April 26, 2022 | By Sayyida Jean-Charles
In case you missed it, at the beginning of April, BDL debaters and alumni from Debate en Español started their mornings live on air! Students showcased their skills in a four-day debate series on El Mundo Boston’s groundbreaking public affairs show La Hora del Cafe. Debaters and alumni representing Everett High School, Fenway High School, Brighton High School, Bridgewater State University, and Clark University joined hosts Alberto Vasallo, III, and Natalia Aponte Reyes virtually and in person. Viewers had a chance to witness intense, fast-paced, informative debate sessions, where students presented their arguments and touched on their involvement with competitive debate. The mini-debates were in Spanish and featured topics of interest to the El Mundo and Latino/a/x communities such as rent control, the minimum wage, driver’s licenses for immigrants, and technology in education. The Boston Debate League strives to support Debate en Español debaters and alumni to engage in these vital discussions on issues that affect the Latino/a/x communities.
The four-part series kicked off on Monday, April 4th where host, Alberto Vasallo accepted the challenge to debate Is Rent Control Enough to Solve Boston’s Housing Crisis? with BDL Alumna Valeria Pereira. Gracias to the La Hora del Cafe hosts for inviting our students onto the show.
Felicidades to Valeria Pereira, Julio Nivar, Yeylin Mendoza Ezquivel, Kevin Guardado, Alde Jimenez, Eliana Rivas, and Neurelis Bautista for their flawless argumentation skills. View the segments below.