Ameena Ruffin is a second year Towson debater majoring in Sociology and minoring in Cultural Studies. Before her time on the TU team, Ameena debated for Baltimore City College for two years and began coaching for her alma mater's debate team. Ameena's passion for debate stems from her strong desire to learn and converse with others who enjoy learning. When she completes her undergraduate education, Ameena plans to attend graduate school.
Matheno Frazier-Bey is a fifth-year student at Towson University majoring in Sociology and minoring in African and African American Studies. After graduation he plans to volunteer or work for a non-profit organization group while also teaching. Matheno joined the debate team in 2008, which was the year Dayvon Love and Deven Cooper won the CEDA National Debate Tournament. Being part of the debate team is a motivating and central force in his life that helps provide a sense of his own public advocacy, political agency and political commentary. Matheno says that “debate is powerful and very useful in school and abroad. I hope to use the debate skills I have learned make some positive influence and meaningful change in my community.”
Lenny Herrera is a first-year student at Towson University majoring in Philosophy. Before his time on the TU debate team, Lenny attended and debated for the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens, New York. Lenny enjoys debating because it forces him to think critically and become more open-minded. After Lenny completes his undergraduate education, he plans to attend graduate school. When he is not debating he enjoys playing sports and listening to music.
Kevin Whitley is a debater from the Baltimore Urban Debate League. He debated for Baltimore Talent Development High School attending several national debate tournaments in which his senior year he qualified for the Tournament of Champions placing in the top 20 speakers. He is now a second year Towson debater majoring in International Relations with a track in Foreign Development. He plans to work within International politics resolving and mediating resource wars and dealing closely with conflict resolution. Kevin says he debates because “it gives me a space to express my thought and ideas that would otherwise be unheard because of my age. The education that I received within debate was able to supplement the poor and inadequate education that I received while attending public school.”
Korey Johnson is a first year student at Towson University with a major in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies. She participated in the Baltimore Urban Debate League and graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Her vision and enthusiasm in debate comes from her aspiration to transform the world and her community into a positive environment for everyone. After completing her undergraduate degree, Korey plans on attending law school. In her free time, she loves to watch movies, play video games, and write poetry.
Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies