RMC Debate travels to Morocco

BILLINGS, October 18, 2018 – Members of the Rocky Mountain College Debate team are in Morocco from Oct. 12 - 21 at the Institute for Leadership and Communication Studies (ILCS) in Rabat. Shelby Jo Long-Hammond, Director of Debate and Associate Professor of Communication Studies, traveled with RMC Physics instructor Daniel Parod, RMC senior Bella Goss, and RMC junior Lauren Nahale for the week-long debate exchange. The week is filled with argumentation training, public speaking practice, and discussion about global politics. This is the second year that Long-Hammond and the RMC debate team have organized this debate exchange. 

“We’re excited to further develop the relationship between ILCS and Rocky Mountain College,” said Long-Hammond. “This debate exchange provides a great opportunity for us to share the same educational space and exchange ideas from different perspectives.”

Long-Hammond and Dr. Aicha Lentouni, Director of ILCS, have both noted the positive change in RMC and ILCS students as they teach and mentor during the week. 

“My students become better writers and speakers during the week of debate training,” said Dr. Lemtouni, “And they have the opportunity to practice speaking English.”

Dr. Lemtouni and Long-Hammond share the belief that the skills required in the activity of debate are career skills. Students who are more confident, persuasive and who actively engage in critical thinking can succeed in any job environment. Communication and leadership skills are directly connected.

“It’s amazing to connect with students from a different culture who share the common interest with us of becoming better speakers and communicators,” said Lauren Nahale, junior communication studies major.

RMC Debate Team