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Secular Student Alliance seeks Campus Organizing Assistant

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Campus Organizers
SSA's Campus Organizing team knows how to have fun.
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The national Secular Student Alliance seeks one Campus Organizing Assistant. This part-time position will provide administrative support for campus organizing programs and operations, including data entry and organization, preparing and shipping packets, maintaining and organizing supplies, and general program support as needed.

This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) with hours worked within the normal business work week (Monday - Friday, 9-5). Schedule can be determined upon hire, but must be consistent on a week-to-week basis. Schedule may be updated each academic term if necessary. Very occasional weekend work may be required.

This position will be based in our national offices in Columbus, OH and reports to the Director of Campus Organizing. We require a relatively relaxed dress code for office environment (clean, modest, no garments showing excessive distress). This position will begin on or around January 15, 2014.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications are due no later than December 15, 2013.

Richard Dawkins: An Appetite for Wonder (Presented by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at Stanford)

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In October 2013, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at Stanford was able to host Richard Dawkins thanks to a project grant from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group. 

This October, The Humanist Connection: Serving Stanford & the SF Bay Since 2012, AHA!@Stanford: A Secular Student Alliance Affiliate Group, The Secular Student Alliance, The Stanford Undergraduate and Graduate Student Councils, CFI On Campus, and The Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason and Science collaborated to bring our event, Richard Dawkins: An Appetite for Wonder, to Stanford University's gorgeous campus in Palo Alto, CA. The event was hosted at Stanford Business School, primarily coordinated by AHA!@Stanford, the student community for Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics, and the non-religious at Stanford, and The Humanist Connection, a non-profit that supports AHA!@Stanford and provides resources, programs, volunteer events, and meetings for non-students, alumni, staff, and faculty at Stanford.

West Virginia University hosts a Secular Safe Zone Training!

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SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time.  We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series.  If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!

This post is written by Sean Banerjee, a member of the Secular Student Alliance at West Virginia University, about his experience hosting Secular Safe Zone Coordinator Andrew Cheadle-Ford for an Ally training at his school.

In 2013 the Secular Student Alliance announced the formation of the Secular Safe Zone program. The purpose of the program is to help create safe spaces where secular students could question, criticize and discuss topics that are important to them. At the Secular Student Alliance at West Virginia University (SSA-WVU) we aim to help raise awareness on secular issues as well as create a positive and healthy secular community within the university. During the 2013 Secular Student Alliance conference in Columbus, five of our members successfully completed the training program to become the first five Allies within the state of West Virginia. 

In going through the training, we quickly realized the benefits the program would offer to students across the country. As students, we have little to no information regarding who is a friend to secular students on campus. This lack of information often alienates students with no reassurance that the university administration, staff, and faculty are versed in the needs of secular students. Sadly, the secular community lacks any truly well-defined symbols that are worn by the masses to identify themselves.

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Andrew Cheadle-Ford with participants in the first ever Secular Safe Zone training held by a campus group!

Shortly after the July 2013 Secular Student Alliance Conference, we spoke to the Secular Safe Zone coordinator, Andrew Cheadle-Ford, on whether it would be possible to bring the training program to West Virginia University. On October 27, after many months of planning, we became the first affiliate group to hold a Secular Safe Zone training program on a university campus. The workshop attracted twenty members, ranging from faculty, staff, and administrators to students and community members. Following the successful workshop, WVU currently has the highest number of trained Allies of any campus. As a student organization and members of the university community, we are proud to raise awareness on the issues faced by secular students.

Secular Student Alliance Seeks Rapid Response Organizer

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[UPDATE:] While we are still planning on hiring a Rapid Response Organizer in the near future, we are moving back the hire date a couple of months. We will be taking the ad for the position down and most likely re-posting it some time after February 2014.

The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. We work to organize and empower nonreligious students around the country.

The mission of the Secular Student Alliance is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. We envision a future in which nontheistic students are respected voices in public discourse and vital partners in the secular movement's charge against irrationality and dogma.

Job Description: Many secular students face illegal discrimination and intrusion of religion into their educational environment. The Rapid Response Organizer will help these students facing antagonistic administrators (mostly in high schools) by 1) identifying opportunities to aid secular students facing violations of their rights, 2) providing hands-on support in organizing students and the community members to run effective campaigns to exercise their rights, and 3) publicizing the struggles faced by secular students and the victories the RRO helps to achieve.

Campaigns may include:

  • convincing high school administrators to allow secular students to form a club
  • ensuring that classroom material is based on scientific - not religious - understandings of sexual education or evolution, and
  • stopping school officials from using their position to proselytize religious views to children.

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