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Weekly news, emails, and group-running articles for student leaders. Check in every week for new postings!

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This Week: Conference Registration, Openly Secular Day, Your Local Secular Community

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Registration for SSA Con is Live!

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We're so excited about the 2015 SSA Annual Conference! 

Registration is now open. We suggest getting registered as soon as possible so you don't have to worry about it later.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

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Openly Secular Day

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Openly Secular Day is a celebration of secular people opening up about their secular worldview, and an opportunity for theistic allies to show their support for secular friends and family. 

It's on April 23rd. We offer a variety of resources to help you have the best event possible. 

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Reaching Out to the Local Secular Community

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Reaching out and forming relationships with local off-campus community secular groups can be beneficial to both parties.

Most of the time, these off-campus groups really want to reach out and work with you as well, but it can sometimes be a challenging hill to climb, both on and off campus.

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The University of Kentucky Secular Student Alliance tabling on campus

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Valerie Tarico

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Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist with a passion for personal and social evolution. Her speaking topics include: Women in the Bible and Christian History, Female Personhood vs Fetal Personhood, The Psychology of Christianity, Recovering from Religion, and Asking for Money: How to get In-Kind and Monetary Support for Your Group.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

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Group Running Library

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The Group Running Library contains a variety of articles and resources to help your group be awesome.

We tackle everything from leadership transitions, to group promotion, to dealing with problematic members or leaders.


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This Week: Join the Secular Student Movement, Ask an Atheist Day, New Mission

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Join the Secular Student Movement

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The SSA empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism.

By becoming a student member, you become a part of that mission.

There are several other perks, plus it's free! Sign up yourself or sign up your whole group at once. Join today!

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Ask an Atheist Day


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National Ask an Atheist Day is an opportunity for secular groups across the country to work together to defeat stereotypes about atheism and encourage courteous dialogue between believers and nonbelievers alike.

This year it falls on Thursday, April 16th.

SSA provides a variety of resources to help you make the most of your Ask an Atheist Day event!

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New Mission, Vision, & Values

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Have you heard? We've updated our Mission, Vision, and Values!

It’s full of sinister things like…embracing human and civil rights and social justice! And making inclusivity and diversity a priority! And even promoting skepticism and innovative thinking!

We encourage you to get familiar with it, and even co-sign in support.

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Student Leaders from Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Lake Forest College

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Gleb Tsipursky

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As the Co-Founder and Chief Insights Officer of Intentional Insights, Gleb would be glad to present to your group about research-based strategies on effective decision-making, goal achievement, and stress management. He can also talk about how secular people can find meaning, purpose, and happiness.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

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Tabling Supplies

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With Ask an Atheist Day and Openly Secular Day coming up, you'll want to be sure you're stocked on tabling supplies!

You can request supplies that are specific to those events, and general supplies to use any time. Tabling regularly is a fantastic way to get the word out about your group and grow membership.

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This Week: Getting Started with Service, Speaker Lineup, Group Discussion Guides

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Starting Service

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Service is regarded as one of our four focus areas here at the national Secular Student Alliance, and we strongly encourage our affiliates to engage in community service and charity work.

We realize that getting started can be intimidating and/or difficult for many young groups, so we compiled some best practices for doing service projects with your group.

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SSA Con Speaker Lineup

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The SSA Annual Conference continues to creep up on us! While you're waiting for registration to open, check out our great speakers!

The SSA Annual Conference is a fantastic opportunity to build leadership skills and meet SSA members from around the country. We want as few barriers to attendance as possible so if you have any questions please let us know.

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Group Discussion Guides

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Many SSA affiliate groups hold discussion meetings. If you're starting to run out of ideas, or just want some general tips, our Group Discussion Guides are for you! 

There are a series of discussion topic resources and tips for running a successful discussion meeting, 

Check it out, and let us know how your meetings go!

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The University of Illinois at Chicago SSA and members of Cru after a very successful debate.

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Jen McCreight

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Jen McCreight is a lifelong non-theist, but became vocal about her atheism when she started college at Purdue University. During this time she also started to blog at Blag Hag, a popular atheist blog, which became infamous partially thanks to "Boobquake". 

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

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Email and Web Forwards

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Our email and web forwards will help your group have a professional appearance, and put a safeguard in place in the event of an unexpected leadership transition. 

You won't worry about losing access to an email account, and you can have an easy to remember web address. 

This is one of our most recommended services!

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This Week: Leadership Transitions, Service Projects, Workshop Opportunity

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Leadership Transitions

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Every year there are SSA affiliate groups that die because they did not plan leadership transitions. It's really depressing, especially because it's preventable! 

As a current leader, it is your duty to ensure leadership for the following year. Luckily, we have an in-depth guide on leadership transitions. 

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Campus Day of Service

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Many universities have campus-wide days of service in the spring. Be on the look out for opportunities at your school. Ask at the Registered Student Organization office, or similar department on campus.

Check out our service resources for ideas to get engaged in service projects for a campus day of service or any other time of the year. 

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Darrel's Workshop

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On the Friday before SSA Con begins, there is a workshop that will focus on leadership training that is applicable not only to your affiliate group, but also to other leadership positions you hold.

Topics include consensus building, planning, setting goals, delegation, working with other leaders and volunteers, and more!

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The Agnostics Atheists & Freethinkers at Oklahoma City Community College tables every week!

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Ashley F. Miller

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Ashley F. Miller is a writer, activist, and communications scholar from South Carolina, who has worked for LGBT, secular, and women's rights for over a decade.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 


New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update


Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

Featured Service
Activity Packets

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We have a series of activity packets to break down and simplify the steps to activities to make them more manageable, and to give you a better idea of how and what you're doing. They also clue you into the wide variety of things to do, and facilitate intergroup, even intergenerational, collaboration and sharing.

Check them out to help plan out the rest of the school year!

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