Debate and Public Advocacy Institute

Learn about Debate and Public Advocacy!

Freshman Madeleine Langr ('15) and freshman Erica Duff ('15) of the Wake Forest University debate team prepare for the regional competition on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
Speak up. Speak out. Make a statement. Build your confidence and skills; become arguably the best you can be.

Spend one week this summer at Wake Forest University building confidence speaking, arguing, and learning to passionately advocate for yourself and others. Students will engage in discussions about current events and learn skills such as persuasion, legal reasoning, and the art of communication. Whether in the classroom, the boardroom, in your community or in the halls of Congress, students will enjoy applying advocacy skills in whichever environment their future takes them.

*Wake Forest also offers competitive policy debate workshops for 3 to 6-week sessions. Information about the intensive Wake Forest debate workshops can be found here.

At a Glance

**The application for summer 2024 will open on Nov. 1. Students may wait to apply or register for the Online Immersion Program – study online with Wake Forest anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.

2024 Dates: TBA

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Who Can Apply?: Current 9th – 12th grade students

Tuition: $2,800

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all Debate and Public Advocacy Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals of Argument
  • Rhetorical Tricks
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Social and Environmental Controversies
  • “Greatest” Debaters and Speakers

Hands-on Experiences:

  • Engage with guest speakers from business, politics, advertising and community organizations
  • Practice speaking for self-empowerment
  • Compete in debates on student-driven topics
  • Participate in candid, live discussions about timely topics with peers
  • Learn the preparation strategy for your next debate

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Debate and Public Advocacy

Institute Cost

Overnight | $2,800

Wake Forest debater Ian Miller, center, works with other debaters in the squad room in Carswell Hall on Friday, February 11, 2011.

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome from Justin Green and Program Ambassadors
  • 9:30 am – Mechanics of Speaking
  • 10:30 am – Advocacy Group Guest Speaker
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Great Speeches throughout Time
  • 2:00 pm – Debate Preparation
  • 5:00 pm – Debrief for Next Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change.

Meet Your Academic Leader

New Wake Forest faculty members pose for headshots during their orientation on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Justin Green, Communication.

Justin Green

Academic Leader, Debate and Public Advocacy Institute

Justin Green currently serves as the Head Coach for the Wake Forest Debate team and Professor of the Practice in Communication Studies. A secondary teacher by training and a debate and speaking coach by practice, Justin has combined these efforts to lead several workshops for students and teachers ranging from grades 3-16. He has coached the American Debate Association and Cross-Examination Debate Association National Champions as well as the four-time champion coach of the ACC. He is known for immense energy and an active classroom where students do more talking than “being quiet”. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Justin is excited to extend the campus to new guests each summer.