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Catherine's Inspiring Story


Dear Supporter,

I can't believe how much we've achieved in just 7 months! Last spring, I hadn't even heard of the Secular Student Alliance. Since then, with their help, I founded a flourishing group for fellow nonreligious students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, organized dozens of social and service events, and was there for the Secular Coalition for America's historic policy briefing with the Obama Administration.

None of this success would have been possible without the continued support of people like you.

My group's growth is not unique; the SSA's aid empowers leaders on campuses around the country to build secular student groups. We are one of two hundred Secular Student Alliance affiliate groups - a number which has more than doubled in three years!

This is an exciting time for our movement. Donate to the Secular Student Alliance today to keep the momentum rolling!

The recent unprecedented policy briefing with administration officials signals a coming change in how politicians will treat secular Americans like you and me - and students will be an integral part of that change. The Secular Student Alliance represents the generation which has the highest percent of nontheists ever. We have the potential to affect the political landscape as we continue to become more active and organized.

Richard Dawkins put it well: "The Secular Student Alliance is the future. Or it had better be, if there is to be any future worth having!"

We need to keep investing in the future of our movement. By donating to the Secular Student Alliance, you are building the movement from the ground up and inspiring a new generation of secular leaders. Please contribute today!

Catherine W. Blackwell
Secular Student Alliance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

P.S. Every day, new students hoping to become leaders in the secular community join our movement. We need your contribution to continue supporting this growth. Thank you for your commitment to a secular future!

Secular Students Make Tribune Magazine Front Page


The front page story of this weekend's Chicago Tribune Magazine featured the SSA-affiliate Northern Illinois University Atheists, Agnostics and Free Thinkers (AAFT) and Board of Directors Chair Hemant Mehta! It's a great look at how nonreligious students are becoming more common and more accepted. Check out the cover and read the whole article!

Secular Student Alliance New England Leadership Summit Schedule


New England Leadership SummitWe are happy to announce the schedule for the 2010 New England Leadership Summit! This event runs from April 16-18 at Harvard University in Boston, MA. Speakers include blogger Greta Christina, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University Greg Epstein, CFI On Campus organizer Debbie Goddard, and SSA staff and affiliate group leaders. The summit also includes a special presentation by the MythBusters and a keynote address by author and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein.

Learn more about the summit and register online!

Apply Now for the 2010 Best Awards


Best AwardEvery year, the Secular Student Alliance issues five awards to the affiliates that excel in a given area or combination thereof. These awards include a handsome plaque, a cash award, a featured article in the eMpirical, and an invitation for a representative of your group to present at our annual conference in Columbus, OH.


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