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Past Awards for Outstanding Activism

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Groups or students who have received the Award for Outstanding Activism in the 2015-2016 academic year:

Secular Student Alliance at Morehead State University
For holding a very successful Ask an Atheist panel in their university lobby, and being covered by a local radio station as well as the Trail Blazer, their campus newspaper.

La Verne Secular Student Alliance
For participating in, and building bridges through, Better Together Day and Ask an Atheist Day on on their campus by holding an Ask an Atheist booth alongside an Ask a Muslim booth, as well as Baha'i, Christian, Mormon, and Buddhist booths.

Amanda Scott
Amanda Scott, and the non-profit that she founded called Mobile Equality, successfully lobbied against Alabama HB 56, the Alabama Freedom of Religion in Marriage Protection Act. This bill would have allowed state probate judges to refuse solemnizing marriages if they had a personal religious objection, and could potentially have harmed same-sex, interracial, and interfaith marriages. Amanda was able to increase the outreach of the LGBT advocacy non-profit she founded, Mobile Equality, by applying for an SSA Project Grant.

Secular Student Alliance at Jacksonville State University
For holding a creative event called a Free-Speechathon on their campus' quad. They successfully invited several other organizations and individuals to come and speak about topics that they are passionate about and were even covered in their campus newspaper.

Secular Student Alliance at Florida State University
For hosting the first annual Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference, coordinating great speakers and content, and for working to foster connections and networking between SSA groups in Florida and nearby states.

Baylor Secular Student Alliance
Even though the Baylor SSA is not officially recognized or supported by their campus, they thrive in this less-than-tolerant environment. They have hosted a series of speakers including Matt Dillahunty, Russell Glasser, and local professor Dr. Kearney. They also work with the Waco Humanist Society to engage the greater community, among many other great activities.

Secular Student Alliance at University of Texas-San Antonio
For a year of fantastic activities and ideas, such as hosting an interfaith panel, bringing in several great speakers, running voter registration drives, volunteering at the Pets Alive animal shelter regularly, building ramps for those in need with The Texas Ramp Project, and running fundraisers.

Secular Alliance at Lakeridge High School
For volunteering with their local Oregon Food Bank to help sort food for needy members of the community.

Secular Student Alliance at Jacksonville State University
For holding a toy drive to benefit the Jacksonville Regional Medical Center. As a result of their donations, the RMC will open a toy closet so that other organizations can also donate toys for children that celebrate a holiday or their birthday in a hospital bed.

Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at UW Madison
For holding a creative "Blasphemy Bake Sale" in order to raise money for the Women's Medical Fund.
Read more about it here.

A T Still University Secular Student Alliance
For putting on an awesome Carl Sagan Day Party that drew over 100 people to attend from their Medical and Dental School.

Freethinkers and Skeptics at Missouri State University
For joining with Generation Action to stage a counter-protest against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in their state. Read more about it here.

University of Cincinnati Secular Student Alliance
For showing their support of women's basic rights to healthcare by supporting Planned Parenthood amidst attacks from the Religious Right.  Read more about it here.

University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics
For speaking to their County Comission on the problematic existence of an ichthus symbol on a monument, on public land, outside the Boone County Courthouse. Read more about it here.


Photo courtesy of the Columbia Daily Tribune


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

Secular Student Alliance of University of Nevada Reno
For delivering the first secular invocation at the Sparks City Hall and
representing secular Nevadans in front of their local politicians.
Read more about it here.

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

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

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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

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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.


Below are the affiliates who have received the Award for Outstanding Activism in the 2013-2014 academic year:

Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Missouri
For running a fun and creative event that involved handing out eggs on Easter with
candy and condoms inside to promote STD awareness month.
Secular Student Alliance of University of Nevada Reno
For running a service project which collected a total of 192 garments, which went to benefit the families of, and people with, cerebral palsy and other disabilities, in association with United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada.
Secular Legal Society at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
For participating in their law school's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) this spring. Students volunteer to help prepare taxes for hundreds of local people who might not otherwise be able to afford any assistance on their tax preparation. Read more here.
Illini Secular Student Alliance
For raising over $1,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the semester with several events, including a week long Hug-an-Atheist tabling event, a rock show, and a Light the Night walk around the quad. Find out more here.
SBU Freethinkers
For putting on a fun Pastafarian event a and playing a game called 'Prophet or Madman' that was very well attended.
Secular Student Alliance at Hawaii Pacific University
For resurrecting their group and working with Hawaii's vibrant Filipino community a very successful fundraising event for the victims of the recent Haiyan Typhoon.
Secular Student Alliance of Ferris State University
For a fantastically attended debate on the existence of god at their small, conservative campus.
University of Michigan-Flint Students for Free-thought
For creating a scholarship at their school in their group's founder's name and raising money to support it.
Murray State Free-Thinkers Society and
Student Organization for Reason and Science
For bringing Jerry Coyne, the nationally acclaimed geneticist and evolutionary biologist, to their university to talk about evolution and the conflict between science and faith. This was an effot to educate their campus and community on evolution, which is wildly upopular in the area.
Northern Illinois University Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers
Held a very succesful bake sale and raised money for a local women and families shelter.
Loyola University Chicago Secular Student Alliance
For putting on a well attended debate and donating the proceeds to a local food bank for disaster relief.
Secular Student Alliance at West Virginia University
For hosting the first ever campus-wide Secular Safe Zone training session.



Below are the affiliates who have received the Award for Outstanding Activism in the 2012-2013 academic year:

West Texas A&M Secular Student Alliance
Click here to read more about their great counter-protest to a vitrolic campus preacher.

Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at Louisiana State University

Click here to read more about their rally, Reason on the Bayou

Secular Student Alliance at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Click here to read more about the 2013 SSA Annual Conference West, hosted by UNLV on their campus.

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