Dr. L. Frances P. Liddell Student Policy Debate

The American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) and The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) is hosting the adjudicated competitive “Dr. L . Frances P. Liddell Student Policy Debate,” on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  during COMPA’s 2018 Annual Conference at the at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, California

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. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance communications skills including 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 plaque and receive a certificate of participation. The winning team will be recognized during the COMPA 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