Secular Student Alliance
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kelley Freeman (614)441-9588 x101
Secular Student Alliance Appoints New Position to Focus on Individual Secular Activists
COLUMBUS, OH - The Secular Student Alliance announced today that Pete Zupan of Boulder, Colorado has joined the organization as their new Student Program Specialist, a position to further develop individual programs and activism. The position will also focus on strengthening existing normalization programs such as the Secular Safe Zone and Openly Secular as well.
"We're very excited about hiring a Student Program Specialist," says Lyz Liddell, Director of Campus Organizing, "It's going to give us a much stronger ability to improve our services for our individual members, as well as our alumni. We are committed to supporting secular students all over the country, regardless of their involvement in an affiliate group."
Zupan’s work will primarily focus on individual students, rather than affiliate groups. He will be the primary facilitator for the Secular Safe Zone, a program that trains Allies and Facilitators to create safe spaces for non-theists and encourage acceptance, understanding, and tolerance. Allies are also trained to recognize and respond to issues of discrimination, harassment, and bullying that non-theists may come up against. He will also be working on expanding and improving the Secular Student Alliance’s alumni program.
“Too many secular students have to live in fear of ostracization from their families, peers, and teachers for being who they are,” says Zupan, “It is my hope to alleviate some of that fear by providing students with safe spaces to be themselves and the opportunity to express their beliefs without repercussions.”
Before his hire by the Secular Student Alliance, Zupan was an intern with the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and was Vice-President of the University of Colorado-Boulder Secular Student Alliance affiliate, the Secular Students and Skeptics Society. He was also a long-time volunteer of the Secular Student Alliance.