Every year, the national Secular Student Alliance hears about the amazing things our affiliate groups are doing. When we hear of a group doing something especially awesome, we give out an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. Today, we're spotlighting the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida and their fantastic Openly Secular Day event. This event has earned them an Award for Outstanding Activism.
The secular community at the University of Central Florida continues to impress us here at the national Secular Student Alliance. This year, we've given two Awards for Outstanding Activism to individuals involved on the UCF campus, so it was a matter of time before the Secular Student Alliance at UCF received one as well.
As many of you know, April 23rd was the first ever Openly Secular Day! The Secular Student Alliance at UCF had the opportunity to host the flagship event, which was a resounding success. Over 150 people attended their event (despite the rain)! They had many nationally known speakers, including Greta Christina, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, Hemant Mehta, and evolutionary psychologist Will Gervais. Six different groups tabled at the event, including Central Florida Freethought and Planned Parenthood.
Openly Secular Day is a day whose goal is to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people - including atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people - to be open about their beliefs. It is great to see an SSA affiliate group put on such a large event that engages their campus and local communities in such a positive way!
We are so proud of the work that SSAUCF has done in their community! We want to recognize them for making sure that secular individuals are able to be out, proud, and open about who they are, and are thrilled to be able to recognize them with an Award for Outstanding Activism.
We are proud to have you as a part of the secular student movement.
Thank you for your work, SSAUCF!