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This Week: SSA Scholarships for Student Activists, FIRE Resource Available, Project Interfaith Seeks Communication Intern

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SSA Scholarships for Student Activists

We're finally offering scholarships for students! Our SSA Scholarships for Student Activists will provide three awards of $500 and two awards of $250 to winners. Of course, in order to qualify for the scholarship, you have to be a student member of the Secular Student Alliance. You also have to be actively involved in some form of activism or advocacy. Learn more on our website and apply before September 30!

FIRE Resource Available

With our tabling supplies service, we can send your group many supplies that would be useful whenever you want to table for an event, or just generally for your group. We have handouts, bookmarks, brochures, pens, banners*, buttons, and literature from dozens of different organizations.

Our latest item comes from our friends at Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) on the topic of understanding the legal nature of free speech on campus. This book is relevant to high school groups as well. Books may be limited to one per group. Request tabling supplies from us by filling out a request form.

*SSA Banners are free to affiliates who have completed our branding agreement.

Project Interfaith Seeks Communication Intern

Our friends at Project Interfaith are looking for a Communications Intern for the Fall.

Communications Intern - This intern will focus on building social media, website, and outreach efforts, which in turn will build a strong base of different types of supporters including members, students, donors, watchers, supporters, and champions within the community.

You can always find more job, internship, and volunteer opportunities at our jobs page.

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Members from Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists at UT Dallas under attack!

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We are sponsoring students to attend the Moving Social Justice Conference (October 11-12). The grant application can be found on our website!

Missed the SSA's Annual Conference? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out!
Newest Affiliate
Good Without God: Saginaw Valley State University Secular Student Alliance
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Project Grants

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Rebecca Vitsmun

  Many people will remember Rebecca Vitsmun from the CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer where she responded "I'm actually an atheist" and a big laugh to his repeated question of "Do you thank the Lord?" after her home was destroyed in a tornado.
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This Week: SSA Memberships (for free!), SSA Leaders on Social Media, Atheist Alliance of America 2014 Con

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SSA Memberships (for free!)

We are happy to announce that the SSA is offering full blown membership to students for free! Not only do you keep all the benefits and perks of the old membership, but now you can vote and run in our Board of Directors elections!

Student Memberships provide members with these benefits:

  • Membership in the nation's largest network of secular students
  • Membership card and awesome SSA swag
  • Discounts to our Annual Conference
  • Eligibility for Leadership Travel Aid funding
  • Access to our Affiliate and Member Store
  • Eligibility for Individual Project Grants and more!
  • Eligibility to vote and run in our Board of Directors elections
  • Special limited time benefits (see: below)
Remember, that memberships only last a year, so be sure to renew and sign up the new students joining your group this fall. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Student Memberships.

SSA Leaders on Social Media

You can now follow campus organizing across our 3 new social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

SSA Leaders are for secular student leaders who want to keep up with what's happening with the campus organizing arm of the Secular Student Alliance and things we want you to know about. Be sure to follow us!

Atheist Alliance of America 2014 Con

The Atheist Alliance of America is having their conference next weekend in Seattle beginning August 7th. There is a massive discount for students for an entire weekend of talks, workshops, entertainment, and fun! Our very own August Brunsman will be there!

In order to qualify for the student price, you have to be a student member of the SSA, and have a student I.D. present at the door.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at Butler University during Ask an Atheist Day!

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Secular Alliance at the University of Pittsburgh
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Business Cards

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Gleb Tsipursky

Gleb Tsipursky is the Co-Founder and Chief Insights Officer of Intentional Insights. Intentional Insights is a nonprofit that empowers people to reach their goals through transforming recent research on rational thinking and emotional intelligence into easy-to-use tools relevant to people’s lives. It delivers this content in a friendly and engaging manner through workshops and online resources.
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This Week: SSA 2014 Annual Conference Success!

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SSA 2014 Annual Conference Success!

We conclude our 2014 Annual Conference for the year. Again, we could not have done it without the help of all the volunteers, speakers, members, supporters, and most of all the students! We had almost 200 attendees at the conference in Columbus making our attendance grand total this year over 320! We were also proud to host service opportunities at both conferences for the first time. Be sure to look out for us next year for another round of empowering secular students to become leaders in the secular movement!

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Student leaders and secular activists from all across the country at SSA East 2014! Click the picture for a larger image.

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This Week: SSA East Is This Weekend!, SSA To Hire A Communications Associate, Meet Your New Regional Campus Organizer

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SSA East Is This Weekend!


Are you excited to attend the largest gathering of secular students in the country? The festivities begin Friday. Check lanyrd for more information on the schedule and Kelley's excellent guide and checklist for first time attendees. We hope to see you in Columbus, OH soon!

SSA To Hire A Communications Associate

The Secular Student Alliance is looking for a social media savvy person who takes pride in their superior organizational skills, ability to get along with people, and has a drive to amplify the voices of secular students to join our team as our new Communications Associate.

The Communications Associate will provide overall support for the SSA’s communications activities. The Communications Associate will work closely with the Director of Communications and other SSA staff to achieve timely, accurate, and relevant communications. These communications advance SSA’s mission and inform others about the activities of the SSA’s affiliate groups and individual student activists.

Want to learn more about the position? Head on over to the Communications Associate page and learn more! Applications for the Communications Associate position will be accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply soon. The position will remain open until filled.

Meet Your New Regional Campus Organizer

As part of our continued expansion of our Regional Program, Gordon has joined us in Columbus and has handed off his RCO Southeast title to Cara Zelaya.

You may find more about Cara at our Campus Organizing staff page. You may reach her at [email protected].

We are also planning to expand the current Texas region to include Oklahoma and Arkansas and the ILINKY Region to include Ohio and Michigan. If your school is among these states, you will soon meet your new Regional Campus Organizers!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at the University of Nevada, Reno (SSA UNR) and their amazing table!

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Featured Speaker
Dr. Andy Thomson

Dr. Thomson is a psychiatrist in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has a private practice of general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry as well as serving as a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and the Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of Virginia Student Health Services. Born in Washington, D.C. he received his B.A. degree from Duke University and his M.D. from University of Virginia School of Medicine. Robert Wright's book The Moral Animal introduced him to the emerging discipline of evolutionary psychology. It is that new lens of evolutionary psychology that informs his recent work on a comprehensive psychological formulation of suicide terrorism.
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