Office of Participatory Democracy

The Office of Participatory Democracy
The Office of Participatory Democracy has been created to lend support to activities which give students the opportunity to apply lessons learned in the classroom to more practical situations.  This new Office gives both coaching and financial support to the University of Missouri’s Model United Nations, Debate, and Mock Trial teams.  There are currently about 50 students participating in these activities and there are plans to help sponsor the start of Moot Court and Model Congress teams in the future.  The Office of Participatory Democracy was founded with the generous support of the College of Arts and Science, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and the University of Missouri System.  However, to continue its mission and to thrive in doing so, it will need the support of our alumni who know how these kinds of experiences can help our students thrive in the real world.

Questions? Please contact Bill Horner, Director of the OPD,

You can donate to the Office of Participatory Democracy Gifts Fund in any amount through our secure website.  A donation provides our students with funds to travel to their tournaments. Thank you for helping us to provide these opportunities for students.


Mizzou Mock Trial

Mock Trial GroupAbout the group: We are an organization that helps undergraduate students gain experience practicing real trial law. Members get the chance to act as attorneys and witnesses in court while trying a case complete with affidavits, exhibits, witness testimony, jury instructions and case law.

As an organization, we meet on a weekly basis to help members become acquainted with case materials and prepare their roles. We compete at tournaments throughout the school year to prepare for regional and national competitions.

We begin recruiting members for each competitive season at the beginning of each school year. Experience is not necessary, and we typically hold informational sessions in early September. In the meantime, if you have any questions, just email us at, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!"

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Mizzou Model UN

Model UN in Chicago, November 2017The purpose of this organization shall be to promote understanding of international issues including those that are of a political economic, cultural, and environmental nature. Further purposes shall include providing students with information concerning existing international activities on campus and providing students the opportunity to participate in open forums held for the discussion of international related topics. Since you're on this page, you're interested in some way in Model UN.  Whether you've done it before in high school or you just want to try something new, Model UN has something for everybody and every major.  We are a welcoming group of students who have an interest in international affairs, specifically, the United Nations, and how nations and international businesses and organizations interact with one another. 

In Spring 2018, the team is planning to attend the Midwest Model UN Conference in St. Louis from February 21-24 ( and the ChoMUN Conference in Chicago over spring break (

We will be having information sessions at the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester on January 22, 23, and 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Switzler 201.

Regular Meetings for Spring Semester 2018 will be on Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30 in Switzler 201, starting on January 30.

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Mizzou Debate

Debate The Mizzou Debate team is an organization of students who love debate, but more than that, they love the pursuit of knowledge.  Debate gives students of all academic backgrounds an opportunity to learn how to organize an argument and present that argument in a logical, convincing way.  This is a club team that, for several years has been competing successfully in the National Parliamentary Debate Association.  In parliamentary debate, debaters are given a resolution, told whether they will argue in favor or the resolution or in opposition to it and are given 15 minutes to prepare.  All possible topics are ones which well-educated college students should be able to debate intelligently.  It is a format which allows both experienced debaters and those new to debate to thrive.

This spring, the Debate team will be hosting a tournament on campus in February and will be participating in several tournaments around the country.  Information about those tournaments will be posted on this website.


National Parliamentary Debate Association

A forum for the Parliamentary Debate community

Rankings for all tournaments for the Parliamentary debate season

List of tournaments all across the nation regarding forensics and debate

Mizzou Debate in the News! Team 2

For more information about Mizzou Debate, contact:

Mitchell Herrick, Mizzou Debate President,

Mock Trial
Debate Team Trophies