So, What Is SSA Con?
Every year at the SSA Annual Conference, hundreds of secular students and community leaders gather to share ideas and learn from each other. Unlike many conferences in the secular movement, SSA Con’s primary goal is to train student leaders and activists from across the United States in grassroots organizing and leadership skills. There are several key ways we make this possible.
- Many of the talks at our Annual Conference are 20 minutes long, and are intended to begin a conversation with attendees and speakers. Additionally, we also offer hands-on workshops and panels as well. Our speakers are available throughout the conference to network and chat with attendees!
- Many of our talks and workshops focus on effective activism and group running skills, ensuring attendees have usable knowledge to take back to their campuses!
- Throughout the weekend, students have the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and form lasting relationships with other student activists, SSA staff, and movement leaders from across the US!
- Many of our speakers are students themselves, presenting the ideas and skills they have found useful in their activism and group running experience!
Our conference is designed to be applicable to both SSA affiliate group leaders and members as well as to other activists. Additionally, we welcome anyone who wants to learn about effective group running, such as those from off-campus groups or other organizations.
Why Should I Attend?
Are you a leader or a member of an SSA affiliated student group?
SSA Con has numerous talks directed towards you! You can hear and interact with current and former student leaders on what works and doesn't work in their experience when it comes to tabling, advertising, fundraising, and many other things that will help your group be better than ever! Don’t forget about the opportunity to network and exchange best practices in one-on-one opportunities.
Are you a secular activist?
We have plenty of topics that will help you become a better activist! Plus, SSA Con gives you an opportunity to network with hundreds of other secular students, as well as SSA staff and movement leaders, in order to build a secular society!
Are you a non-student?
Many of the skills and ideas presented at SSA Con are applicable off-campus: everything from leadership transitions, grassroots organizing, and the valuable networking opportunities. Plus, this is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to students and student groups and build a broader, stronger local community!
Want a preview of what to expect?
Are you curious what types of speakers and content that we have had at past events? Check out our Youtube channel for a large cross-section of them! You can also check out some thoughts from other secular students on why they find the event so fun and useful!
Read about our past conferences and events!