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This is the one time we’re going to do this: SSA Con registration rates are going DOWN! But ONLY THIS WEEK!

You’ve got until Friday, May 12, to enjoy our early bird registration costs one last time! That’s $34.99 for a single student or $124.99 for a group of 5 students!

If you’re out of school, don’t worry, your pricing goes back down too! $99.99 for SSA Members or $44.99 for alumni and advisors!

After this week, you’ll still be able to register, but you’ll spend that much more to be part of the most fun, educational, and inspiring conference secular students could ever attend!

If you’ve thought at all about coming to SSA Con this July 7-9 in Columbus, Ohio, THIS is the week to register for it!

Don’t put it off any longer! Register for SSA Con today with this one-time early bird rate offer!

What do we want? SCIENCE! When do we want it? After peer review!

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Secular Student Alliance supporters from around the country attended their local or the national March for Science. They made signs, invited their friends, and marched, all so we can all live in a country where science is valued and used to enrich all our lives.

Check out these awesome photos of SSA members attending their local Marches.

We’re so happy that we are able to support our students and this type of activism. This is a role that only the National SSA can fulfill.

We need your help to keep this work going.

Click here and make a donation now!

Don’t just take our word for it!

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You hear us at SSA National touting SSA Con as the event of the season and a can’t-miss place to be. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it!

MJ Aiken, a member of Jacksonville State University’s SSA group, first attended SSA Con last year. She would like to share how fun, useful, and exciting that SSA Con was for her. We hope that you can make it this year and enjoy similar experiences! - Nick


Attending SSA Con last year was one of the most edifying experiences of my college career.

It was a game-changing experience for me—the first time I had ever interacted with students and others who openly identified as non-believers and non-heteronormative. I’ll always remember the first day of 2016’s SSA Con as my first experience asking someone, “What are your preferred pronouns?” The variety of panels and workshops—including church/state activism, sexuality, feminism, and group leadership—created space for us to delve into topics in a meaningful way with our peers—as well as with nationally recognized secular activists and fellow student leaders from across the country.

Before attending SSA Con in 2016, I thought secularism was its own issue, and that the injustices others experience was a battle to be fought only by those directly affected by it. My worldview on intersectional secular activism shifted dramatically after SSA Con. I heard so many people who are experts, or current students, in these fields, that it became clear how interconnected our progressive ideas and goals are.

Meeting fellow secular activists who share this progressive passion really bridged the gaps I had created between the various campaigns for human rights we see around us. Today, I see clearly how connected our struggles are—and how aligned we must be in order to create a positive change in the world.

As a soon-to-be-college graduate, I am excited to be returning to Columbus, Ohio this summer as a speaker and an advocate for positive change. Gaining insight into my own passions and developing better informed opinions has enabled me to build knowledge on topics that I share a passion for.

Serving as a speaker at the conference has energized me to inspire a new group of secular students, and to help provide attendees with the same kind of engaging session that caused me to reevaluate myself and my community last year. It has inspired me to motivate others to spark change on their own campuses. I believe this is how sustainable, meaningful change happens, and it is the greatest lesson I have gained from attending SSA Con.

MJ Aiken
SSA at Jacksonville State University

Science makes America great

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The March for Science is this weekend, and I'm hyped!

I'll be attending our local march here Columbus. I've heard from dozens of SSA members and supporters, and I'm happy to say we have participants across the country, including at the flagship march in DC.

I wanted to take a moment and share why I believe the March is so important.

In a Religion News Service op-ed published today, I write:

Despite its unifying potential, some scientists have pushed back against the march, arguing that science is too pure to become political. Other scientists, like astrophysicist Adam Frank, have reluctantly decided to participate in the march, even though he'd rather be “figuring out what's wrong with that vacuum pump on the ion-trap.”

In writing about what he'd rather be doing than marching, he suggests most scientists see communicating with the public as an afterthought. We all lose out because of this.

The real power of science is in allowing all of us to communicate about our world more accurately. And that dialogue must begin with a connection between the public and the scientific community.

Take a moment to read my full op-ed in RNS, and if you share my love of science, please share it with your friends and family.

I hope you'll join me in attending your local March this weekend. Check out the March for Science website for details about your local event.

Because the real power of science is to create common ground among us all.

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