On April 9 and 10, Millersville University (MU) students competed in a debate tournament sponsored by the Douglass Debate Society which is present across all 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). In addition to MU, sister schools West Chester, Indiana University of PA, East Stroudsburg, Shippensburg, Bloomsburg and Kutztown attended the debate. Two MU teams came away with the top spots. Bevan Fields and Brittany Brown were the first place winners and Martwann Alston and Sheriece Smith came in second place with Paris Gregoire and Briana Spears scoring the highest number of earned points of all the teams competing.
Millersville University students competing included:
Team 1: Bevan Fields and Brittany Brown – First Place Winners
Team 2: Miah Shepperson and Hope Garner
Team 3: Paris Gregoire and Briana Spears – Highest number of earned points of all the teams competing!
Team 4: Martwann Alston and Sheriece Smith – Second Place Winners
Team 5: Emily Spencer and Kaitlyn Trexler
Guided by the spirit and legacy of distinguished orator and statesman Frederick Douglass, the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative is committed to creating inclusive university communities and transformative connections among historically underrepresented students and faculty, as well as other communities across the Commonwealth and beyond. As a network of scholars who deliver forward-thinking initiatives that promote inclusive excellence and enhance access and success, the institute seeks to advance the state of knowledge and practice around educational engagement and achievement. The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative exists across the 14 PASSHE universities.
The Douglass Debate Society is designed to increase the engagement of first-generation, low income and students of color in high-impact educational opportunities. The Society encourages students to think deeply and critically about contemporary issues and policies that have high significance to communities across the Commonwealth and communities of color, and provides opportunities for debaters to develop leadership, public speaking and advocacy skills that are cornerstones to engaged citizenship.
For more information on the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative, visit http://frederickdouglassinstitute.org/.