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Secular Student Movement Update 10/30/14

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Every week, the SSA prepares a summary of what the secular student movement is doing. To hear this update and news from the secular movement, tune into the SCA's National Secular Movement Update every Thursday at 12PM ET.

Presented by Kelley Freeman, Communications Associate at the Secular Student Alliance.

graveyardCampuses all over the country are making their own Graveyard of the Gods, a farewell to all the long forgotten deities. It is an opportunity to demonstrate that there are thousands upon thousands of gods out there, and most of them are no longer worshiped. There are 67 campuses that have planned to participate this week. This controversial event has sparked a lot of conversations on campuses about the concept of dead and dying deities, and our students seem to be really enjoying it. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for pictures from this event! 

November 1st marks the kick off for Openly Secular Month, a month in which people are encouraged to come out and be openly secular, supported by a video contest. Openly Secular's video contest encourages participants to Remove their  Mask after Halloween and come out of the closet. The contest begins November 1st and ends November 15th and has both student and non-student categories, with grand prizes up to $1000. For video requirements and more information on the Remove Your Mask campaign, please visit OpenlySecular.org/RemoveYourMask

Checkmate, Atheists! Great job, University of Alabama at Birmingham!

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chessSSA 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!

At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Secular Student Alliance at UAB had a great idea to spread the word about their group on campus - playing chess! They set up a bunch of chess boards and had their members all play other students on their campus. If the student managed to beat the atheist, they won a piece of candy and had the opportunity to say, "Checkmate, atheists!" chess2

This event is great exposure for their group, encourages positive interaction with their campus community, and it's inclusive and fun!

Michael Adams, Vice President of SSA at UAB, stated, "Without the Secular Student Alliance, the group on our campus wouldn't exist. The SSA was essential in making this event happen."

Great idea, SSA at UAB! It looks like it was a lot of fun! 

Has your group done something worth bragging about? Big or small, we want to hear about it! Brag It Up!

Secular Student Alliance Seeks Student Programs Specialist

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SSZ logoThe Secular Student Alliance is seeking a Student Programs Specialist. This position focuses on developing and delivering services and resources to SSA’s individual student members, programs that normalize secular student identity (including Secular Safe Zone and Openly Secular), alumni support, and other programs that focus on secular students as individuals. Unlike most SSA campus organizing positions, this position does not involve working with affiliated campus groups, and instead focuses on support for individual students, including the role of Secular Safe Zone Coordinator.

This position will require substantial exploration of the secular student demographic and related research to understand their needs and identify areas in which we can best provide support for a secular student activist identity. The ability to consolidate information, set metrics, and evaluate program success will be essential to success in this position. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, able to work efficiently in a busy, rapidly-changing office environment, and have excellent communication skills.

Secular Start Up: Tabling

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Secular Start Up is the finest (and only) official video advice series from the Secular Student Alliance, put on by our Communications Associate, Kelley Freeman, and our Regional Program Manager, Gordon Maples. It originally started in August of 2013, when neither of them even lived in the same state.

Since Kelley and Gordon are both in the office now, they've switched up the format for  their weekly advice series for secular student leaders. Instead of doing it by Google+ Hangouts live every week, they've made their series more dynamic and hopefully more helpful!

This week, Kelley and Gordon are re-covering a topic they talked about in their first few weeks of the series: Tabling. A perenially relevant topic to students, their video on tabling includes where on the website to order tabling supplies, how to set it up, and some of the best practices. 

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