“The members of DFS look to the organization as a place for constructive academic growth aimed at public advocacy addressing local and global issues. The skills and confidence students can gain from this organization are indispensable to any professional path.”
— Communicology Major Ryan Delaney
The mission of the Debate and Forensics Society (DFS) is to provide the University with a forum to develop student’s argumentative abilities through good-spirited competition to engender active and sophisticated participation in educational, professional and civic dialogue. Our weekly meetings center around competitive argumentation, but we also host, participate, and support a variety of other collegial and community events. DFS is particularly focused on national and international debate competitions in the Worlds Parliamentary format and an intercollegiate intramural program that benefits all Hawai‘ian colleges. Our program contends debate is not an ivory tower exercise; it is an activity with wider benefits to our university and local community.
• Debate and Forensics Society teams compete at prestigious debate tournaments such as the U.S. Nationals, the Yale IV, the Oxford IV, World Championships (E.g. Istanbul, Botswana), the Claremont National Open, and HPU’s Pan Pacific Championship.
• DFS supports local debate organizations by providing volunteer student judges for the Hawai‘i Speech League, Chevron Keiki Speech Tournaments, and the Radford Complex Speech Festival. In addition, DFS has hosted panel discussions, guest speakers, and numerous open houses with live debates.
• Each semester DFS hosts an Intramural Debate Tournament at UHM featuring debaters from UHM, Hawai’i Pacific University and Honolulu Community College.
• DFS has an active program of training and institutional knowledge development that encourages both novices and experienced debaters.
• The Debate and Forensics Society is a Non-Profit Registered Independent Student Organization at the University of Hawai’i at M?noa supported by a faculty Director, student governance, and the Communicology department. It is open to all UHM students.
To learn more about the Debate and Forensics Society, please contact:
Dr. Robert R. Boller Asst. Professor of Communicology
(808) 956-3324 – email@example.com – George Hall 317
To help support the DFS mission, please consider a tax deductible gift:
2nd Bi-Annual Warrior Intramural Debate Tournament