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Speech & Debate Team Talks Its Way into Stellar Season

The Speech and Debate Team is ranked among the top 30 percent of the nation’s best collegiate debate teams at the end of its inaugural season of competition.

The award-winning team, part of the Department of Rhetoric in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, earned this standing among the 79 colleges and universities that competed at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention in Athens, Ohio in March.

Two Hofstra students, Dion Pierre and Victor Parbat, also received individual awards in the impromptu speaking category during the Athens tournament.

The honors add to the 30 individual and team prizes that the team has received in six intercollegiate competitions since its relaunch last September under the leadership of Associate Professor and Director of Forensics, Tomeka Robinson, PhD, and graduate assistants Sean Allen, Jaysin Spradley, and Sierra Ortega.   

Dr. Robinson was also voted president-elect of Pi Kappa Delta, the oldest national collegiate forensic organization, making her the first person of color to be president of national collegiate speech and debate organization in the United States.

Participation on the team is open to students of all majors and can help improve communication, critical thinking, and presentation skills.  Students interested in joining for the fall semester should contact Dr. Robinson at

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