About Us

Being a part of the CSU, Chico Speech and Debate team is a chance of a lifetime. The team offers an academic setting in which participants can also enjoy social interaction. You will get to know other students here at CSU Chico, as well as students from other colleges and universities.

Mission Statement: The Chico State Forensics Team is committed to advancing the benefits of speech and debate on a local, state and national level. This is, first and foremost, an educational activity with an emphasis on critical thinking, research, written and oral communication.

On a local level, coaches and competitors will serve the campus by offering a rookie tournament each semester in order to give a maximum number of CSU, Chico students the opportunity to compete. In the greater Chico community, the team will facilitate opportunities for local community members to participate in public speaking, engage in public discussion and debate, and improve their public speaking and argumentation skills.

Regionally, the CSU, Chico forensics team will establish and continue an active commitment to both the expansion and revitalization of speech and debate in the Northern California Forensics Association.  Nationally, the team will make every effort to send competitors to key tournaments across the country, establishing CSU, Chico as a nationally respected forensics program. The out-of-region tournaments will be selected each year in order to maximize student exposure to the top competitors, universities and coaches in the country.