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California Bay Great Debate

After successfully completing the program, students often reflect on the experience as a space where they felt free to express themselves, their ideas, and honed their skills. They felt culturally embraced, understood, and valued. At the Great Debate, they began to see themselves as playing a leadership role wherever life would take them, whether at home, in school, in a career, or in service to others. Most of all, they felt special in knowing that leadership is a life-long calling in which they will have a special role to play with NHI.


What is included in the Great Debate tuition?

The registration amount for the 6-day Great Debate includes meals, housing, t-shirt, supplies, materials, and the full Great Debate leadership experience.  

  • A $25 non refundable application fee is required for NHI to review applications.
  • Once admitted, we will bill you for the first $150 non-refundable security deposit.
  • The final payment of $625 will be billed in a lump sum according to whether students applied under Early Admission, Regular Admission, or in Late Admission.  Any student wanting "payments" rather than a "lump sum" must contact and ask for a payment plan.

Refund policy is as follows:

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Presenting the California Bay Great Debate

July 5th - 10th 2023 

NHI’s newest program location in northern California, at the University of California, Berkeley, is hosting a unique learning experience in an inviting environment for promising students. 

At the Great Debate, rising sophomores will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, critical thinking, and public speaking skills, while learning more about this esteemed university and its beautiful campus. 

During the Great Debate students will grow personally and professionally while making lifelong connections and working as a team to bring home the silver cup.  As with all NHI programs, expansive thought will occur by encouraging inquisitiveness and student-led engagement with higher education. 

The University of California, Berkeley is playing a key role in the development of future leaders by placing these young minds in environments that stimulate deep, innovative thoughts and ideas.  

We look forward to seeing you at the California Bay Great Debate!

About the University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley University of California in 2020 | Logo outline, University ...

The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.”

The university boasts 184 academic departments and programs, a 17.8 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, and 9 Nobel Prizes held by current faculty. They also proudly publicize that 23% of their freshmen are first generation college students. 

“We are excited for the opportunities that will arise from our partnership with the National Hispanic Institute,” said Trey Moore, associate director of diversity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. “We look forward to working together in engaging more students to showcase not only Berkeley but encouraging the pursuit of higher education as a whole.  With this partnership, we intend to expand our efforts in serving the Latinx community and the state of California.” 


About Oakland, California

Oakland is located on the inner part of the bay area, right across the bridge from San Francisco. You will hear the locals refer to this side of the bay as "The East Bay". 

To truly appreciate Oakland’s diverse culture, spend some time exploring our neighborhoods. No matter where you find yourself, you will learn about the city’s expansive and diverse history. Visit one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States or make your way to Fruitvale for its Mexican influences including taco trucks and tequila bars on International Boulevard, as well as vibrant murals on Peterson Street. 

Kids of all ages will delight in a visit to the Oakland Zoo which houses more than 850 native and exotic animals to see! Or head to the shores of Lake Merritt and visit Oakland’s whimsical 10-acre Fairyland where children can create, imagine, play, and learn all day long. 

A trip to Oakland would not be complete without exploring its vast outdoors with over 100,000 acres of parks and trails. Take the family out on a hike or a picnic beneath the redwoods.

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