The Dartmouth Forensic Union fields Dartmouth’s intercollegiate policy debate team.

Our Mission & Team Philosophy

We are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to debate that promotes critical thinking.  The DFU serves Dartmouth’s mission of supporting the vigorous and open debate of ideas within a community marked by mutual respect in co-curricular activity.

Our team philosophy emphasizes:

  1. Listening and researching arguments of all types with respect.
  2. A team environment that challenges students intellectually while supporting their growth.
  3. Trusting one another in our collective efforts to develop as members of the Dartmouth community, debate community, and beyond.


Brooks Cup for Debating

The Brooks Cup was established in 1922 by George R. Brooks ’22 of Lynn, Mass. in honor of his mother. It is awarded annually to the outstanding debater of the year. Winners have their names added to the Brooks Cup.

Lockwood Debating Prize

An Endowed Prize awarded to debaters for competitive excellence.

Bailey First-Year Debating Award

Given to exceptional first-year debate team members.