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SSA Awards


The Secular Student Alliance seeks to recognize students, groups, and supporters who are particularly awesome and deserve some recognition for their success, support, and activism. This is a listing of awards that the SSA offers in order to do so.

Awards for Outstanding Activism

Award for Outstanding Activism

The Secular Student Alliance is always seeking new ways to recognize and award both individuals and SSA affiliates for doing awesome stuff at their campuses and in their communities. We offer a way for all affiliates to be recognized for great events, protests, service trips, conferences, fundraisers, and just about anything else that can be done. SSA affiliate groups may submit a description of their event at the Brag it Up! form and include pictures, video, etc that depicts the event being reported. We love hearing from all affiliates, big and small, on what they are doing - students are the most creative, fun, and awesome part of the Movement and we want to help you show off.

Brag it Up! submissions may be recognized in several ways. This includes social media attention, articles on our website, and other avenues of recognition. Outstanding submissions may be given additional recognition in the form of our Award for Outstanding Activism. Groups or individuals who win this Award are also recognized at the SSA Annual Conference.

Below are the affiliates or individual secular students who have received the Award for Outstanding Activism in the 2014-2015 academic year:

Lamar University Secular Student Alliance
For participating in their local Pride Parade to show secular support of LGBT rights, even in the pouring rain.

Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida
For holding the hugely successful flagship event for the first ever Openly Secular Day.


Tee Rogers
For her work on the institutional implementation of our Secular Safe Zone at UCF. She is the Administrative Coordinator of the Division of Administration and Finance at the University of Central Florida


Secular Student Alliance at Florida International University
For hosting a fantastic event on campus entitled "We are Avijit", to bring greater attention to the murder of the Bangladeshi blogger for his support of the ideals of free speech and the open exchange of ideas.
Find out more here.

Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento City College
For their awesome Sex+City event as well as their success in
petitioning their campus for campus-wide gender-neutral restrooms.
Read more about it here.
Students for Free-thought at UM-Flint
For participating in many fantastic intersectional events regarding
Social Justice causes, Women's Rights, service projects, and more!
Find more information here!
Secular Student Alliance of Ferris State University
For fighting for equal representation and an equal voice in their campus newspaper and
making sure that atheists and other nontheists are represented fairly and accurately
after the newspaper ran an article that attacked all atheists. Check it out here.
James Bartel
James Bartel is the vice president of Secular Student Alliance at University of Central Florida. His group and Secular Student Alliance at Valencia, with support from Central Florida Free-Thought Community, both attended their local City Hall meeting where James delivered the first secular invocation in that community since the Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court decision.
Iowa State Atheist and Agnostic Society
For working with their campus LGBTQA group and organizing a large and successful response to a hateful campus preacher. In addition to both groups gaining attention and new members, their response also made it into their campus newspaper because so many students noticed and supported the groups.
Amanda Scott
For standing up for the separation of church and state at her local county commission, even amidst death threats and endless hate mail.

Be sure to check out previous years' winners as well!

SSA Backbone Award

At each annual conference of the Secular Student Alliance, we present the SSA Backbone Award to an individual within the secular movement who is a guide and inspiration for secular students and student groups. This person has demonstrated a commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Secular Student Alliance.

SSA Ambassador Award

The Secular Student Alliance Ambassador Award is an annual award, introduced in 2015, given to a Secular Student Alliance donor (outside of our board or staff) who best serves as an ambassador for the organization. Such an ambassador repeatedly shares the story of why the SSA matters and is worthy of support with as many people as possible.

SSA Best Awards

Best Awards

From 2004-2012, the Secular Student Alliance presented awards to those affiliates that excelled in a particular area. These awards included an attractive plaque, a cash prize for the group to put toward future endeavors, and an invitation to present at our annual conference.

The Best Awards offered mirrored the Secular Student Alliance's four focus areas: Education, Service, Activism, and Community. We also offered an Affiliate of the Year award to one college group and one high school group.

Since then, we have ended this program in order to recognize the achievements of all SSA affiliate groups in a more fair and equal manner. Whether a group is at a small or large school, high school or college, community college or traditional college; all SSA affiliate groups are doing awesome things and should be recognized as doing such.

SSA Best Award Recipients:

2012 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
2011 Best Award Winners (High School Individuals, College Individuals & Groups)
2010 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
2009 Best Award Winners
(All Categories)
2008 Best Award Winners
(All Categories)
2007 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
2006 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
2005 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
2004 Best Award Winners (all Categories)

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