate education, as well as lower income students who might otherwise be unable to compete. Please donate today to support our mission in keeping debate inclusive to all our passionate students.
If you have any questions about the team or want to get in touch, please feel free to reach out! You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through our Facebook page at facebook.com/ParliDebateAtBerkeley/. Also, keep track of the team's progress at parli.berkeley.edu!