About Us!

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 2016 World Championships in Thessaloniki, the 2014 World Championships in Greece, and the upcoming World Championships in the Hague.

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: Cassandra Cervi

VP Training: Ryan Howson

VP Finance: Tony Yao

VP Communications: Jacob Ferguson

VP Logistics: Emil Stanca

Member at Large: Seth Kibel