The St. Ignatius Dialogues and Jesuit Cup

The St. Ignatius Dialogues will begin on Saturday morning, October 26. During the morning session, students will participate in site visits to both the LA Mission and Homeboy/Homegirl Enterprises to observe and experience firsthand the challenges facing LA stakeholders and communities combating hunger and homelessness. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, students will compete in four rounds (3 preliminary rounds, 1 final round) of collaborative dialogues using the format and rules provided below.

The Jesuit Cup will serve as the championship round of the St. Ignatius Dialogues and will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Participants will be selected based on their individual speaker points followed by their cumulative team ranks over the previous three rounds.

The registration deadline is Monday, October 4, 2019. Each school may register two three-person teams and place up to three additional teams on the waiting list. See below for complete registration information.

Schedule: Saturday, October 26, 2019
8:00am - Registration; Light Breakfast
8:15am - Board Transportation to LA Mission
8:30am - Depart for LA Mission
9:00am - LA Mission tour/Lunch
1:00pm - Depart for Homeboy/Girl
1:10pm - Homeboy/Homegirl Visit
2:15pm - Depart for LMU
4:00pm - Reflection
4:30pm - Round 1 St. Ignatius Dialogues
6:00pm - Dinner
6:45pm - Round 2 St. Ignatius Dialogues
8:00pm - Reflection & Announcements at Cinco’s

Schedule: Saturday, October 27, 2019
9:30am - Round 3 St. Ignatius Dialogues
11:00am - Final Round Announcements/Final Reflection
11:30am - Refreshments/Preparation Time
12:00pm - Jesuit Cup Final Round
12:30pm - 2:00pm - LUNCH
2:00pm - Adjudication feedback
2:15pm - Awards
3:00- Expected ending time


1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA.

How do I register?

Please register with both LMU and the LA Mission.

  1. Email with the names of teams and judges. There is no additional registration fee to LMU.
  2. Click here to register online with LA Mission. There is a $45.00 per individual registration fee for the LA Mission event (9am to 1pm on Saturday).


Topics will focus on the areas of Hunger, Homelessness, and Homeboy Industries.

Tentative topic wordings:

Round 1: What is the scope of hunger related issues within University communities across America and what are the impacts of these issues?

Round 2: What is public perception of hunger and homelessness, how does it affect attempts to address these problems, and what do think should be done about it locally, nationally, and internationally?

Round 3: How can Universities and their students “stand in the margins” with those in extreme poverty and alleviate the conditions that surround those in need the most?

Final Round:

How can we eradicate hunger and homelessness in our lifetime?

Hotels & Accommodations:

The closest hotel to the LMU campus:

The Custom Hotel

Other nearby options include:

Doubletree by Hilton

Courtyard by Marriott

Four Points by Sheraton

Additionally, there are numerous hotel options near LAX on Century Boulevard or in nearby Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, or Culver City.


Food will be provided at the tournament. Students with special dietary needs should indicate their needs as part of their registration and may need to prepare in advance to bring their own food or locate other options. University food operations may be available during certain hours over the weekend.


There will be three teams per round.

Each team will consist of three members.

All speeches will be 5 minutes in duration.

Teams will be assigned to be the A set, B set, or C set.

A set will be the opening team – individual speakers will be designated as A1, A2, A3
B set will be the second team – B1, B2, B3
C set will be the third team – C1, C2, C3

Students will speak in the following order:

A1; followed by 60 second cross examinations by B2, then C3
B1; followed by 60 second cross examinations by C2, then A3
C1- followed by 60 second cross examinations by A1, then B3

A2; followed by 60 second cross examinations by B1, then C3
B2; followed by 60 second cross examinations by C1, then A2
C2; followed by 60 second cross examinations by A3, then B3

C3- 3rd speaker; may take points of information after the first and before the last minute
B3- 3rd speaker; may take points of information after the first and before the last minute
A3- 3rd speaker; may take points of information after the first and before the last minute

Note – Speakers A3, B3 and C3 will conduct two cross examinations but will not be subject to cross examinations after their speeches. These speakers are permitted, but not required to accept Points of Information.


Teams should strive to present powerful arguments, to distinguish their research and arguments from that of their opponents, and to productively contribute to a civic dialogue on hunger and homelessness that aspires to improve understanding, produce knowledge, and promote the ability of students to negotiate consensus on difficult policy, economic, and social questions.


Ideally every round will have 1-3 moderators. Teams will be evaluated by both the moderators and the teams themselves as described below.

The role of the moderator is to ensure the advancement of a quality discussion. While the moderator may remain silent during the course of the discussion, it is encouraged for moderators to interject during discussions if it adds to the value and quality of the discussion. It is the role of the moderator to actively address issues of unethical argumentation including lying, discrimination, or fabrication of claims and evidence.

During their discussions, moderators should consider the following items in descending order of importance:

1. The primary question judges should consider is which team made the most valuable contribution to the dialogue.

2. A secondary question is the quality of team research and argumentation. Students are not expected to be experts on the topic area, however quality research, reasoning, and consistent strategy should be evidenced in each student speech.

3. A third question is the quality of the team’s presentations and communication skills. This includes both the quality of the team’s public speaking as well as the extent to which the teams dealt with challenges and questions in a polite and professional fashion.

4. Finally, examine the debaters ranks and evaluations of the other teams in the debate. If you cannot effectively disagree with the debaters ranks and evaluations, then they should be used to establish presumption.

Team Judging and Evaluation of Moderators:

Each team of three must reach consensus on ranking the other two teams in the round. Each team scores the opponents as either 1 or 2. It is expected that each team will objectively and fairly evaluate the other teams in the round.

Each individual team member, without outside deliberation or input from their teammates, as-signs speaker ranks (1-3) to the competing debaters in the round: (speakers 4-6 will tie for 4th). It is expected that each team will objectively and fairly evaluate the other speakers in the round.

Each individual team member, without outside deliberation, will also evaluate moderators and will assign each moderator in the round a rating on a scale of 1-10.

Moderator Judging:

Moderators will assign team ranks (1-3) with no ties, speaker ranks (1-9), speaker points (80-99), and cross examination points (80-99), no ties.

Final Tabulation:

Moderators are expected to resolve two issues: First is their view of the debate. Second is the students view of the debate. The expectation is that moderators will negotiate an unanimous opinion as to whether to agree or disagree with the students ballots. If the moderators are unable to sanction the students decision or are required to break a tie, it is expected that the moderators will reach an unanimous decision as to the ranks in the debate. If the moderators cannot reach an unanimous decision then a split vote will be announced. If there are an equal number of moderators and the vote remains tied, then the debaters ballot will decide the outcome.

Team awards will be based on team ranks as decided first by moderators and second by debaters.

Speaker awards will be based on speaker points, ranks will serve as the tie breaker (debater ranks first, followed by moderator ranks), followed by team ranks.

Every attending institution will be allocated one spot in the final round of the Jesuit Cup. Remaining spots will be determined by speaker points, with no institution allowed more than two spots unless fewer than four institutions attend.

Additional Questions/Concerns: