Speech and debate are skills that require study and practice, much like athletics. The mental and emotional endurance required for students participating in a national speech and debate championship rivals that of athletes on the field, but in debate the competitive advantage is words. Pair that with a meaningful problem worth solving, and a movement begins.
A movement is what Acclinate Genetics is working to create through its efforts to include, engage and educate minorities on the serious topic of health disparities. The issue was the subject at the National HBCU Speech and Debate Championship Feb. 28-March 1 at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.