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This Week: Women's History Month, Conference Planning, and How to Set Goals

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Women's History Month

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March is women's history month. You can read more about it from the National Women's History Project

Consider hosting a speaker, having a discussion meeting, or watching a documentary about women's history. Learn about reaching out to women on campus at the link below. 

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How to Fundraise for SSA Con

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The Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference helps leaders from all over the country learn the skills needed to operate a successful group. 

We want as many students as possible to benefit from the conference, so we have a financial guide to help you get there.



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How to Set Goals

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Setting goals is possibly one of the most important activities that your group’s leaders should be engaged in.

Goals bring focus to a student group, direct your group’s energy, can resolve potential conflict between leaders, and can make your group’s activities much more engaging and exciting.

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The Atheists, Agnostics, & Freethinkers at Oklahoma City Community College

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Mandisa Thomas

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Mandisa Thomas, a native of New York City, is a founder and current President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Although never formally indoctrinated into belief, Mandisa was heavily exposed to Christianity, Black Nationalism and a bit of Islam.

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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!


Meet the Campus Organizing Team
Ever wonder who the people are who exist to help your SSA affiliate group succeed? Meet the CO Team!

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Discussion Topics

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Having a discussion meeting, but not sure what to talk about?  It's important to switch up topics to appeal to a wide audience.

Try our list of discussion topics - and send yours in to be added to the list!

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This Week: Day of Solidarity, Finding New Leaders, and Friday the 13th

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National Day of Solidarity
for Black Nonbelievers

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February 22nd is the National Day of Solidarity for Black Nonbelievers. The percentage of black non-believers in the U.S. is small but increasing.

This is a day to come together and understand the issues that black atheists face.

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Finding New Leaders

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Identifying leaders is key to maintaining a group’s existence. You will graduate eventually, and the group will have to move on without you (sad but true).

It can be difficult to find new leaders, so check out this new resource to guide you.

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Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th is coming up! Some SSA affiliate groups host a Superstition Bash on Friday the 13th to promote critical thinking and have fun. 

Interested? The Superstition Bash activity packet will give you some ideas. Remember to take pictures and submit a Brag It Up to win a book for your group.

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The SSA at the University of Central Florida at their first meeting of the spring semester!

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Kelley Freeman

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Kelley is passionate about fiber arts, feminism, intersectionality, and community building. Kelley is also happy to lead workshops on leadership transitions, social and traditional media, and how to make your meetings more effective and fun!

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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!


Meet the Campus Organizing Team
Ever wonder who the people are who exist to help your SSA affiliate group succeed? Meet the CO Team!

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Funding Finder

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Have a project in mind, but aren't sure how you can pay for it? Whether you want to bring a speaker, host a large event, or buy equipment, SSA can help!

We offer several types of funding and grants. Use this Funding Finder to make sure you're filling out the correct application for your needs.

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This Week: SSA Con Speaker Applications, Darwin Day, Black History Month

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Apply to Speak at the SSA Annual Conferece

Speaking at SSA Con can be a fun, educational, and unique experience. Check out these 5 Reasons Why You Should Apply to Speak at SSA Con. You can also go here to look over the topics we'd like to have covered.

If you want to apply, go here to fill out the application. 

We are happy to work with you on any questions or concerns about applying to be an SSA Con speaker. Just email us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

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Submit Your Darwin Day Plans

Do you have Darwin Day plans? There's still time to order tabling supplies.

Tell us what you're doing for Darwin Day by emailing organizer@secularstudents.org. You can also add your event details to the International Darwin Day website. 

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and there are a variety of ways for your group to participate. Most notably, the National Day of Solidarity for Black Nonbelivers falls on Febraury 22nd. We have some ideas here for how you can participate. Please let us know what you do to participate, you can even submit a Brag It Up form!

Group Photo of the Week

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Members from Eastern Illinois Unviersity Secular Student Alliance at Skepticon.

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No longer a leader of a group?
Let us know!
Brag It Up!

Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done and get free stuff!


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How to Write a Press Release

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Sikivu Hutchinson

Sikivu has written extensively on the politics of atheism and secular humanism and its implications for African Americans. For black atheists, actively breaking with religious tradition is an even graver rejection than that of white intellectuals galvanized by the work of Hitchens or Dawkins. This is partly due to the fact that the history of African American civil and human rights resistance is heavily steeped in Judeo-Christian religious dogma. Sikivu's work explores the tensions that exist in African American culture around living a moral life beyond the boundaries of organized religion. 
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This Week: SSA 2015 Annual Conference, SSA Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors, Code of Conduct Resource

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SSA 2015 Annual Conference

Our 2015 Annual Conference is officially announced! The location will remain at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The conference will be held July 10th-12th! Registration is not yet opened but you can still sign up for Leadership Travel Aid (LTA) and please sign up to be student speaker!

We will not be having an additional location for the conference this year, but we've added more LTA to help students get to Columbus to accommodate this. Be sure to ask for LTA early, the earlier you ask, the more likely it is to get funding!

Registration will open sometime in February so keep an eye out for that. Until then, visit our 2015 Annual Conference page and get engaged!

SSA Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors

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. The Secular Student Alliance is a student focused organization and always encourages students to join our board.

Information on the nomination process, details on eligibility and what a position on the Board of Directors entails can be found on our website. If you are interested fill out a form to be considered for nomination, the form must be filled by January 30th 2015 5PM Eastern.

Code of Conduct Resource

A code of conduct openly discloses how your SSA affiliate group operates, and gives guidelines for behavior. By having an official code of conduct, you will be empowered to ask people to refrain from harmful behaviors, and remove them from the group if the behaviors continue. It is very difficult to rebuild membership if people stop attending meetings because of a problematic member. A milder version of this resource is a “That Guy”.

Once you have agreed upon a code of conduct, be sure all members see it. Post it online, print it to pass out at meetings, save it in Google Drive or another online storage system. And stick to it! Your code of conduct won’t be taken seriously if you don’t stay consistent.

Visit our Code of Conduct resource to work off an example of a sample Code of Conduct.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Northern Illinois University Secular Student Alliance with Eboo Patel President of Interfaith Youth Core.

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Join the It's On US campaign! The campaign is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of sexual assualt and violence on college campuses. More information can be found on our website and the It's On Us site.
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Robert L. Reece

Robert Reece is a PhD student in sociology at Duke University where he takes an intersectional critical race approach to research on the American South, black popular culture, gender/sex/sexuality, and digital technology. He is a part of Still Furious and Brave, a blogging collective of scholar-activists that focuses on issues that rest at the intersections of race, region, and feminism, and founder of Magnolia Fresh, a fashion blog that seeks to cater to black men in the South.
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