Tech hosts Hispanic debaters

Nearly 100 high school freshmen will visit Texas Tech Thursday through Sunday to compete in the Southwest Great Debate, hosted by the National Hispanic Institute.

"The debate program is designed to test and improve students' communication and leadership skills," said Jeannie Diaz, director of the Texas Tech Center for Undergraduate Research. "The National Hispanic Institute is a very well-known leadership group designed to create future leaders and, with programs like the Great Debate, communicate knowledge of the U.S. Latino community."

The Southwest Great Debate will begin with a welcoming reception from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tech Business Administration building, Diaz said, and will continue Friday and Saturday with student debates and award certificate presentations. The event will conclude Sunday with a group dance.

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