A celebration of free speech, civil discourse and democratic engagement at Arizona’s public universities, the Regents’ Cup engages students in rigorous debate anchored by respect and civil discourse. The Regents’ Cup provides an opportunity for students to compete through debate for scholarships and course credit in an engaging competition showcasing the commitment of the universities to upholding the intrinsic rights of all students to liberty and freedom of speech. The application process for 2019 is closed; applications for 2021 will be available to students in spring 2020. Next Regents' Cup will be held February 2021.
Debate at public universities is a historic tradition that fosters leadership in students and rewards academic skills of questioning, sound argument and confident speaking. The Regents’ Cup competition is designed for students from all of Arizona’s public universities to engage in rigorous debate.
Team members participate in rounds of civil dialogue, solutions, persuasive storytelling and Oxford-style debate, sharing true stories from personal experiences. Participants adhere to a standard code of conduct, as defined by national benchmark standards. Judges score teams and declare first, second and third-place teams. Each team receives a portion of a scholarship purse.
The inaugural Regents’ Cup was held at the University of Arizona, McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen Street in Tucson, on Nov. 16, 2019. Semi-final and final rounds were open to the general public during the afternoon. This tri-university competition featured student team members engaging in debate and speech events that honor participants for articulating different points of view in an environment where competitors remain civil and respectful.
First, second and third-place winning Regents’ Cup teams were awarded a scholarship to apply toward the advancement of their education. Students selected to take part in the Regents’ Cup may be eligible to receive either internship or course credit for their work.
1st place – ASU: Valielza O’Keefe and Joshua Pardhe
2nd place – UArizona: Vincent Jasso and Finley Dutton-Reid
3rd place – ASU: Jessica Carter and Logan Guthrie
UArizona: Nyah Fyfe and Marnie Gyorffy.
Sponsors may showcase their support for Arizona’s public universities and free speech through Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship opportunities. Sponsor benefits include an invitation to the Regents’ Cup reception following the event competition, prominent logo display in the main lobby highlighting the competition, brand recognition through social media promotion and news releases, and recognition on the event’s invitation.
Three distinctive styles of debate are featured during the Regents’ Cup competition - persuasive storytelling, solutions and Oxford-style debate. Materials in these sections will prepare judges through descriptions of debate styles, scoring information and the process and flow for each style.
Judge's Training MaterialsOxfordPersuasive StorySolutions
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* Universities select team members based on university criteria. Submission of the application does not guarantee selection.