Procedure Guide

Thank you for your interest in the Speakers Bureau! The Holocaust Center strives to fulfill all speaker requests. However, there may be circumstances in which we cannot provide a speaker. Please review the guidelines below before submitting a request to ensure you are able to meet the criteria:

If you feel you can meet these guidelines, you’re ready to fill out the Speaker Request Form! Julia Thompson, Speakers Bureau Coordinator, will process requests. If you have any questions during the process, please email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 206.582.3000.



Before the Visit

  1. When your speaker is confirmed, you will receive an email with their biography, contact information and tech needs. We suggest reviewing the biography with your students before the presentation. You could also show them the speaker’s birth place on a map, and discuss events that took place in that area.

  2. From readings and lessons, have each student write two or three questions he or she would like to ask the speaker. Review all questions ahead of time.

  3. At least one week before the presentation, call the speaker to introduce yourself, talk to them about your unit and class, and discuss logistics like parking, tech needs, and where to go when they arrive at your school/location.

Day of the Visit

  1. Inform the front office of the visit and send someone (i.e. a student) to meet the speaker upon their arrival.

  2. Remind your audience:

    a.  to be mindful of the speaker by listening, staying seated, and refraining from distracting activities like eating/drinking or working on homework.
    b. this is an emotional process for many speakers, even though many years may have passed.
    c. what a rare experience this is. They are the last generation who will be able to meet a Holocaust survivor and hear these stories first hand.
    d. to be mindful of the speaker by listening, staying seated, and refraining from distracting activities like eating/drinking or working on homework.

  3. Provide a glass of water and a chair for the speaker.
  4. Make sure any tech equipment has been set up and tested in advance.

  5. Give the speaker a brief introduction.

  6. If the engagement begins or ends during the lunch hour, make sure the speaker knows where to find lunch.

  7. Make sure the speaker has someone to walk them out of the building.

After the Visit

  1. Either the same day or the following day, give students a chance to debrief on the experience. This is a sensitive topic and raises many questions that may only come out later, in the comfort of peers.

  2. Please fill out our evaluation form.

  3. Letters of thanks to the speaker may be sent to the Holocaust Center at 2045 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121.

  4. Make sure to pay gas reimbursement by sending a check to the Holocaust Center or paying online. (Pay online now!)   Some schools choose to donate an honorarium to the Speaker in addition. Speakers often donate this money to the Center.

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