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Secular Student Movement Update 1/29/2015

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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

This weekend is the Interfaith Youth Core Interfaith Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia! If you're in the area or planning on attending, make sure to say hi to our Southeast Regional Campus Organizer, Cara Zelaya, as she will be tabling for the Secular Student Alliance. We are always happy to see our affiliate groups and leaders make secular students a visible part of interfaith work and definitely recommend IFYC's Interfaith Leadership Institutes as a good place to start and as a way to learn new skills.

Likewise, the Secular Student Alliance will be tabling at Creating Change, the largest annual activism event for the LGBTQ community and its allies, in Denver, Colorado from February 4th-8th. If you're in the area, come say hi to Director of Campus Organizing, Lyz Liddell, and Communications Associate, Kelley Freeman. Our Southeast Regional Campus Organizer, Cara Zelaya, will also be in attendance and will be presenting alongside Greta Christina for a workshop on 'coming out atheist'. 

Just as a quick reminder, the Secular Student Alliance is still accepting nominations for our Board of Directors. Applications and more information can be found at secularstudents.org/nomination and will be accepted until this Friday at 5:00 PM ET.

For any students on this call, we want to encourage you to apply for American Atheists' Activist Scholarships! Applications are due this Sunday, and more information can be found at atheists.org/scholarships.

That's all for this week! For more information, questions, comments or additions to student-led efforts in the secular movement, contact [email protected].

Secular Student Movement Update 1/22/15

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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

This past Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and many of our student leaders and affiliate groups are taking the opportunity to do service in their local communities. Claremont SSA in California is participating in their university's day of service this Saturday, and Carnegie Mellon University Humanist League bagged lunches for Light of Life Rescue mission as well as participating in a discussion on homelessness and diversity. Service is one of the core values we hold at the Secular Student Alliance, and we are always excited to see our affiliate groups be involved on campus and in their community!

This week, nominations for the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors are open! We are looking for both students and non-students. Our Board is elected by a vote of the current Board to four-year terms. You do not have to be a student or identify as a particular label (meaning that you do not have to be an atheist or humanist). You just have to support our mission, the key points of which are normalizing secular identity, spreading secular values via student activism, and engaging intersecting causes. You don't have to have to live anywhere specific, but we do have two in-person meetings per year (although all business is conducted electronically). Additionally, Board Members do have to be organizational members of the Secular Student Alliance, that is, an 'active supporter' of the Secular Student Alliance. Ultimately, our Board Members must be smart, energetic, and passion about the secular student movement. If you'd like to be considered by the nominating committee, please fill out the form at http://www.secularstudents.org/nomination by Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. If you would like to recommend someone else to the nominations committee, please feel free to send an email with the individual's name, contact information, and reason for the suggestion to [email protected].

This weekend is Freethought Blogs Con, also known as FTBCon, a free, online conference organized by the Freethought Blogs network. The focus is on social justice, technology, and the future of the freethought movement. You can see many of our staff participating in talks on Saturday morning with such topics as "Why Are Secular Students Awesome, and How Can Non-students be Involved?", "Identifying and Addressing Christian Privilege in Intersectional Spaces", and "Becoming a Secular Safe Zone Ally". For more information, check out FTBcon.org!

That's all for this week! For more information, questions, comments or additions to student-led efforts in the secular movement, contact [email protected].

SSA Seeking Nominations 2015 Board of Directors

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Update: application deadline extended to Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

The Secular Student Alliance Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations for the slate of candidates to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the principal decision-making body of the Secular Student Alliance. The Board determines the mission, vision, goals, and policies of the SSA. It also directs the Executive Director, who is responsible for day-to-day operations and directs the other staff members.

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Some of the Members of our 2014 Board of Directors

The procedure for election to the Board changed in 2014. Previously, a vote of all Secular Student Alliance members elected the Board at the annual meeting to two-year terms. Under the changes, candidates are elected by a vote of the current Board to four-year terms. Additionally, two student-reserved seats were created on the Board to ensure their representation. The details of this procedure are articulated in our Code of Regulations.

In order to be considered for nomination to the Board of Directors:

Secular Student Movement Update 1/15/15

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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

Most of our students will be returning to classes starting next week, so there's not much to report on this week.

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