Speech and Debate Center (SDC)

The Speech and Debate Center (SDC) was established in 2012 by the Roberts Endowment for Speech and Debate. The SDC is home to the Luther College Forensics Club and serves as a tutoring center for students who wish to improve their presentations for class.

The SDC is located in Preus Library Room 120 and is open Sunday through Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and select hours during January Term. Contact Kim Powell for hours or scheduling the SDC for a class.

The Speech and Debate Center is staffed by specially trained, upper-level communication majors who can provide expert advice in speech preparation and delivery. These advanced students will consult on:

  • Audience analysis
  • Topic selection
  • Thesis development
  • Organization and outlining
  • Use of supporting materials
  • Presentation aids
  • Effective delivery

Speech and Debate Center staff will also record the speaker as he or she practices the presentation and will review it with the speaker to give constructive feedback and tips for improvement.

Drop-ins or appointments are available. The SDC is not open during finals week.

Students may drop in for tutoring or make an appointment. Please visit the link on the bottom of the main KATIE page to make an appointment, or email the SDC with any questions.