Policy Debate

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Skills Intensive (for all skill levels, except students that have never debated)

We offer two sessions of our Policy (or Cross-Examination) Debate Skills intensive programs – the only difference between Sessions 1 and 2 are the dates. A camper should attend either Session 1 or Session 2 of Skills, but not typically both.

        Session 1 | June 25th – July 13th, 2019 | $2,025

Session 2 | July 17th – August 4th, 2019 | $2,025

Theories of Power and Resistance Lab (for midlevel to experienced debaters)

We offer two sessions of TOPR to students interested in expanding their knowledge and skill of alternative approaches to policy debate. This will include a focus on both theory and performance.

Session 2 | July 17th – August 4th, 2019 | $2,025

6 Week Summer Survivors (for experienced debaters) June 25th – August 4th, 2019 | $5,450

Sophomore Select (for rising sophomores) June 25th – July 13th, 2019 | $2,575

Novice (for beginners of any age) July 19th – July 27th, 2019 | $1,250

2019 Policy/CX Curriculum, Teaching & Support Staff

UTNIF '18 Policy Curriculum Director

LaToya Green has 14 years of experience in competitive policy debate. Ms. Green experienced significant success in the five years she competed at Emporia State University, most notably earning ESU’s first individual speaker award in 50 years at the National Debate Tournament (NDT) in 2011 and being awarded the prestigious Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) “Debater of the Year” award in 2012, her final season. After competing, Ms. Green turned to coaching by accepting a graduate assistantship at Wake Forest University. The assistant coaching experience earned at WFU provided Ms. Green the opportunity to return to her alma mater, ESU, in 2014 as Director of Debate, before transitioning into the same role at Cal State Fullerton in Fall 2015. Ms. Green, who is the youngest director of debate in the country, has experienced competitive success in all divisions of the activity. During her short tenure as a director, she has been recognized as CEDA Mid-America Critic of the Year (2015), Coach of the Year (Weber State- 2015), and as the 2017 recipient of the Galentine Award, which recognizes exceptional women in coaching.


Sophomore Select Lead Instructor


Mary Gregg has been involved in debate for almost fifteen years. As an instructor, Mary leverages her competitive debate experience and knowledge of best practices in education to deliver content in an engaging and accessible way. Mary was a first-round debater at Northwestern University, twice reaching elimination debates at the NDT. As a coach, Mary has coached teams to UIL state, urban debate league nationals, TOC finals, and everywhere in between. Mary is a mathematics teacher at Science and Engineering Magnet, one of the top public high schools in the country. Mary likes math and science jokes, being outdoors, and helping her students achieve their goals.

Dr. Richard Garner is currently the Director of Debate at the University of Houston. Since first teaching atthe UTNIF in 2003, he’s taught labs at every skill level, helped design institute curriculum, and worked with students on everything from anarchy, to space elevators, to psychoanalysis. Before coming toHouston, he coached at Harvard for a decade, after stints at NYU, Columbia, and Emory. In the past, he’s had the privilege of coaching debaters that have won CEDA Nationals, the TOC, and top speaker at the NDT. In college, he won the CEDA National Championship at New York University, and in high school he debated in the late elims of both the UIL and TFA State Tournaments.

Nico Juarez has been involved in debate for 8 years now. Seeing teaching and learning as a site for liberation and enlightenment, Nico combines his experience doing competitive debate, his role as an active scholar in the humanities, and pedagogies of care to support students in achieving their personal and educational goals. Nico was a two-time first-round debater at the University of Oklahoma and succeeded in reaching elimination rounds at the National Debate Tournament multiple times. As a coach, Nico has experience working with a variety of traditional policy debate and critical debate students from both small and large schools. Outside of debate and academia, Nico enjoys visiting museums and wandering through book stories with coffee in hand. If asked about psychoanalysis, he tends to talk a lot.



Khalid Sharif is the current Assistant Debate Coach at Juan Diego Catholic High School and will be returning for his second year at the UTNIF. At the collegiate level, he competed for Weber State University and the University of West Georgia. Khalid was in elims of every major national tournament he attended, won multiple speaker awards, and received a first round at-large big to the NDT. This summer Khalid hopes to facilitate in depth learning on immigration while also emphasizing skill and strategy development.

David Kilpatrick recently gradated from University of Texas after debating for 5 years and has been actively involved with debate for over a decade. He currently coaches at Westwood High School and UT. During the 2018-19 season he’s coached teams to qualifications to the Tournament of Champions and the National Debate Tournament, including the Championship of the Longhorn Classic. This is his 7th UTNIF and he’s thrilled to be leading survivors this year. He absolutely loves debate and hopes to help students meet and exceed their goals for the next season.


Taylor Brough is currently pursuing her Masters of Communication at Wake Forest University, where she also coaches debate as a graduate assistant. Before coming to Wake, she coached at the University of Southern California, and before that, at Stanford University. Taylor has a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Vermont. While debating for Vermont, Taylor received a first-round at large bid to the National Debate Tournament and won CEDA Nationals with her team, Vermont BL. She won second speaker at the 2016 NDT. As a coach, Taylor has been involved with the successes of numerous college policy debate teams, most notably USC BL and Wake EF. She has worked with debaters at all levels of skill and experience, in college, high school, and middle school. This will be Taylor’s tenth year of involvement in policy debate and third year with the UTNIF. Last summer, she helped lead an innovative new lab, Theories of Power and Resistance, or TOPr, which provided a unique and intensive lab experience for UTNIF campers. Taylor hopes that UTNIF innovation continues this summer and looks forward to creatively researching and thinking about arms sales.


Pia Sen: Pia Sen is a rising 4th year debater at the University of Texas at Austin. This will be her third year debating for Texas. Previously, she was a debater at the University of Texas at Dallas. This is Pia’s second summer working at the UTNIF. Outside of college debate, Pia is a biology and computer science major with an emphasis in astrobiology. She is also a minor in Asian American studies.




Roberto ‘Bobbio’ Montero, Binghamton Debate, Class of 2020: I have been attending the UTNIF for the past 6 years, this is my third year as an instructor. Throughout the course of my high school and college career I’vecompeted n the elimination rounds of national tournaments from the Tournament of Champions to CEDA Nationals. My goal for this summer is to provide students with a strategic and successful mentality for the most productive season possible.

Zachary Watts is a rising second-year debater for the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, he debates as a 2N/1A, but also has previous experience in the 2A/1N position. This will be his first year attending the UTNIF camp. He looks forward to both deepening his knowledge and literature base for anti-blackness studies and providing assistance for the high school debaters attending the camp. Outside of debate, Zachary is a rising second-year chemical engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin.



Journey Sais is an incoming freshman at The University of Texas, dual majoring in political communication and government  in hopes of one day becoming a debate coach. She is a 3-year UTNIF alum and two of those years were spent with the Survivors Supersession Lab. She’s excited to learn more, teach, and be of any type of assistance when it comes to debate. She debated at Andrews High School qualifying for TFA/UIL 4 years in row, getting 3rd at UIL (4a) state and qualifying for Nationals 2 years, in 2017 and 2019. Her skills are high in tech, and knowing how to win with lay judges due to her experience on her local circuit. She believes high school accolades don’t define what type of debater you are, but who you are in round.

River Cook is an incoming freshman at UT where they are plan to double major in psychology and linguistics, as well as minor in philosophy. In high school, they competed for Hays HS in CX (3 years) and LD (1 year). They have experience as both a 2n and a 2a, and focus primarily on kritikal and performance debate, but believe that expertise in all types of debate are necessary to be successful. As a senior, they qualified for both TFA and UIL state, and are an alternate to NSDA nationals. They are a 2-year alumni of the UTNIF and are excited to come back and teach!

*Staff lists are evolving and not final. UTNIF may move staff into different programs and/or staff may ultimately not attend Summer 2019. This is a tentative list only!

Students attending UTNIF camps must be at least 13 years of age to stay as residents in the dorm. Students who are not 13 may be able to attend as commuters, with prior permission from the camp director.