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FREE Swag (No, Really!) :: This Week

This month, we’re being extra generous with additional and FREE surprise swag when you fill out your tabling supplies request! Think of what events your group can table at, such as a Student Organizations Fair or events hosted by other student organizations such as LGBT or Women’s Rights. Supplies can take up to two weeks to arrive, so plan accordingly!
When’s the last time to you spoke with your advisor? Reach out to them with an update on how the group is doing and your plans for the year. Remember your school may need them to fill out required paperwork for your group. Include them on any email lists and invite them to your weekly meetings, or even to speak at one! They’re a great contact to help resolve issues and reserving rooms or speakers at your school. Send your advisor to our advisors page dedicated just for them to learn about the resources we offer!
Have you thought of fun, creative, or more effective ways to recruit new students? Many students are looking for groups to join and new friends to make. Not everyone may be comfortable identifying with atheism, some may be purely skeptical. Check out our promotion page to learn more creative ways to gain new members!

University of Texas San Antonio Secular Student Alliance!

"If the public doesn't learn about atheists from us, then they will learn from the man preaching hellfire from the pulpit and on street corners. We need to take command of our image to stop it from being distorted more than it already has by preachers and victims of indoctrination. We're thoughtful, moral, and willing to give believers more patience and love than they often give to us. It's important that we show it."

Sean Omar Rivera

Sean Rivera, President of the SSA at University of Texas San Antonio, held a successful Hug An Atheist event with his group at the Alamo on August 3rd. Their goal was to inform the public about what being secular means and have productive conversation. Their event was even picked up by local news as well as the United Coalition of Reason! They had great support from the public, even conversing with people who hadn’t knowingly interacted with atheists before. Krystal Solano, one of the students at UTSA SSA, said that events like these help people “see us as a community in a new light”. They are planning on doing another Hug An Atheist day later this school year.

Secular Student Alliance Announces Transition of Executive Director


After a decade and a half of service, August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance, has announced his decision to depart the organization in the next year as he looks toward the next phase of his life. In his letter to the Board, August shared, “I am incredibly proud of all those who have served with me, as staff, board, advisors, group leaders, and other volunteers. Together we have taken a group of students and recent students who knew the student wing of the secular movement needed its own organization to grow, and built it into a force unto itself that has more local chapters than any other organization in our movement.”

In 2000, August gathered with a group of secular student leaders from around the country to build something amazing: a national organization to serve the interests and needs of secular students on campuses across the country. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of empowering secular students, influencing a generation of atheist and humanist leaders, and building the Secular Student Alliance into a pillar of the organized secular movement.

“Under August’s direction, the Secular Student Alliance has expanded in ways none of us could have foreseen,” said Evan Clark, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Today there are SSA alumni staffing almost every national humanist and atheist organization in America. There are over 500 high school or college campuses that have been touched by an SSA affiliate at one point in time. And there are students that will find community in our affiliates this fall that were born the same year the SSA was founded.”

As we embark on the next chapter in the SSA’s story, rest assured that our priority, as always, is to do our utmost to serve secular students. Over the next weeks, the Board of Directors will be putting together a search committee, timeline, and process for completing this transition. We are grateful and proud to have August’s commitment to continue leading the SSA throughout this transition process, and his enthusiasm for bringing on “a new leader with new ideas and a new perspective that will stagger us all.”

SSA Will Update Sexual Harassment Policy


In connection with allegations made by a former SSA student member with respect to a former Speakers Bureau speaker, SSA conducted an inquiry into the sufficiency of our internal policies, procedures, and processes in handling such matters as part of our commitment to prioritizing the safety of our student members. After an in-depth review, it was determined that SSA will make improvements in the interest of continuing to protect the safety and well-being of SSA students.

Press Release: Secular Student Alliance Commends DNC, but Requests Apology


Columbus, OH

In the wake of the DNC email leak scandal, the Secular Student Alliance collected nearly 600 signatures to ask the Democratic National Committee to apologize for Brad Marshall’s email where he suggested to politically attack Bernie Sanders for his suspected atheism.

The Secular Student Alliance is the largest student-focused organization in the country representing atheist, agnostic, freethinkers, and otherwise identifying secular students across the country.


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