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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: Plan Ahead for Fall Recruitment, Summer Activities, Funding & Travel Resources

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Plan Ahead for Fall Recruitment

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"Recruitment should have been pushed in the fall cause it's too late to rope people in."

That's what we heard in one recent affiliation renewal, and it's a sentiment we hear a lot during the spring. Plan ahead now to avoid this critical oversight! Check out our promotional resources and lay the groundwork for an amazing fall semester!

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Summer Activities

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Summer is a great time for you to relax, clear your mind, and have some fun in between semesters. Does this mean that your SSA group should too?

Just because most of your members may not be in classes or in town doesn't mean that your group still can't be active over the summer! Even with smaller numbers, there is still a need to maintain a thriving secular community at your campus over the summer.

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Funding & Travel Resources

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Planning to travel to the SSA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, but not sure how you'll get there? We've got resources for that!

And whether you arrive by car, bus, or plane, you can check out fundraising information. If you have questions about the below options or would like to ask about a different travel option, please feel free to contact us.

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Secular Student Alliance at Florida State University
 

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Zack Ford

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Zack's passions all intersect in his current work, analyzing the intersection of LGBT issues and politics and making sense of religious conservatives' opposition to equality. When he's not recording his own podcast, Queer and Queerer, about the intersection of faith and LGBT issues, he's a guest on radio shows across the country.

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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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Speakers Bureau

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The Bureau is made up of Secular Movement personalities who have graciously offered to speak, debate, or perform with discounted or waived honorariums for affiliates of the Secular Student Alliance.

The Bureau is reserved only to current SSA affiliates and we will do our best to get you a speaker to meet your needs. We offer funding and many of our speakers are very negotiable on their honorarium (if they charge one at all).

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This Week: Early Bird Conference Registration, National Day of Reason, Leader Contact Update

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Early Bird Registration

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

The Early Bird prices for registration end on June 1st. 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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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.

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Leader Contact Update

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Are you no longer a leader of an affiliate group? Did your group recently have elections? Submit a Leader Update form so SSA can stay in touch with leaders.

It's a very quick and painless process! And having updated contact information means that SSA can be sure your group continues to be informed about SSA Services & resources

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The University of Pittsburgh Secular Alliance participating in National Ask an Atheist Day
 

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Candace Gorham

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Candace started the Ebony Exodus project out of her own pain and anguish as a highly religious black female who was not getting adequate support for her severe struggle with mental illness. Today, she endeavors to help men and women--but especially black women--address and recover from the oppression they faced while in the church.

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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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Funding Finder

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We offer several types of funding and grants. You can request money for speaker bureau events, special projects, and travel to the SSA Annual Conference.

Use this Funding Finder to make sure you're filling out the correct application for your needs.

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This Week: Help Students Get to SSA Con, Last Call for Affiliation Renewals, Leadership Workshop

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Last Call to Renew Your Group Affiliation! 

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Spring Affiliation Renewal season is coming to a close! Every affiliate group must renew by April 27th - seriously! Even if your group has died, submit the form to let us know what happened.

If we don't hear back from you, your affiliate group will lose access to SSA Services and Resources. And if it turns out you just forgot to submit the form, you'll have to affiliate all over again to get them back.

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Help Students get to SSA Con!


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Woah! So many of you have applied for Leadership Travel Aid to SSA Con that we are working to make more LTA is available.

However, we need your help. We need you to spread the word on the need for LTA and how people can contribute. You know why you need to get to SSA Con, as well as possibly some people that can help you get there. You can help get more students to SSA Con!

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Leadership Workshop

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At SSA Con this year, we will be offering a new, exciting opportunity to affiliate group leaders! On Friday prior to the event (SSA Con typically begins Friday evening) we will be offering an exciting hands-on, day-long leadership training workshop with Dr. Darrel Ray.

The workshop will focus on leadership training that is applicable not only to your affiliate group, but also to other leadership positions you may hold.

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Sac State Secular Student Alliance for Ask an Atheist Day

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Victor Harris

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Victor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene since 1999, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003.Victor would enjoy coming to your campus to use his poetry to explore topics like: religion, science, skepticism, and more!

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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 Guide

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Our 84-page Group Running Guide to help students and groups learn how to more effectively start and run secular groups on their campus.

The Guide covers everything from getting started with a new group to planning events, advertising, and leadership transitions - just to name a few sections! If your group doesn't have a copy of the Group Running Guide, we strongly encourage you to request one.

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This Week: Conference Service Opportunity, Officer Training, Affiliation Renewals

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Conference Service Opportunity

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When you register for SSA Con, you'll have the option to sign up for our conference blood drive. It takes place on Friday before the conference begins.

We are looking for blood donors and volunteers to help run the blood drive. If you're interested, be sure to make the appropriate travel arrangements so you arrive early to the conference.

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Officer Training

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College and high school groups have a high leadership turnover rate. You can use this to your advantage by learning how to effectively train leaders, and delegate tasks to ensure the long term success of your group.

An annual officer training not only provides a way to get all of the important information to new officers, but also instills a sense of importance to the position, and a sense of community among the officers.

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Affiliation Renewals

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Spring Affiliation Renewal season is here! Every affiliate group must renew by April 27th  - seriously! Even if your group has died, submit the form to let us know what happened.

If we don't hear back from you, not only will you lose your SSA affiliation and all the awesome service that come with it, but we'll be really annoyed because we've been spending a lot of time trying to reach you. 

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Secular Student Alliance at Frostburg State University

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Evan Clark

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Evan Clark is the Vice Chair of the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors and founder of the Humanist Community of Ventura County. He also is the founder of Spectrum Experience LLC, a brand consulting firm that helps socially conscious organizations, communities, and campaigns succeed.

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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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Branded Affiliate Program

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Becoming a branded affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance helps your group grow, helps the Secular Student Alliance national offices grow, and helps the entire secular movement.

If you're thinking of rebranding your group as SSA, but aren't sure how to go about it, please let us know! Many groups have successfully rebranded on campus, and we can help you do the same.

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