Boston Debate League

Verbal Volleyball

Verbal Volleyball August 18, 2023 | By Kelly Cody Serving Up Summer Programming As the summer sun begins to set, the Boston Debate League’s (BDL) vibrant community is embracing every moment of exciting summer programming. From enriching grad classes to electrifying debate camps, BDL is igniting the minds of both educators and students alike. Let’s […]


BDL on the BIG Screen April 18, 2023 | By Kelly Cody A Night of Debate and Discourse on GBH’s Basic Black Did you catch the GBH Basic Black segment on Public Speaking, Discourse and Debate last week?  The segment was a treat for the mind and the soul! Boston Debate League (BDL) debaters Alana […]

The Power of Debate: Celebrating Those Who Make it Possible

The Power of Debate April 10, 2023 | By Kelly Cody Celebrating Those Who Make it Possible As the school year comes to an end, it’s important to take a moment to appreciate and celebrate the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who helped make our debate tournaments a success. Various corporate, school, and […]

Big Debates, Bigger Fun

Big Debates, Bigger Fun April 5, 2023 | By Kelly Cody Boston’s Finest Explored Texas at the Urban Debate Nationals Yeehaw, y’all! The Boston Debate League just returned from an amazing four day adventure in Dallas, Texas for the Urban Debate National Championship (UDNC) at Southern Methodist University. The Boston Debate League brought a strong […]

Boston Runs on Dunkin, BDL Runs on Volunteers

Volunteer Season Wrap-Up January 6, 2023 | By Kelly Cody Volunteer Highlights of the First Half of the Debate Season! As the first half of our 2022-2023 debate season comes to a close, BDL staff would argue that volunteers and community partners are more important than coffee (don’t contest us – we’re the debate experts). […]

Volunteer Season Wrap-Up

Volunteer Season Wrap-Up June 8, 2022 | By Kelly Cody Volunteer Highlights of the 2021-2022 Debate Season! Tournament season has been a whirlwind. As we finally transition into the summer months, it’s hard to believe that the 2021-2022 debate season has come to a close and we have to wait a few months until we […]

February Tournament Round-Up: Celebrating Black & Latinx Voices

February Tournament Round-Up: Celebrating Black & Latinx Voices February 8, 2022 | By Kelly Cody BDL Volunteers Uplift Youth Voices During Black History Month As the Boston Debate League heads into the last month of the 2021-2022 debate season, we’re reflecting on the fun that BDL volunteers had at the February BDL tournaments. February is […]

Volunteers Make an Impact

Volunteers make an Impact December 16, 2021 | By Kelly Cody A Special Thank You to Our Volunteers! As the first half of the BDL 2021-2022 debate season comes to a close, let’s take a look at what a wonderful time our volunteers had while providing an invigorating platform for the youth voices of Boston! […]

Kelly Cody, Senior Volunteer Manager, joined BDL in 2021
Joshua Nixon, ASD and Resolved Program Manager, joined BDL in
Douglas Matute
Douglas Matute, Program Manager for Debate en Español, joined BDL in 2022
Ranner Faugas, Assistant Director of After-School Debate, joined BDL in
Roger Nix, Assistant Director of After School Debate, joined BDL in
Carlos Monteiro, Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Sarah Mayper, Senior Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Marisa Suescun, Director of Programs, joined BDL in 2013
Kimberly Bartlett-Ra, Director of Operations, joined BDL in
Kim Willingham, Executive Director of the Boston Debate League , joined BDL in
Jackney Prioly Joseph, Director of External Affairs, joined BDL in September 2020. Jackney leads our efforts to engage and partner with community and corporate organizations to create a community of support for our students. She previously served as Director of College and Career Readiness at the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. She has diverse leadership experience in education, nonprofits, and city government where she served under Mayor Thomas M. Menino and former City Councilor, now Congresswoman, Ayanna Pressley. A Bryn Mawr and Posse Foundation alum identified for her extraordinary leadership, Jackney works to secure partnerships that will tap and sharpen the leadership skills of our program participants.