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Waves Debate Hosts Virtual Debate on Presidential Candidate Responses to COVID-19

July 21, 2020  | 1 min read

On April 21, 2020, Seaver College Waves Debate members hosted a virtual debate presenting the 2020 presidential candidates and their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing a live audience of Pepperdine community members along with viewers from across the United States.

When Pepperdine announced the transition to remote instruction for the safety of the community in response to COVID-19, members of Waves Debate decided that, rather than focusing on competition, they would instead engage in discussions around unity.

The three featured debaters, senior Courtney Deaver and juniors Hannah Kate and Samantha Miller, emphasized the importance, now more than ever, of collaboration despite differences to solve the needs of our community. The decision served as a testament to Waves Debate’s efforts to expand how people interact with debate and how to use it as a bridge between divides.