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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.

Secular Start Up: January Monthly Update

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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, when neither of them even lived in the same state.

Secular Student Alliance Decries Violence in Response to Satire

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As many of you know, today in France, Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper that has previously received threats and attacks based on past critiques of Islam, was attacked by gunmen. Twelve people were killed in the attacks, including journalists and policemen. We at the Secular Student Alliance condemn this assault on free expression. The Secular Student Alliance stands in solidarity with those affected. We mourn the lives lost and offer condolences to the families of the victims.

The Secular Student Alliance promotes secularism and pluralism, and we are outraged and dismayed to see violence as a response to expression. The work of Charlie Hebdo occurs in a complex context where racism and thoughtless Islamophobia influence the discussion. We join those, including many Islamic leaders, who have decried this act of violence by religious extremists. Blasphemy is a victimless crime, and religious beliefs, like all other ideas, are not above criticism. Because satire has the power to open minds and transform even dearly held perspectives, it is a threat to fundamentalism of all types. We trust Charlie Hebdo will emerge from these attacks with very much the same spirit as before. The world is watching, and we stand with Charlie.

#JeSuisCharlie

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