About the Denver Urban Debate League
The Denver Urban Debate League (DUDL) is dedicated to improving educational and life outcomes for underserved students in the Denver metro area’s public schools by providing unlimited opportunities for students to learn and achieve through competitive debate activities. DUDL’s vision is a simple one: that all urban youth graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and in their careers and to contribute to their communities. DUDL’s debate programs aim to narrow the achievement gap by boosting academic achievement and encouraging students to take an active role in their education. DUDL programs improve high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and college graduation rates among urban students. For the last five years nearly 100% of DUDL seniors of graduated from high school on-time and DUDL graduates have gone to enroll at such institutions as the University of Denver, Yale, MIT, and Northwestern Law School.
Office: University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. 2255 East Evans Avenue Suite 406, Denver, CO 80210.
Jessica Clark, Executive Director
Selene Figueroa, Communications & Community Outreach Associate
Alan Zimmerman, Tab Director
Brandon Arnold, Tab Assistant
Jessica A. Clark, Executive Director, August 2008-Present
Since August of 2008 Ms. Clark has served as the Executive Director of the Denver Urban Debate League. Prior to her work in Denver, she spent eight years working with the Impact Coalition in New York City, serving the teachers and students of the New York Urban Debate League as a coach, debate judge, and summer institute instructor. In 2001, Jessica was the founding Program Director of the Brooklyn Debate Resource Center at Sesame Flyers International, where she provided full time debate support for hundreds of middle school and high school debaters in Brooklyn. As a college debater at The University of New Mexico, Jessica was a three-time qualifier for the National Debate Tournament and made numerous out round appearances at such tournaments as Emory, Northwestern and CEDA Nationals. In addition to her debate work, Ms. Clark has worked at performing arts non-profit organizations; and, in both the publishing and entertainment industries. Jessica holds a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.