Posts by Ryan Bell

SSA Chapters Across Texas Volunteer in Houston

On November 3, three SSA chapters in Texas converged on Houston for a service day project to help reconstruct houses that were damaged when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. Texas A&M University, led by Sean Shamgar, University of Texas Austin, led by EJ Sorrell, and St. John’s School, led by Lincoln Dow, came out on…

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SSA Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

We know that what happens in high schools and on university campuses today is a glimpse into what will be happening in our country in the future… and we could not be more excited! We are pleased to introduce our 2018 student scholarship recipients. Please take a moment and read the short biographies of these…

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SSA Students Mobilize Voters

Secular Student Alliance chapters in states across the country registered voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections as part of a wave of new, younger voters that erupted onto the scene this year. It’s still too early to say exactly how many young adults turned out to vote but according to CIRCLE at the Tufts University…

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Trinity University Secular Student Alliance in the Making

This article originally appeared in the Trinitonian on November 5, 2018. The TU Secular Student Alliance is being formed in Trinity University as a way to help students understand what it means to be non-religious and allows for secular students to have a presence on campus. According to junior Alex Bradley, club president, TU Secular…

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Secular Spring Break in Puerto Rico

From March 10-16, 2019, students from the Secular Student Alliance will be traveling to Puerto Rico to assist in the work of rebuilding homes. In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Irma landed in Puerto Rico with the strongest winds the island has ever seen. Not long after, Hurricane Maria’s 155 mph ferocious winds struck the island, leaving a trail of destruction…

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Interview with Raghen Lucy

The following article was originally published at Humanist Voices, by Scott Douglas Jacobsen. Raghen Lucy is a sophomore at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Growing up in Williston, North Dakota, she did not have an outlet to express her atheism and advocate for secularism until she got involved with the Secular Student Alliance in 2017. She…

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Students express themselves on Ask An Atheist Day

by Julienne De Guzman A few weeks ago dozens of SSA chapters participated in Ask An Atheist Day on their campuses. From the University of Alaska Fairbanks to Penn State University to the University of Puerto Rico and all the states in between students engaging in conversations with believers and non-believers alike. Most set up…

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Finding Peace in Knowledge: My Journey to Secularism

Re-posted from the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry at University of Wisconsin-Madison Gwen Salm is the Vice-President of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics, the SSA chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The following first person account of her journey to secularism appeared on the UW-Madison website on September 24, 2018. I grew up in Fond du…

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From protesting abortion clinics to protesting hate preachers

Ayden Paulson grew up as a Baptist in a very religious household.  From the ages of 9 to 12 his Dad took him and his brothers to “street witness,” or proselytize, with him. Ayden would be taken to protest abortion clinics every Saturday and believed he was spreading God’s message. But the more he went…

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Rogers State University students serve the homeless

Rogers State University (RSU) has just officially recognized one of the newest Secular Student Alliance chapters, led by Jennifer Stemmer. Jennifer and one of her group members, Bri Petree, recently partnered with the Atheist Community of Tulsa (ACT) to volunteer at The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. “I was not expecting to have as…

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