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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: Openly Secular, Darwin Day Followup, Planning for Summer

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Openly Secular Tabling Supplies

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You can now order Openly Secular materials through our tabling supplies form!

If you're ordering for your group do so through the regular form, and if you're ordering for yourself as an individual go here

Go straight to the tabling supplies form or check out more information about Openly Secular below. 

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Tell Us About Your Darwin Day


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We hope your Darwin Day celebrations were as wonderful as you expected!

Send in photos to photos@secularstudents.org or submit a write up about your event through the Brag It Up form.

Doing so will earn your group a free book or other SSA goodies!

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Planning for the Summer


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It's important to get started now if you want to have an awesome summer. If your summer plans include going to the SSA Annual Conference, you'll want to secure funding and make travel arrangements.

If no one from your group can make it to the conference, consider some activities to keep connected over the break. 


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The Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida

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Jeremiah Camara

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In 2013 Jeremiah Camara wrote, directed, and produced a full-length documentary film entitled Contradiction: A Question of Faith, which addresses the paradox of church saturation in African American communities that far too often coexist in the midst of poverty and powerlessness.


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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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Press Release Guide

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Media coverage is an awesome thing for your group to have - it gets your name out there on campus, it can help you get new members, it can get you a bigger crowd for your event, and (if you tell us about it) it can get you some cool free stuff from the Secular Student Alliance.

But how do you get media coverage?

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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.

Send us your photos!
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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Featured Speaker

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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