AUSG's KPU announced a debate series with the AU Antiracist Research & Policy Center to launch in Spring 2018.

For the first time in history, American University will be launching a debate speaker series organized by the Kennedy Political Union and AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center. The series will launch in the spring.


Due to the divisive and polarizing nature of current politics, this debate series aims to transform traditionally reactive arguments into proactive debates.


Shyheim Snead, KPU Director, says, “KPU is thrilled to partner with the Antiracist Research and Policy Center to start this debate series next year. More than ever, the current times call for proactive discussions to complex problems. Morgan Stahr, our outreach coordinator, has worked hard on the roll-out of this application, and we are thrilled to get a motivated set of students to work on the initiative.


At these debates, there will be student judges and real-time student fact checkers. We’re looking for top-notch candidates to go through a training process to then judge and fact-check the debates in the spring.


As a judge, students will be responsible for taking points away and giving points during the debate based on a set of guidelines. And, as a fact checker, students will engage in real-time fact checking at the debate, including finding credible sources to verify all information presented.


Applications are due November 10.


Questions about the application process or positions can be directed to