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This Week: Secular Safe Zone, SSA Speakers Bureau, Activity Packets

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Secular Safe Zone

The Secular Safe Zone is the SSA's newest program! This program trains and educates allies who will create safe spaces in which secular students can question, criticize, and discuss topics and issues important to them. By establishing Secular Safe Zones all around the country, this program will curtail the effects of discrimination, bullying, and social isolation faced by many secular students - especially high school students - in our society. The Secular Safe Zone provides the training and tools necessary to help allies understand and assist secular students on their way to establishing confident secular identities, who will in turn help build a more accepting and just society.

We want to encourage you, your group's advisor, or others on your campus to participate. Check out the Secular Safe Zone website for more information!

SSA Speakers Bureau

If you are looking to fill out your group's meeting schedule for the year, why not consider bringing a speaker? Our Speakers Bureau has a wide range of entertainers, intellectuals and professionals from various backgrounds, speaking on a variety of topics, for you to choose from. As an affiliate of the SSA, you have the power to request these speakers at any time, while also requesting funding of at most $400 per speaker. If you're a small or new group and have never brought a speaker to your campus, don't worry. The campus organizing team is here to help you with this process. Check out our speaker event checklist for an idea on what you'll need in preparation for a speaker. Contact Nick Stancato for any specific questions on the Bureau.

Activity Packets

Want more ideas on your next meeting? Visit our activity packets page and learn all kinds of things your group can do this school year. There are three main collections of activities featuring activism, discussion and service. Feel free to amend the suggested activities to tailor it to your group's needs. Also, if you think there are some other really great ideas to be done that are not featured on our page, tell us about it!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at Riverside City College showing exceptional tabling skills during welcome day.

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SSA Leaderspace

Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from our own Neil Wehneman speaking on the legal rights of student groups.
Newest Affiliate
Washington and Jefferson Secular Student Alliance
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Featured Speaker
Seth Lepore

Seth Lepore (Writer/Performer) holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focus: Creativity in Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Since 1996 he has created several self-produced one-man shows. Two Minutes to Midnight (1999) was the last monologue Lepore performed before taking a ten year break to focus on several music collaborations, especially his solo project Older Than Hours.

Seth asks for an honorarium of $750 for his appearances.
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This Week: Talk Like a Pirate Day, Hug An Atheist Week, Join the SSA's Leaderspace on Facebook

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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day is this September 19th. The day is observed to celebrate the victories and ongoing fight against intelligent design. Learn more about the day here and make sure to order our Pastafarian tabling supplies including our new Flying Speghetti Monster stickers. There are also more recent reasons to observe the day considering the ongoing prosecution of Russian minorities. You may want to treat the day as a celebration and continued recognition of our freedom of expression in this country.

Hug An Atheist Week

Hug an Atheist Week is an event from October 1-7 during which local nonreligous communities are encouraged to have at least one Hug an Atheist fundraiser benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The event was inspired by Illini Secular Student Alliance, where the group held a successful month-long Hug An Atheist fundraiser for LLS during their Light The Night event. Hug an Atheist Week allows your community to participate in an international partnership between the secular community and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The LLS provides financial support for scientific research, educational efforts, and patient care. These are services which speak to the values of humanists everywhere. Hug an Atheist events are service events fundraising for a great cause which simultaneously serve to break down stereotypes and stigmas surrounding nonreligious individuals.

Read More about Hug An Atheist Week and see other ways to get involved with LLS and Light The Night!

Join the SSA's Leaderspace on Facebook

One of the greatest services we offer for secular students is a way to get in contact with eachother which is why we started our Facebook Leaderspace group. Join today and keep in contact with other SSA affiliate leaders all across the country. This service is a great way for groups starting to get advice from your peers who have had much of the same experiences as you. This is also a great way to get in touch with other officers from other groups to offer advice as well!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Freethinkers, Agnostics, and Atheists of Mississippi State University working with the good folks at Habitat for Humanity to build a house!

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SSA Leaderspace

Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Chris Calvey on how to be a more awesome group.

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Tabling Supplies

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Liz Heywood

Liz Heywood grew up in the Christian Science Church at a time when it actively promoted faith healing over medical care. When she was thirteen years old, Liz contracted a life-threatening bone disease, but her parents never took her to a doctor, relying instead on prayer as the only “treatment”. She is now working on a book going over her childhood.
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This Week: SSA Seeks Administrative Assistant, Secular Legal Society Banners, Student-Alumni Speaker Bureau

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SSA Seeks Administrative Assistant

We are hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant to help perform basic administrative work. This position will be at our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The vast majority of hours will be between 9-5 M-F. While we will expect a generally consistent schedule from week to week, as long as 90% of the hours are within normal business hours, we are fairly flexible about which hours are worked. Schedule could be updated quarterly. Very occasional weekend work may be required. We have an office of ten people and four remote workers in other states. Click here for more information on the position including requirements and responsibilities.

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] by midnight on Friday, September 6th, 2013. You may address your letter to Mr. August E. Brunsman IV. As with all positions at the Secular Student Alliance, this is an at-will position.

Check out our jobs page to see the latest opportunities in the movement.

Secular Legal Society Banners

Check out our new banners!

With our tabling supplies service, we can send your group many supplies that would be useful if you'd ever want to table for an event or just generally for your group. We are proud to announce our latest item is provided exclusively to affiliates who are part of the Secular Legal Society. Feel free to request these tabling supplies from us and others by filling out a request form.

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

Student-Alumni Speaker Bureau

Did you know the SSA had a Student and Alumni based Speakers Bureau?

The Student Speakers Bureau is intended to provide great, low-cost speakers to SSA affiliates. All members of this Bureau are either current students or recent alumni. They are proven speakers that have been well-received by their groups, as well as by other groups.

Student speakers are meant to travel within their areas only; a student from California is not meant to be flown over to Mississippi for an event. Student speakers do not charge any kind of honorarium and are often willing to sleep on couches instead of in hotel rooms.

SSA Speakers Bureau funding may be requested to bring in a student speaker; however, the max for a student speaker event is $100. If you are interested in getting a student speaker, fill out a request form. If you would like to apply to be on the Student Speakers Bureau, be sure to put in an application. It is a great chance to gain public speaking experience, interact with other students, and get even more involved in the movement.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from TCU Freethinking Frogs tabling at their school's Student Orgs Event.

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New Leader?
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Brag It Up!
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SSA Leaderspace

Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Ted Cox speaking on how to host a happy speaker.

Recovering from Religion
was recently approached by a documentary/reality production company for a program highlighting the struggles of people who change their religious views. If you are interested in sharing your story or know someone who might be interested, send an email to admin@recovering from religion.org.
 
Talk Like a Pirate Day is this September 19th. The day is observed to celebrate the victories and ongoing fight again intelligent design. Learn more about the day here and make sure to order our Pastafarian tabling supplies.
Newest Affiliate
Southwestern Oregon Community College Secular Student Alliance
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Email and Web Forwards

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Featured Speaker
Jennifer Hancock

Jen is the author of The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom. Former executive director for the Humanists of Florida Association, she is now a freelance writer for secular publications. Jen is a third-generation humanist and can bring a unique perspective in her talks.
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This Week: SSA T-Shirt Design Contest, Project Interfaith Guest Blogging, Brag It Up Submissions

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  • SSA T-Shirt Design Contest
  • Project Interfaith Guest Blogging
  • Brag It Up Submissions

SSA T-Shirt Design Contest

Do you love our $5 SSA t-shirts? Well, we're almost out! That means we have an opportunity to get a new design and we'd like your helping in making it!

The requirements are:

The winner will get a free shirt with their design, named credit online, bragging rights, and a mystery prize!

Be sure to review our page on acceptable alterations to the SSA logo in your design and go here to download the official logo.

Project Interfaith Guest Blogging

Our allies at Project Interfaith are looking for writers for their blog. If you had experience living in a multicultural setting and have some words of advice or encouragement, submit a piece for them! Here are a few requirements:

  • Relevant to Project Interfaith’s mission
  • Approximately 600-800 words in length
  • Constructed with acceptable grammar, spelling and style
  • Suitable for a broad range in audience
  • Informative, fun and original

Email Tom your submission and send him any questions you might have about guest blogging. Also don't forget that Project Interfaith is still looking for four different interns right now. Hurry and apply because this opportunity will pass you by before you know it!

Brag It Up Submissions

This is a reminder about our "Brag It Up" series that allows our affiliates to tell the world how awesome you are and the good things that you do.

The situation for each group is different, which is why we want to recognize the things you do that are awesome in the context of your group. Give us the situation and the context, and let us know why you're proud of your group. All submitted stories qualify for our Award for Outstanding Activism.

Be sure to check out our collection of Brags so far.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian College during their Light The Night Walk in 2012. Visit our LTN page for information on how to get involved.

Send us your photos!
New Leader?
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Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
SSA Leaderspace

Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas or Columbus? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Matt McCormick speaking on firebrand and 'waterbrand' atheism.
Newest Affiliate
The Secular Student Alliance at North Hunterdon High School
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Featured Service
Funding Finder

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Featured Speaker
Bruce Gleason

A resident of Orange County, CA, Mr. Gleason produces a monthly atheist cable TV show called Orange County Atheists, the only atheistic TV show in California. He also publishes an e-newsletter for atheists, church and state separatists, and humanists called the Secular Gazette. He directs Orange County's only annual secular conference called the Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference and founded Orange County's largest atheist meetup group called Backyard Skeptics.
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