education curriculum, all of which helped prepare Mabrey and Davis for a second 4-VA grant.
“A desire to increase the impact of Debate Across the Curriculum led us to reach out to colleagues from multiple universities who we knew were committed to civic discourse in the same ways we were,” said Davis. “They enthusiastically joined on and now students from across a wide variety of institutions will benefit from this intensive training. The first of those partners was Virginia Commonwealth when a chance meeting led to a fruitful partnership between us and Lynn Pelco, the associate vice provost of community engagement.”
The project continues to thrive and grow as they connect with more partners and participants, including K12 schools across Virginia and iDebate Rwanda in Africa.
In 2020, the team was awarded a Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Innovate/Collaborate Grant of $40,000, which enables them to collaborate with colleges across the CAA over the next two years to focus on using debate-based pedagogy for civic learning.