At the Great Debate we incorporate community and campus moderators to diversify the event. Student reflections indicate that cross-generational dialogue and non-University personnel are important to the perception that the event is different from a normal school project. Moderators also play a critical role in facilitating conversations with the audience, and occasionally leading the post-presentation discussion. It is important that these participants understand the event is student-focused and their job is to help the students and community engage in a meaningful discussion.

The Invitation is the document we send to prospective moderators from the campus and community. Key features of the invitation include clear explanations of what will happen, where, and when. We also try and include information about the significance of the event for students. In recent semesters we have worked to trim down the invitation and make it easier to read. We strongly suggest opening up an email account for the event. It makes handling mail merge and auto-reply much easier.

The Moderator Guide is the document we supply moderators with when they arrive at the event. This document leads them through some background information and gives them specific guidelines for starting a discussion. This is critically important for many community members as not everyone has teaching experience often necessary to facilitate a group discussion.