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Welcome Samreena Farooqui to the SSA Staff!

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We are proud to announce Samreena Farooqui as the newest Campus Organizer here at the Secular Student Alliance! In her new position, Sam will focus on working with our affiliates and chapters in the Atlantic region, which encompasses Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. She will also be an integral part in making sure that SSA Con 2017 runs efficiently and successfully!

samSam was a founding officer of SSA at Florida State University, where she went on to organize the first-ever Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference (S3RC). At FSU, she was also part of the executive board of The F-Word and organized Ladyfest 2014 and Take No More Fest 2015, which featured artists with marginalized identities to benefit the local community. She also served as the Treasurer for Planned Parenthood: Generation Action at FSU and as an FSU Senator. She worked as an outreach intern for the Center for Inquiry, a social media intern for the American Humanist Association, and the Communications Director for CFI-Tallahassee prior to joining SSA as a Campus Organizer. 

"Sam was a fantastic student leader, and we believe that her many skills will translate well to her Campus Organizer role here at the SSA," said Nick Stancato, the Program Manager for the Secular Student Alliance, "We think she is going to be a great fit here, and brings a lot to the table."

Sam will be taking over the Atlantic region from Gordon Maples, who is departing the Seculargordon Student Alliance after more than 5 years as a Campus Organizer with the organization. In the fall, Gordon will be starting in a degree program for a Master's in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt University, where he will be working in the Office of the University Chaplain as a Graduate Assistant. The SSA staff wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors!

"It has been a fantastic experience working and learning at the SSA for so many years, and meeting so many great people,"Gordon said, "This is an organization with a mission and membership that deeply matter to me, and I think that Sam will do a fantastic job taking over my position."

Attendees at the SSA Annual Conference this summer will have one final opportunity to engage with Gordon in his role with the Secular Student Alliance. Samreena will also be present to personally meet with many of the SSA groups that she will supporting in the future, as well as to speak and otherwise help in coordinating the event.

SSA Con costs less until Friday!

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This is the one time we’re going to do this: SSA Con registration rates are going DOWN! But ONLY THIS WEEK!

You’ve got until Friday, May 12, to enjoy our early bird registration costs one last time! That’s $34.99 for a single student or $124.99 for a group of 5 students!

If you’re out of school, don’t worry, your pricing goes back down too! $99.99 for SSA Members or $44.99 for alumni and advisors!

After this week, you’ll still be able to register, but you’ll spend that much more to be part of the most fun, educational, and inspiring conference secular students could ever attend!

If you’ve thought at all about coming to SSA Con this July 7-9 in Columbus, Ohio, THIS is the week to register for it!

Don’t put it off any longer! Register for SSA Con today with this one-time early bird rate offer!

What do we want? SCIENCE! When do we want it? After peer review!

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Secular Student Alliance supporters from around the country attended their local or the national March for Science. They made signs, invited their friends, and marched, all so we can all live in a country where science is valued and used to enrich all our lives.

Check out these awesome photos of SSA members attending their local Marches.

We’re so happy that we are able to support our students and this type of activism. This is a role that only the National SSA can fulfill.

We need your help to keep this work going.

Click here and make a donation now!

Don’t just take our word for it!

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You hear us at SSA National touting SSA Con as the event of the season and a can’t-miss place to be. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it!

MJ Aiken, a member of Jacksonville State University’s SSA group, first attended SSA Con last year. She would like to share how fun, useful, and exciting that SSA Con was for her. We hope that you can make it this year and enjoy similar experiences! - Nick


Attending SSA Con last year was one of the most edifying experiences of my college career.

It was a game-changing experience for me—the first time I had ever interacted with students and others who openly identified as non-believers and non-heteronormative. I’ll always remember the first day of 2016’s SSA Con as my first experience asking someone, “What are your preferred pronouns?” The variety of panels and workshops—including church/state activism, sexuality, feminism, and group leadership—created space for us to delve into topics in a meaningful way with our peers—as well as with nationally recognized secular activists and fellow student leaders from across the country.

Before attending SSA Con in 2016, I thought secularism was its own issue, and that the injustices others experience was a battle to be fought only by those directly affected by it. My worldview on intersectional secular activism shifted dramatically after SSA Con. I heard so many people who are experts, or current students, in these fields, that it became clear how interconnected our progressive ideas and goals are.

Meeting fellow secular activists who share this progressive passion really bridged the gaps I had created between the various campaigns for human rights we see around us. Today, I see clearly how connected our struggles are—and how aligned we must be in order to create a positive change in the world.

As a soon-to-be-college graduate, I am excited to be returning to Columbus, Ohio this summer as a speaker and an advocate for positive change. Gaining insight into my own passions and developing better informed opinions has enabled me to build knowledge on topics that I share a passion for.

Serving as a speaker at the conference has energized me to inspire a new group of secular students, and to help provide attendees with the same kind of engaging session that caused me to reevaluate myself and my community last year. It has inspired me to motivate others to spark change on their own campuses. I believe this is how sustainable, meaningful change happens, and it is the greatest lesson I have gained from attending SSA Con.

MJ Aiken
SSA at Jacksonville State University

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