Resources for Advisors
Most college and high school campuses require student groups to have a faculty or staff advisor. While the name may vary (advisor, sponsor, etc.), the function is the same. An individual in a staff or faculty role at the institution who is responsible for some level of oversight for the group.
Advisors have an opportunity to be a crucial factor in the success of an SSA affiliate group. Our goal is to provide the best possible support and resources for affiliate group advisors because of just how important you are to the functionality and survival of the group.
Advising an SSA affiliate group can be quite different from advising other student groups. Our goal is to help our advisors understand these challenges, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome them, work with secular students, and allow a secular community to thrive on campus.
We recognize that advisors come from a wide range of backgrounds, worldviews, and capacity. Some advisors are heavily involved in the groups they advise, while others are only interested in or capable of minimal participation. Understanding this, we support advisors at all these varying levels based upon their individual situations.
If you would like to contact us, please do! We are here to support you as well as the groups and students that you help us support.
SSA Advisor Resources and Services
- This Month: Advisors
A montly email containing news, opportunities, and resources for advisors of SSA affiliate groups. If you are listed as a group's advisor, you are signed up for this automatically. If you don't get it but would like to, let us know!
- Advisor Group Running Library
A listing of useful and successful ideas, tips, and tricks that we have prepared for use by group advisors.
- SSA Annual Conference
The SSA Annual Conference is a fantastic opportunity for advisors just as much as it is for students. You'll have the opportunity to network with speakers, movement leaders, SSA staff, student leaders and activists, and other group advisors from across the nation. Its a great way to exchange ideas, learn, and help your campus group, and its leaders, to succeed. Oh and by the way, we offer discounted Conference registration for all group advisors!
- Studies and Polls
To you need help in justifying the need for your group's existence on campus to your administration? We have some particularly relevant studies and poll numbers available for you to use.
- Interfaith Resources
Participating in interfaith programs or initiatives on campus can be a great way to get the group more visibility and support.
- Inclusivity Resources
Many SSA affiliate groups are often excited about having a more diverse membership, but sometimes struggle with how to reach outside of their existing demographics. We have put together some resources to help out with that, and we are always expanding what we offer!
Other Ways to Support Students
- Support the Secular Student Alliance
Help us support secular students and groups as they continue to participate in awesome activism, fantastic community building, creative service projects, and education of their campuses and communities. Become a member of the SSA today!
- Secular Safe Zone
Consider becoming a SSZ ally on your campus. Allies have the potential to make a huge difference in a young person’s life. Secular Safe Zone Allies work with young people through one of the most difficult problems they'll ever face during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Being an ally is an enormous responsibility with great potential to make a difference.
- Openly Secular
The mission of Openly Secular is to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people - including atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people - to be open about their beliefs.
- Educator Resources
In addition to being a group advisor, you might also work with secular students who are not necessarily part of the SSA affiliate group on campus. If that is the case, we have more resources for you here.
One of our best resources to find out what works and what doesn't is you! If you, or your group, has employed a strategy that worked well, let us know about it so other groups can also use that idea. If you've learned a lesson of caution about something we suggest, point out the pitfalls. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!