Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational

Each January, ASU welcomes more than 1,600 high school students, members of the National Speech & Debate Association, from all around the country to participate in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational. 

This is the largest high school tournament in Arizona. 

The event also includes judges, coaches, and parents.  All told, nearly 2,000 people come to the ASU Tempe campus for this event. 

Read more here Tournament information

Southwest Speech and Debate at ASU

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication runs a speech and debate program on the Tempe campus each summer in July for high school students. 

Managed by the ASU Forensics Team, the high school program brings more than 100 students from across the Southwest to attend the Southwest Speech and Debate program for two weeks of instruction in July. 

Program Details 

The Arizona Debate Institute

The program, also managed by the ASU Forensics Team, is for college students. Geared toward the novice or first or second-year participants in college policy debate, it is the only such instruction for college students in the country.

Program Details