FIU Debate team members, Abdel Reyes and Luis Toro, placed in the semi-finals round at the recent UCF Parli Joust in Orlando, FL. Luis Toro won the 5th place speaker overall award in the tournament. The October 22 tournament attracted teams from as far away as New York and the west coast. The FIU debate team will continue to compete throughout the rest of 2016 and 2017.
The FIU Debate Team, housed in the Communication Department, is a student group with a presence on both the MMC and BBC campuses. The team focuses on the importance of fostering public debate and public deliberation. Over the last 12 years, the FIU Debate Team has represented the university in collegiate competitions in a variety of public debate styles, which include parliamentary, British Parliamentary, and IPDA. It has grown exponentially, with students joining each year.