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.
Many secular student groups are taking action in the aftermath of the Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court decision. The Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida is holding an awareness-raising campaign among secular and religious students about the impact of the decision, while the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas in Austin is taking its members to protest a city council meeting which has refused to allow a secular invocation. Given the increasing complications caused by this decision, we expect that we will continue to see student involvement on this issue moving forward.
This Saturday marks the launch of Openly Secular, a campaign whose mission is to to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people - including atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people - to be open about their beliefs. This campaign is particularly relevant to secular students, as the student generation is the single most likely to be nonreligious, with recent studies confirming that one in three student-aged Americans is nonreligious. The campaign launch marks the start of a large-scale video campaign, toolkits, and resources to help secular people become open and to help religious allies support the secular people around them.
On Monday of next week, students, administrators, and university presidents will convene at George Washington University for the Fourth Annual National Gathering of the President's Interfaith and Community Service Community Challenge. This event brings together representatives from a wide spectrum of worldviews to plan interfaith and community service projects for their campuses. The program has been welcoming of secular students since its first year, with SSA serving as a major planning organization for this year's gathering. The Secular Student Alliance will also be presenting a session on identifying and managing religious privilege in interfaith settings.