Towson University

TU Works To Fight Hate And Bias

May 19, 2016

It’s graduation week at Towson University and the campus is crowded with proud families. It’s also filled with signs bearing the hashtag #NotAtTU -- part of an effort to educate students about policies for reporting incidents of hatred and bias.

There was another debate about police body cameras Friday. But this wasn’t one of those town hall style debates. It was at Towson University, part of a two-month, eight university tour by iDebate Rwanda in an effort to tell the story of how that country has evolved since the genocides 20 years ago.

And unlike recent televised debates with presidential candidates, no one raised questions about anyone’s credit card use, or accused someone of being “low energy.”  This debate was more constructive.

The Art of Argument

Apr 4, 2014
Left to Right:  Ignacio Evans, debate coach; Ameena Ruffin, Korey Johnson (holding cup); Amber Kelsie, debate coach.
Photo courtesy of Towson University.

Last month, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, members of the Towson University Debate Team, won the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship.  They are the first African American women’s team to win a national title.  On the way to their victory, they bested teams from Harvard, Michigan, NYU and many other prestigious schools.