As the oldest accredited club on campus, our mission as an organization is to encourage and facilitate the acquisition and refinement of public speaking skills. Each year, the UWODS strives to broaden the university debating experience for its members by participating in debates both on campus and throughout North America and abroad. With students from all faculties and walks of life, we thrive on the unique perspectives and contributions that each of our members bring forward.
The UWODS has a storied history. In the “Golden Nineties” Western teams routinely placed in the finals of major debating tournaments. Western’s teams won the ’97 national championship, were finalists in ’94, ’97 & ’98, won the ’97 North-American Championships, and were finalists in ’98 World Championships.
In recent years, the UWODS has grown its ability to attract and retain young debaters, sending countless people to tournaments around the world, including the 2014 World Championships in Chennai, the 2016 World Championships in Thessaloniki, the 2017 World Championships in The Hague, and 2018 World Championships in Mexico City.
The UWODS is committed to ensuring everyone who is interested has the ability to learn and practice debating, and can engage in competitive levels of debate. Join us as we embark on an exhilarating journey filled with great people, great socials, and even greater debates. Come and discover what it is about the wonderful world of debating that has enthralled so many students.
President – Seth Kibel
VP Training – Cassandra Cervi
VP Finance – Tony Yao
VP Communications – Emil Stanca
VP Logistics – Nicole Nowoselski
Member-At-Large – Andrew Cervi
Novice Representative – Adam Miller
Head of Fundraising – Amanda Henderson Jones
Leger Cup Tournament Director – Étienne Leclerc
High School Tournament Director – Ethan Curry