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2017 Call For Nominations


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.

This year there are four four-year non-student seats open and one two-year student seat available. The details of this procedure are articulated in our Code of Regulations.

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

  1. You do not have to be a student, unless you are being nominated for one of the student-reserved seats. To be eligible for a student seat, at the time of the election, you must be enrolled at a high school, be seeking an associate's or bachelor's degree, or have earned an associate's or bachelor's degree in the past two years and six months.
  2. You do not have to identify by any particular label -- "atheist" or "humanist" or anything else. You just have to support our mission, the key points of which are normalizing secular identity, and spreading secular values via student activism, with a focus on engaging intersecting causes (e.g., STEM, interfaith, and social justice).
  3. You do not have to live in any particular place -- the Secular Student Alliance is incorporated and headquartered in Ohio, but nearly all the Board's business is conducted by email or phone.
  4. But you do have to be an organizational member of the SSA -- you received this email because you are a current organizational member (we sometimes call this being an "active supporter" in our promotional materials).
  5. You do have to be smart, energetic, and passionate about the secular student movement -- this is not an honorary position, and you should run only if you intend to participate actively.
  6. You do have to be good at working via email and phone -- with the exception of two in-person meetings per year, almost all of our business is conducted electronically.

The Nominating Committee especially encourages applications from candidates from marginalized groups and candidates with professional experience in fundraising or accounting.

If you'd like to be considered by the Nominating Committee, please fill out this form by Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. If you would like to recommend someone else to the Nominating Committee, please feel free to send an email with the individual's name, contact information, and reason for the suggestion to nominating@secularstudents.org.

After reviewing the answers submitted to these questions, the Nominating Committee will select a set of candidates to be elected by vote of the Board at our February 2017 Board meeting.

Board terms start on April 1 and end after two years for student seats and four years for non-student seats, on March 31.

SSACon 2017


Every year at SSA Con, hundreds of secular students and community leaders gather to share ideas and learn from each other. Our primary goal is to train student leaders and activists from across the United States in grassroots organizing and leadership skills.

This year, SSA Con is being hosted at The Ohio State University Union in Columbus, OH the weekend of July 7-9. Student registration is only $34.99, or $99.99 for Non-Student Members! But act soon because these rates are only good through 3/15.

Not only can you expect to network with fellow leaders from around the nation and learn practical skills for organizing, we are also bringing you an incredible lineup of professional activists, academics, and movement celebs! Here's a taste:

Hypatia Alexandria! Cofounder of Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree) and founder and president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Northern Virginia.

Diane Burkholder! Cofounder of Kansas City Freethinkers of Color and social advocate for misrepresented and marginalized communities, particularly focused on issues concerning young adults, LGBTQ, people of color, and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Chris Stedman! American writer and interfaith activist who serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community.

David Smalley and Brandy Madden! Hosts of Dogma Debate and founders of the Secular Media Group.

So what are you waiting for? Register for SSA Con 2017 today!

"Our desire is to...help advance God’s Kingdom"


President Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to be the next Secretary of Education. She is a terrible choice, and the Secular Student Alliance must oppose her.

You might not have heard of Betsy DeVos before, but she has spent her life trying to dismantle the separation of church and state, advancing school vouchers, gutting public education, and forcing her religious and political ideologies onto communities.

She is a wholly unacceptable choice to be Secretary of Education. We believe we must raise our collective voice and oppose her confirmation.

Click here to take action; add your name to our efforts!

If you’ve watched any of the Senate confirmation hearings, and you should, you’ve seen her dodge questions and demonstrate a clear lack of understanding of even basic education issues. That alone should disqualify her.

As bad as that was, unfortunately it’s not the whole story. She is also a longtime advocate of merging religion and education. Or, as she put it at a 2001 meeting called ‘The Gathering’

Full quote: Our desire is to be in that Shephelah, and to confront the culture in which we all live today in ways that will continue to help advance God’s Kingdom, but not to stay in our own faith territory.

We’ve joined with the Secular Coalition of America on a write-in campaign opposing her confirmation. Join us and tell your Senators to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.

The Secretary of Education should promote evidence- and science-based curricula and a secular education system. She won’t, and that’s why we must oppose her.

Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for January 31. There is no time to waste: TAKE ACTION NOW!

Great way to end the year!


I'm thrilled to announce we met our $30,000 end-of-year fundraising goal!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated. Meeting this goal means we fully unlocked the matching funds put up by Ron Verstappen.

We've got big plans for 2017...

  1. Welcome the new Secular Student Alliance Executive Director!
  2. Keep starting more groups at HBCUs
  3. Have the biggest SSA conference ever this year (we're partnering with FFRF to add a high school track); more details soon!

So thanks again for making 2016 end on a positive note. A big thank you to everyone who donated, and a huge thank you to Ron for his matching funds.

Did you forget to donate? Sneak one in here.


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