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This Week: The Leadership Transition Quick Plan, National Day of Reason, and Free Money for SSA Con

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Leadership Transitions 
(The Quick Plan!)

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Do you know who will be leading your group next school year? Great! If not, it's time to go over the leadership transition quick plan ASAP! The primary reason we see SSA affiliate groups fade away is due to poor leadership transitions.

This four-week plan can be shortened if necessary. The key elements are introducing new officers to the university resources and external support, and having the new officers run a meeting or event with former leader assistance.

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National Day of Reason

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The National Day of Reason exists to inspire the secular community to be visible and active on this day to set the right example for how to effect positive change.

Local groups, organizations, and/or individuals might use “Day of Reason” to name their events, to call attention to the national initiative. The important message is to provide a positive, useful, constitutional alternative to the exclusionary National Day of Prayer.

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Leadership Travel Aid

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SSA's Annual Conference is designed to be as accessible to students as possible. If you want to be there, we want to help you get there!

Typical individual Leadership Travel Aid funding awards range from $100-$400 and group awards range from $100-$600. Also note that if you'll need more funding than what SSA can provide, you can look for other sources with this guide.

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Campus Organizer Jessika and leaders of Butler University SSA at the Indiana Statehouse for an RFRA opposition rally.

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Thea Deley

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Thea studied improv comedy at Second City in Hollywood, and performs improv, stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. She also writes and directs spoof videos, and her short “SonShades” won “Best Comedy” at the 2012 Paonia Film Festival.

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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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Business Cards

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The Secular Student Alliance provides our affiliate groups with free business cards. There is no cost for these cards for affiliated groups. We will create a design and ask you to approve it before we order your cards. This service is offered for branded groups as well as affiliate group who do not use SSA branding.

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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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