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Keep 2017 from being like 2016 :: This Week

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Tabling supplies are critical to tabling! They make your table look more professional, give prospective members something to read and take home, and will be usable for any event you organize. If you’re an SSA Chapter, you can order as much as you want whenever you want. If you’re still an SSA Affiliate, you’ve only got one supply request per semester, so make sure you get everything you need in that one order. Order your tabling supplies today!
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Countless local governments and schools use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service as their primary day of service. Take advantage of the opportunity to use this coming January 16 to create the better world Dr. King dreamed of. Because it is the most celebrated service day of the year, opportunities to participate should abound in your community. If nothing seems to be planned, don’t just sleep in! Use our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Guide to plan an event for your group!
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If there’s one page of our website you should have bookmarked, it’s our Group Running Library. If you have a question about your group or a resource, or need to learn a how-to, this is the page for you. It’s an amalgamation of all our knowledge from multiple years and multiple groups about what to do and how to do it. Find the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had on our Group Running Library!
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University of Michigan Secular Student Alliance!

"The SSA first brought Chris to our attention, so we owe them this event in the first place. Nick Stancato, our campus organizer, was very helpful in aiding us with planning and helping to secure funding for travel costs."

Loren Heubert-Aubry, Vice President

UM SSA brought in Chris Johnson to talk about his project exposing people to the ways atheists find meaning in life, and in each other. Chris was charming and intelligent the whole way through, and provided a fresh take on atheism. Rather than focusing on what atheists don't believe in, he looked at what they do, and that made a huge difference. Members and audience alike seemed to enjoy the talk, and participated readily in the Q&A. Chris was extremely patient and understanding throughout the experience, even in light of some minor technical difficulties.

HO HO HO MERRY SOLSTICE! :: This Week

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Axial tilt is the reason for the season, and that means something is coming up: Winter Solstice. While the real one is on December 21 this year, you can still celebrate it early with your group before winter break. Find out about various secular holiday traditions with our Secular Solstice Event Guide!
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On Wednesday, December 30, your campus organizers, Gordon and Pete, will be doing a Facebook Live to go over your questions about group running. Can’t catch it at 1:00 pm EST? Email your questions ahead of time at organizer@secularstudents.org and you can watch us answer them later!
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Are these questions keeping you up at night about next semester: Do you know what your group will be doing? When is Darwin Day? When is Ask an Atheist Day? When is the next Affiliation Renewal? To find out, use our Academic Year Planning Calendar to plan your Spring Semester!
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It's Next Week :: This Week

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Announcing the Secular Student Alliance’s first Facebook Live event! On Wednesday, November 30 at 1:00 pm EST, Campus Organizers Gordon Maples and Pete Zupan will be on to answer YOUR questions about running a group.

Don’t miss out! Go like our Facebook page so you can ask your questions live to our experienced staff!

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The Elephant in the Room :: This Week

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We all know what happened this November 8, and have all seen reactions to it. In light of that, Jonathan Hay, founder of the SSA at Texas State University, shared this letter to his old group and us. We share it with you in its entirety, as it reflects the feelings and values we at SSA National have as we move forward into a contentious period of American history:

In early 2011, during my first semester at Texas State, I walked from a class at ELA to Supple. Along the way, I passed tables for several religion-based student orgs. I remember thinking, "There should be a group for me", and got to work. I reached out to SSA, found supportive faculty, and, with faculty assistance, started a campaign to find members. Within a few weeks, we found the necessary members to make the student organization official. The day classes let out for Spring Break, we held our first official meeting.

The first few semesters weren't easy. We lost as many members as we gained, and growth stalled. One student emailed me to explain why she could not support the group. It was over the messaging, and the fact that we came across as too aggressive. I, being new to student orgs, and frankly the secular movement as a whole, didn't understand right away. I was angry and confrontational, and that's the tone I set for the group.

Reflecting on last night's election, I feel angry again. I assume many of you do as well. With that, I'd like to share what happened next and offer you some lessons I took from those early years.

The group was shrinking, so we got to work. We reached out to our fellow student organizations, and built a network. We didn't agree with everything, but we agreed on one key principle: people need support, they need to belong, and they want understanding. We shared members, and our group grew tremendously. You have all of those things, and you should share them.

Do what we did. Reach out!

Reach out to Feminists United. Reach out to Lambda. Reach out to everyone. Let them know that they have allies, and don't be afraid to ask for support as well.

I'm afraid right now. I don't know what the future will bring. I assume you're afraid too, and I can promise you other students and organizations are afraid. It's okay to be afraid, and it's okay to be angry, but please, please, please don't let that set the tone of what the group becomes, not that I think that's what you'd do.

Texas State will need progressive organizations now more than ever. I am so happy that the new leadership has stepped up and saved the group from being dismantled. I hope that the group continues to grow, and serves as a safe and welcoming environment. Mostly, I hope you find solidarity with other organizations, and their members who need support.

SSA National encourages all our groups' to work together with those that share our values, to create lasting relationships, and to build a network of ideologies that cannot break against the oncoming tide. We remind everyone of your groups Minimum Standards agreement with the SSA, and hope to see your work in creating a humanistic and inclusive community.

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No one should have to fear sexual assault on their campus. Unfortunately, it does happen, and victims are increasingly unaware of their rights or how they can push back at campus resistance to validating their claims. Know Your IX has published a 145-page document made by and for students to combat sexual assault on campus and the culture that enables it. Download the guide to find out how you can stop this national epidemic on your campus.
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You, the students, are what make the SSA great, and each year we award students who exemplify that greatness with our SSA Student Activist Scholarships. There were so many great entries, but it all had to come down to 10 winners. Find out about what the $1,000 scholarship winners did to earn their awards, and inspire yourself to get ready for 2017!
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Murray State University Secular Student Alliance!

"The kittens have helped attract a lot more people to our tabling events and have enabled us to converse with many people who may not have stopped at our table otherwise."

Stef Stephans, Vice President

Many groups table, as it is one of the most reliable ways to get new prospective members and combat the negative stigma against secular identities. Murray State SSA has upped their tabling game by adding one extra feature: their president's kittens, Tuvok and Seska! The first day tabling with the kittens, they quadrupled the total number of students that had previously subscribed to their email list! Many students stopped to pet the kittens, but stayed to engage in conversation and find out a secular community exists for them. Other groups should feel just as empowered to add that bit of creativity and cuteness in their tabling efforts, and make sure to send us pictures when you do!

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