About Us

Our History

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Tournament at Yale University, February 2019

UMass Amherst has sponsored debate programs for over a century, reforming about every decade. Our current iteration, University of Massachusetts Debate Society, was re-founded in 2015. We represent the Commonwealth with pride, competing primarily in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, the oldest intercollegiate parliamentary debate league in the United States. If you were a member of our team before 2015, we want to hear from you! Contact us here to share memories and photos so we can preserve our history.

Evolution of Our Logos (2015, 2019, 2020)