Silicon Valley Urban Debate League - 2019 Summer Debate Institute

July 22-26, 2019
Hosted at Yerba Buena High School, San Jose

Compete. Excel. Change the World.

Just Announced: Rising Stars from Broadway Leading Special Workshops on Day One of the SDI!

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The SVUDL 2019 Summer Debate Institute (SDI) takes place from Monday, Jul 22 - Friday, July 26, from 9am - 7pm each day. During this week-long Institute, students participate in interactive learning session taught by SVUDL staff and some of the best debate instructors in the country. The week culminates in a tournament and awards ceremony, giving students a true sense of what competitive debate looks like during the school year.

WHEN Monday, Jul 22 - Friday, Jul 26, from 9am - 7pm each day

WHERE Yerba Buena High School, 855 Lucretia Ave, San Jose, CA 95122

DETAILS Transportation and all meals are included!

Spaces are limited for this amazing opportunity. Click here to reserve your spot today!

For more information please call or email us at or 408-337-2493.


Rising Stars from Broadway Leading Special Workshop on Day One of the SDI!

In the world of Broadway theatre, Mondays are known as “dark” days as rarely are shows performed on Mondays. What do talented performers cast in award-winning musicals do on their Monday days off in the SF Bay Area? If you are Christopher Henry Young, Morgan Anita Wood, Marja Harmon and DeAundre Woods, all current cast members of the San Francisco tour of Hamilton, you are spending part of your day off on Monday, July 22 to lead special workshops for students attending SVUDL’s 2019 week-long Summer Debate Institute!

SVUDL is beyond thrilled to welcome these four talented rising stars of Broadway to Yerba Buena High School in San Jose to share some of their tips and tricks from the stage that may help our students hone their debate skills!

Meet SVUDL Lab Leaders for the 2019 Summer Debate Institute

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Primavera Leal Martinez has over 7 years of debate experience in both Lincoln Douglas and Policy Debate. She has worked with multiple Urban Debate Leagues as a Summer Debate Institute Lab Leader. As a college debater, Primavera was awarded many accolades, including receiving the All-American Debater award from the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA). In the fall of 2019, she will be pursuing her master's degree in communication studies from Fresno State, and she will be an assistant coach for the Barking Bulldogs Debate Team. 

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Saya Abney started debating in middle school at the High Meadows School and competed through the Atlanta Urban Debate League.  As a freshman in high school, she re-started, debated for, and coached the Riverwood High School debate team, reaching elimination rounds at both the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Championships in her senior year.  

Although she started as a traditional policy debater, Saya began to focus on kritikal debate and performance debate in high school.  Kritikal debate involves learning and debating about different theories of power, while the core of performance debate connects theory, community, and action. These gave Saya a greater appreciation for the transformative power of debate.

For the past few years she has been a lab leader with the Atlanta Urban Debate League debate camps and a regular judge at AUDL tournaments.  She is currently an undergrad at UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Ethnic Studies and Data Science.


Deven Cooper is the Director of Debate for Beach Forensics, where he coaches a growing policy debate team. He was the Cross-Examination Debate Association National Champion in 2008, a CEDA finalist in 2009, and made it to the Elite 8 of the 2009 National Debate Tournament. After competing at Towson University, Cooper completed a M.A. degree in Communication Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he helped several teams quality to the National Debate Tournament and the elimination rounds of several major national tournaments. After completing his M.A., Cooper became the Director of Debate at Fresno State University, where he coached the first all black female team and first team in the school’s history to reach the Sweet 16 of the National Debate Tournament.