It is wonderful to win trophies, but Concordia University’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team is about more than plastic, metal and fake marble. While we are about the business of succeeding competitively, CUI Forensics is more concerned about succeeding to develop students who are wise, honorable and cultivated. Spend a few minutes and learn a bit more about what makes CUI Forensics special.
Our History of Excellence
Since its founding in 2007, Concordia’s forensics team has become (arguably) the premier full-service forensics team in the Western United States.
National success.Concordia has won three national titles. In 2013, Concordia captured its first National title by winning Team Sweepstakes at the 2013 NPDA Championship Tournament. Concordia has since followed up with this level of success by taking second place nationally in 2014 and once again claiming the National Championship title in 2015. In 2018, Concordia brought home a new debate championship title: Top Speaker at the National Round Robin. Judith Teruya '18 was recognized as top speaker at this prestigious tournament.
During the 2018-2019 debate season, CUI debate teams advanced to elimination rounds 82 times. Debaters Ryan Corso-Gonzales '19 and Benjamin Lange '19 placed 4th at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, further than Concordia has ever placed in the history of the program. Debater Denise Sprimont '20 won top speaker at the Aztec Invitational. She and her debate partner David Vasquez '20 were in two final rounds during the season, and debaters Meghan Gleeson '20 and Kaitlyn Gleeson '20 won the San Diego State University Round Robin tournament held at Palomar College. Overall, Concordia again placed second in Team Sweepstakes at the NPDA Championship Tournament.
Regional success.CUI forensics has earned tournament championship honors at the two largest tournaments on the West Coast (the Aztec Invitational and the Sunset Cliffs Classic). Additionally, CUI has earned squad championships at tournaments hosted by CSU Long Beach, Palomar College, Point Loma Nazarene, San Francisco State, Delta College, Southwestern College, University of Utah, University of the Pacific and UC-Berkeley.
Why We Are Here
When you join the CUI Forensics Family, you become part of a group of people who support and care for one another, and try to love one another as Christ loves us. We think of ourselves as a smart, articulate, hard-working family. Research demonstrates that forensics programs enhance communication skills (Colbert & Biggers, 1985), research skills (Hunt, 1994), writing and organizational skills (Matlon & Keele, 1984), critical thinking skills (Allen, Berkowitz & Louden, 1995), increases student’s knowledge of the world (Shroeder & Shroeder, 1995) and enhances the classroom experience (Sprague, 1990). Concordia’s program will help you excel in all of these areas.
To learn more about the team, contact the Director of Forensics, Amanda Ozaki-Laughon, at (949)-214-3440 or email@example.com.