“One of the largest problems facing our nation and Silicon Valley is increasing inequality. High school debate, especially for the students SVUDL serves, is one of the most powerful tools to battle inequality.” - James Basile, SVUDL Board Member and Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jasleen Randhawa, a rising junior at Silver Creek High School in San Jose, was a member of one of the teams representing SVUDL at the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) championship tournament in Washington, D.C. in April 2019, and a member of the SVUDL team that placed 9th out of more than 200 teams at the National Forensic League championship tournament in Milwaukee in May 2019. She recently shared how SVUDL has changed her perspective on her own life and her goals for the future - click to read the full interview here
Avi Goel, Sandy Ouk, Jasleen Randhawa and Tiffany Tran, all students at Silver Creek High School in San Jose and coached by SVUDL Head Coach Jimi Morales, represented SVUDL during the 2019 National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) Championship Tournament in Washington, D.C. They earned this opportunity at our Henrietta Bells Nationals Qualifiers tournament in February. As part of the trip. As part of their trip to Washington, D.C., they had a special opportunity to visit the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court!
SVUDL was beyond thrilled to welcome San Francisco ‘Hamilton’ actors Morgan Anita Wood, DeAundre' Woods, Christopher Henry Young and Marja Harmon to our Summer Debate Institute workshop on July 22. These four talented rising stars of Broadway came to Yerba Buena High School in San Jose to share some of their tips and tricks from the stage to help our students hone their debate skills!
KQED was there to capture all of the action and talked to the stars to get their insights on the power of debate and living your truth.
SVUDL and the legal community are working together to open doors of opportunity for students and add needed diversity to the legal profession. Read the Association of Corporation Counsel article.