Welcome to the Gonzaga Debate Institute!  Enrollment for the GDI is open! Please apply to lock in your spot before they’re all gone!  Dates for the 2018 GDI are below:

5 Week Zag Scholars (Policy)

June 24 – July 28

5 Week Sophomores


June 24 – July 28

4 Week Varsity 


July 1 – July 28

2 Week Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Novice

July 15 – July 28

1 Week Public Forum

July 7  – July 14

For those of you new to the GDI here is a little information about who we are and what we do. The GDI is hosted on the campus of Gonzaga University (WA) and has a long and successful history teaching and bringing out the best in our students. Whether a student’s goal is to win a national or state championship, or just to develop some basic advocacy skills the GDI has a program and faculty that is right for you.

There are a lot of reasons to attend the GDI. Students will receive instruction from one of the top faculties in the nation while working in state of the art classrooms and facilities.

Our alumni consistently achieve success at the highest levels in both high school and college debate and their professional careers. Alumni routinely include some of the most successful college and high school debaters in the nation including Nate Cohn, Jessica Yeats, Sean Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, John Spurlock, Sarah Weiner, Melanie Campbell, Sam Allen, Jyleesa Hampton, Lev Asimow and many, many others.

In addition, we offer one of the most cost competitive pricing structures of any institute of our size and reputation including numerous scholarship and discount opportunities.

Policy debaters seeking a challenging, rewarding, and competitive summer should consider joining us for what promises to be another outstanding GDI experience.

Please click on the Applications tab above to begin your application to join us during the summer of 2018!

We hope you’ll decide to be part of the 2018 GDI. This is what former TOC Champion and first round debater John Spurlock (Cal Berkeley) said about his multiple experiences at the GDI

I had an amazing time in beautiful Spokane my three summers at the Gonzaga Debate Institute. More importantly the Gonzaga Debate Institute formed me as a debater in every essential way. I learned intricate elements of debate theory and discussed and thought about debate one-on-one with incredibly experienced staff in a way that I never had before. I not only researched a hard to produce set of files that I would use the entire season, but I also learned the skills to quickly and efficiently research innovative arguments of all kinds in the future. I worked with lab leaders to perfect my speaking style, striving to both make the best argument and say those arguments in the best way possible. Most importantly, however, I developed a particular way of thinking about debate, a set of strategic and tactical skills that has shaped every single speech that I have given since. None of my success in high school debate would have been possible without the Gonzaga Debate Institute and I give it my highest recommendation.

John Spurlock

2014 TOC Champion