The Chico Great Debate

Save the Date!

The next Chico Great Debate is on October 24th, 2014 in the City Council Chambers and the Chico City Plaza.  The Great Debate topic this Fall will focus on Privatization and the role of Government. To learn more or to find out how you can participate, email us at greatdebate@csuchico.edu or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

What is the Chico Great Debate?

The purpose of the Chico Great Debate is to bring together members of the campus and community to investigate and engage in dialogue around a “hot topic” that has the potential to divide us.  The entire day of presentations and debates stresses active listening, respectful exchange, and collaborative civic learning through civil discourse. For the second time there will be students from both CSU Chico and Butte College participating. This emerging partnership places students from speech courses at Butte College alongside their peers from CSU Chico, and we are excited about this new cooperation between our campuses.

Throughout the day, students from various Communication Studies classes give presentations and conduct debates focused on a chosen "hot topic." In the evening, at 6:30, there is a formal debate by CSU, Chico Debate Team members and stakeholder Community Members.


Student Quotations

"Before the Chico Great Debate I was never interested about politics at all. I never really cared about who would win. Now, after participating in the Great Debate, I realized that it is very important to vote and to make my voice heard."

"It was nice to see students my age getting involved in the community and making others aware of what is going on in our world. I actually learned a lot at the Great Debate and the information I took away will help me make educated decisions in elections and in everyday life."

"I left the Great Debate way more informed than I entered it. I did not plan on gaining much from my experience other than 20 points, but I can honestly say that I developed a sense of knowledge about current economic and political issues in Chico."


Previous Debate Issues

  • Spring 2014: Diversity and Discrimination
  • Fall 2013: Mental Health
  • Spring 2013: Water and Agriculture Policy
  • Fall 2012: Government Spending and Taxation
  • Spring 2012:  Issues Surrounding Freedom of Speech
  • Fall 2011:  Would policies to increase teacher accountability through merit pay and/or ending tenure improve K-12 education in the State of California?
  • Spring 2011: Should California Increase Restrictions on Immigration?
  • Fall 2010: Should California Repeal the Global Warming Solutions Act?
  • Spring 2010: Should California Legalize Marijuana?