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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: 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!

 

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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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This Week: Ask an Atheist Day, Apply to Speak at SSA Con, Scholarships

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National 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.
 

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2015 Internships

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The Secular Student Alliance seeks two full-time paid summer interns for work in the areas of writing, graphic design, and resource development.  

Internships are ten weeks long with flexible start dates, based in our office in Columbus, Ohio. The deadline for application is April 12, 2015.

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Apply to Speak at SSA Con

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The SSA Annual Conference is an event built for, and designed around, secular student activists and student groups. 

Student activists may apply to speak at SSA Con to share their ideas, successes, and even failures so that other students may take these lessons and ideas and learn from them.

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Lake Superior State University SSA celebrating Darwin Day!

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Heina Dadabhoy

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Heina spent her childhood as a practicing Muslim who never in her right mind would have believed that she would grow up to be an atheist. Topics Include: Islam, feminism, gender issues race, deconversion, intersectionality issues, and diversity.

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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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The Secular Student Alliance publishes 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! 

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This Week: Conference Funding, Student Membership, and Free Movies

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Leadership Travel Aid

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We understand that students aren't exactly rolling in extra cash. So, we offer Leadership Travel Aid to help get you to our Annual Conference. 

You can apply for aid as an individual or as a group. Applications are due in May. Please let us know if you have any questions!

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Student Membership

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Becoming a member of SSA is totally free for students! You can sign up as an individual, or sign up members of your whole group at once. 

Being a Student Member of SSA makes you eligible for project grants, voting rights and eligibility to run for our Board of Directors, plus many other benefits. 

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Contradiction Movie

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Contradiction is a movie by Jeremiah Camara that seeks to shine a light on the relationship between churches and issues that Black neighborhoods face nationwide.

This movie is available to check out through SSA, complete with public screening rights. 

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Sacramento State SSA with their Darwin Day table!

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Jen Hancock

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Jennifer is unique in that she is one of the few people in America who was actually raised according to Humanist principles and she is a third generation Humanist on both sides of her family. Her upbringing gives her a distinctive approach to the promotion of Humanism.

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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 involves naming your group after the Secular Student Alliance, and using the Secular Student Alliance logo to represent your group.

It is our goal that more groups using the same name will increase visibility and recognition of secular student groups across the country. It helps people to recognize our organization locally and nationally, connects your group to an existing network including many other student groups, and creates momentum for the freethought movement at large.

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