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Look At What You Helped Jessi Build

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One of the things we are proudest about at the Secular Student Alliance is the communities our students build on their campuses. I wanted to take a moment and share what our student leader Jessi Draper at the University of Arizona said about her group’s first meeting this year.

“Our group had its first meeting tonight. We always open up by having everyone introduce themselves and answer a question specific to that meeting. Tonight, the question was, “why did you come to this meeting tonight?”

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Our regular members overwhelmingly responded with answers like, “I love the people in this group”, “this is where I have met my best friends”, and that “everyone is awesome and amazing”.

When I started this group two years ago, I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on me and the people in it. What we’ve been able to accomplish over the past two years is just incredible: we have organized a community of atheists, agnostics, and nonbelievers. Not only that, but it’s a strong community, a community that loves and cares about each other. We are a community of friends.

Secular Student Movement Update

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Every week, the SSA prepares a summary of what the secular student movement is doing. To hear this update and news from the secular movement, tune into the SCA's National Secular Movement Update every Thursday at 12PM ET.

Many secular student groups are taking action in the aftermath of the Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court decision. The Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida is holding an awareness-raising campaign among secular and religious students about the impact of the decision, while the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas in Austin is taking its members to protest a city council meeting which has refused to allow a secular invocation. Given the increasing complications caused by this decision, we expect that we will continue to see student involvement on this issue moving forward.

This Saturday marks the launch of Openly Secular, a campaign whose mission is to to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people - including atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people - to be open about their beliefs. This campaign is particularly relevant to secular students, as the student generation is the single most likely to be nonreligious, with recent studies confirming that one in three student-aged Americans is nonreligious. The campaign launch marks the start of a large-scale video campaign, toolkits, and resources to help secular people become open and to help religious allies support the secular people around them.

On Monday of next week, students, administrators, and university presidents will convene at George Washington University for the Fourth Annual National Gathering of the President's Interfaith and Community Service Community Challenge. This event brings together representatives from a wide spectrum of worldviews to plan interfaith and community service projects for their campuses. The program has been welcoming of secular students since its first year, with SSA serving as a major planning organization for this year's gathering.  The Secular Student Alliance will also be presenting a session on identifying and managing religious privilege in interfaith settings.

Secular Student Alliance Takes Leading Role in President's Interfaith Challenge

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Washington, DC - After several years of attending, the Secular Student Alliance is stepping up next week to help facilitate the Fourth National Gathering of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. This event is a leaders' summit for campus organizations focused on interfaith community service.

This is the first year that the Secular Student Alliance is involved in planning the event, and they are an official cosponsor of the evening reception on September 22nd. Five representatives of the Secular Student Alliance will be attending the summit to demonstrate that non-religious individuals are invested in working with religious individuals to make their communities better.

“Our students are involved with service projects on their campuses every week of the school year. Secular students are excited to work alongside religious students on their campuses to make our shared world a better place  By being a part of interfaith work, secular students make their communities stronger, and dispel the stereotypes that come with being secular,” says August Brunsman, the Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance.

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