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Gonzaga Debate Institute

The 2022 Gonzaga Debate Institute

Welcome to the 2022 GDI! For over 50 years students from across the nation, and of all experience levels, have attended the GDI to advance their understanding and practice of competitive policy debate. We appreciate your interest in learning more about the institute and invite you to check our faculty and program pages for a lot more information of what you can expect from the GDI experience.

Your initial question is likely, will GDI be online or in-person? We are pleased to announce that this summer will mark the return to in-person/on-campus instruction for all our programs! We will also continue to offer an online option for those who prefer the remote experience. While our in-person space is limited, we are hopeful we can accommodate everyone who would like to attend in-person. Of course, it is difficult to predict with certainty what the public health situation will look like months from now. If those conditions change and local/state guidelines require we return to remote camp will be prepared for that pivot. For now, we are optimistic it will not come to that and that we will once again host students on our beautiful campus. For students attending in-person GDI there will be vaccination requirements, and testing and (possibly) mask mandates in place as per University policy. All of that will be detailed in your orientation materials.

Our application is available here and we encourage you to apply early!

The 2022 GDI Dates

  • 5 Week Scholars (Policy Debate)—Monday, June 20 – Sunday, July 24
  • 5 Week Sophomores (Policy Debate)—Monday, June 20 – Sunday, July 24
  • 4 Week Policy Debate (Varsity and JV)— Monday, June 27 – Sunday, July 24
  • 2 Week Policy Debate (Varsity, JV, Novice) — Monday, July 11 – Sunday, July 24
  • 2 Week International Program - Policy Debate — Monday, July 11 – Sunday, July 24

For those of you new to the GDI here is a little info about who we are and what we do. The GDI has been hosted on the campus of Gonzaga University (WA) for over 50 years, making us one of oldest summer debate institutes in the nation. Over that time the GDI has developed a proven curriculum which has assisted thousands of students in developing their debate skills and preparing them for competition at all levels of experience. Whether a student’s goal is to win the TOC, NSDA, NDCA, their state championships, or just to develop some basic advocacy and speaking skills the GDI has a program and faculty that is right for them. In addition, we offer one of the most cost competitive pricing structures of any institute of our size and reputation. Debaters seeking a challenging, rewarding, and competitive summer should consider joining us for what promises to be another outstanding GDI experience.

This is what former TOC Champion and first round debater John Spurlock (Cal Berkeley) said about his multiple experiences at the GDI.

I had an amazing time in beautiful Spokane my three summers at the Gonzaga Debate Institute. More importantly the Gonzaga Debate Institute formed me as a debater in every essential way. I learned intricate elements of debate theory and discussed and thought about debate one-on-one with incredibly experienced staff in a way that I never had before. I not only researched a hard to produce set of files that I would use the entire season, but I also learned the skills to quickly and efficiently research innovative arguments of all kinds in the future. I worked with lab leaders to perfect my speaking style, striving to both make the best argument and say those arguments in the best way possible. Most importantly, however, I developed a particular way of thinking about debate, a set of strategic and tactical skills that has shaped every single speech that I have given since. None of my success in high school debate would have been possible without the Gonzaga Debate Institute and I give it my highest recommendation.
John Spurlock, TOC Champion and NDT Top Speaker

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