Our Staff

Erik Fogel

Erik Fogel

Executive Director

Erik has been a South Bronx public school teacher for ten years with the New York City Department of Education. He received his B.A. from U.C Berkeley, J.D. from Hastings College of Law, and M.S. in Education at Pace University. In 2002 he was accepted to Teach for America and has been teaching in the South Bronx since. He started the South Bronx’s first nationally competitive debate team and built one of the largest and most successful Title I debate teams in New York with over 100 students.  In 2011 with only a handful of schools with debate teams left in the city, Erik and other NYC school teachers came together to start the New York City Urban Debate League – the city’s only scholastic debate league for all students and all schools and today the largest debate league in the nation – serving thousands of students every year. Erik is the recipient of numerous awards in education including: We are the Bronx Fellowship Award, Presidential Youth Award in the Arts and Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Institute of Museum and Library Studies and the White House Commission on the Arts and Humanities, United States Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers Fellowship, Fund for Teachers Fellowship, Plank Foundation Fellowship, Points of Light Civic Incubator Award, and Teach for America Innovation Award Finalist. Skilled Young Orators Heading to the White House http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/skilled-young-orators-heading-white-house-article-1.1203407 From Baking Cupcakes to Making History https://debate.prezly.com/from-baking-cupcakes-to-making-history New York City Teacher Creates After School Debate League Lauded by the White House https://debate.prezly.com/nyc-teacher-creates-afterschool-debate-league-lauded-by-the-white-house

Urban Debate Reborn

https://www.prx.org/pieces/102943-urban-debate-reborn

Aubrey Semple

Aubrey Semple

Program Director

2015 Winner of the Partnership for After School Education's PASEsetter award as top after school educator in New York City! Aubrey is an alumni of the NYCUDL and has been an award winning NYCUDL student debater, coach, volunteer, tabroom director, and Director of our High School Summer Debate Institute. As Program Director, Aubrey is responsible for all day to day programming, tournaments, outreach, summer camps and everything else to to provide the best debate education opportunities for NYC youth and teachers. Aubrey was the former debate coach at Brooklyn Technical High School and has been coaching for over seven years at various high schools throughout New York City. Aubrey has coached several championship caliber policy debate teams including New York State Debate Coaches Association (NYSDCA) State Champions in Novice (2014) and Junior Varsity (2012) and Co-Champions in Varsity Policy Debate (2013). As a coach, his debaters qualified for elimination rounds in nearly every national circuit tournament including Champions of the New York Invitational at Bronx Science (2013), Quarterfinals at the Harvard Invitational (2013) and qualifying a team to the Tournament of Champions (2014) at the University of Kentucky. Aubrey received his B.A. from City University of New York in United States History with a concentration in American History and Urban Studies. After School Educator of the Year Award https://debate.prezly.com/partnership-for-afterschool-education-honors-nycudl-program-director-aubrey-semple Television Interview with Aubrey on Trump Boycotting Debates https://debate.prezly.com/nycudl-program-director-aubrey-semple-interviewed-on-trumps-boycott-of-fox-news-gop-debate Television Interview with Aubrey on the Presidential Debates as Reality TV https://debate.prezly.com/spintime-tv-webisode-2-week-1-aubrey-semple-debates-as-reality-tv
Jun Yoon

Jun Yoon

Volunteers/Program Director

Jun is an educator passionate about removing barriers to educational opportunities. After graduating summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Political Science, Jun joined Teach for America and committed to teaching in low-income NYC neighborhoods. He started the debate program at his school in East Harlem and coached the team to the Top-10 in over 80% of all debate competitions, including 3 straight qualifications to Nationals. In 2016, Jun was one of 11 educators to receive the NY Daily News Hometown Hero in Education Award.  
Calen McGee

Calen McGee

Director of Volunteers

Calen McGee was raised in Jamaica, Queens and graduated from Haverford College in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology. Throughout his time there, he mentored and tutored several freshman and was a valued member of the Black Students League, and WHRC Haverford Radio Statio. A strong political background, he has interned at the United States Telecom Association and the Committee of Seventy, a non-partisan watchdog group in Philadelphia. His senior year, he wrote his college thesis on the potential impact of Hip Hop and the Hip Hop Generation on politics, and the potential for Hip Hop based grassroots political movements in the United States. He graduated from Little Red Elisabeth Irwin High School in 2012 as a School Ambassador, Peer Leader and Basketball coach. Calen McGee serves the NYCUDL as the Volunteer Director for Queens and Brooklyn, where he looks to engage with both professionals and youth to garner support in those communities.
Erika Marte

Erika Marte

Communications and Development Coordinator

Erika Marte was a high school debater with the New York City Urban Debate League and also the first Latina to win top speaker at the New York State High School Debate Championships. She received a full scholarship because of debate to Hamilton College and was also recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar (for which she received a full scholarship for both undergraduate and graduate school). Erika serves in many capacities with the NYCUDL including Summer Debate Lead Instructor, Girls Debate League Coordinator, and Program Coordinator.  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/hard-work-pays-bronx-high-school-student-gates-millennium-scholarship-win-article-1.140194
Sorangel Liriano

Sorangel Liriano

Tabroom Coordinator

Sorangel Liriano was an award winning high school debater at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice. She was not only an award winning debater but founded and coached middle school debate programs in the South Bronx. She is currently enrolled in Columbia University on a full-ride scholarship. Sorangel was named a Gates Millennium Scholar (for which she received a full scholarship for both undergraduate and graduate school), a Coca Cola Scholar, a New York Times Scholar, a Ronald McDonald Scholar, and a Dell Scholar. Sorangel serves as our Tabroom and Tournament Coordinator in which she manages our Debate Tournaments every Saturday.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/education/10-students-who-overcame-odds-are-awarded-times-scholarships.html

Andrew Geathers

Tabroom Coordinator

Andrew was a high school debater with the NYCUDL. After high school he was a very successful college debater and after college, college debate coach. Andrew is a 2015 New York City Teaching Fellows where he teaches Special Education and Debate!

Our Volunteers

What makes our organization the most unique and reason why we have been rated as one of the top after school programs in the city and country - we have so many volunteers! Dozens of New York City public school teachers , hundreds of alumni, hundreds of high school debaters who volunteer with our middle school debaters, dozens of middle school debaters who train the elementary school debaters, hundreds of parents, and hundreds of lawyers and dozens of law firms. And over a hundred community volunteers who were former debaters. We also work with numerous community organizations including Columbia University, Teachers College, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, NY Cares, NYC Service, the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, nearly every CUNY, New York University, St. John’s University - every college with a debate team!