Dr. L. Frances P. Liddell Student Policy Debate

“Making a Difference in the Lives of People”

Established 1971
COMPA’S 11th ANNUAL
 “L. Frances P. Liddell Student Policy Debate”

          The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) is hosting its 11th adjudicated competitive “L. Frances P. Liddell Student Policy Debate,” on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10 am-12 noon during COMPA’s 2019 Annual Conference at the Hilton BWI Airport in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

          This policy debate will afford young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Affairs and related programs an opportunity to present and defend positions on current public policy issues.his policy debate will afford young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Affairs and related programs an opportunity to present and defend positions on current public policy issues.

          Participants will have the opportunity to enhance communications skills including the manner of delivery and persuasion. Specifically, this activity serves to assist in embracing those attributes and qualities desired of future public administrators–speaking competently and with confidence on public policy issues. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. The winning team will be awarded a trophy and will be recognized during COMPA’s Awards Ceremony.

“Being a part of the COMPA debate team was a great experience for me. As a debate team member, I was able to practice my impromptu speaking, strengthen my critical thinking, work on my communication skills and it forced me to think on my feet. At the conference, I was able to network with a range of people from graduate students to actual practitioners in the field. Overall, I believe that attending the conference assisted me in my continuous effort to gain more professional development, network with other people in the field and learn more about innovative practices in the public administration field.”


-ErikaSherin, Former Graduate Student
North Carolina Central University

“Thank you very much for the chance to participate in the Student Policy Debate—the certificate, trophy, and lapel pin.  I walked in that day just looking to observe not knowing I was going to leave a winner.  It was the best experience I had in Denver, Colorado!!!  Thank you again for bringing this  event to fruition and allowing me to practice my public speaking skills persuasively, enthusiastically and with conviction.  Additionally, I would like to provide info for Christopher Pierce, and pictures from the event.  It was a total pleasure and I would love to participate next year.  See you in DC.”                                                                               

                                                                                                                                  - -Stacey Lambert, Team Member

                                                                                                                                 2018 Student Policy Debate Winner

2019 Debate Topics:

Civil Disobedience, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, Immigration, Domestic Policy, Military Invention, Economics, Politics & Ethics, Education, Race Relations, Environmental Issues, Social Policy, Ethics & Morality, Voting Regulations, International-Foreign Policy, Gun Violence.

 Note:  Debate questions will not be disclosed prior to the debate event.

CRITERIA/ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION:

  • Contestants must be currently enrolled in Public Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration or related program or recent graduate of no more than one academic year.
  • Complete and submit an application
  • Register for the conference
  • Current membership in ASPA and/or COMPA

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