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Secular Student Movement Update 2/5/2015

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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 August Brunsman, Executive Director at the Secular Student Alliance

The Secular Student Alliance has extended our deadline for nominations for our Board of Directors! Applications will now be accepted until Friday, February 6 at 5:00 ET. More information can be found at secularstudents.org/nomination.

Today is the last day for our affiliate groups to order tabling supplies for Darwin Day! As of today, we have sent out over fifty packets to groups planning events for next Thursday's holiday, ranging from raffles to birthday parties to speakers to creationist bingo. It should be a fun time for everyone involved and we look forward to everything our groups are putting together. More information about Darwin Day for our students can be found at secularstudents.org/darwinday.

As we mentioned last week, 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 5-8. 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'.

Secular Start Up: Getting Media Coverage for your Campus Group

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Secular Start Up is the finest (and only) official video advice series from the Secular Student Alliance, put on by our Communications Associate, Kelley Freeman, and our Regional Program Manager, Gordon Maples. It originally started in August of 2013 and has evolved into a bimonthly series of national updates and student leader advice.

This week's Secular Start Up covers the best ways to get media attention for your group, be it press releases, letters to the editor, or social media! Still have questions? Feel free to contact communications@secularstudents.org for help!

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 ssa@secularstudents.org.

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 nominating@secularstudents.org.

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 ssa@secularstudents.org.

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