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Mission, Vision, and Core Values


Mission & Vision

The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism.

We envision a future in which secular students lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, thrive as valued members of society, and provide visionary leadership committed to humanist ideals and critical inquiry.

Core Values

Civic Engagement

We empower secular students to change the world through advocacy, service, and education on their campuses and in broader society. We are action-oriented and committed to demonstrating our values through tangible efforts.


We foster safe, welcoming, and supportive spaces for secular students both on campuses and in the larger secular movement. Strong communities form the foundation upon which we aspire to build lasting change.


We multiply our ability to effect positive change by working with individuals and entities who share our values, including interfaith allies.

Critical Inquiry

We promote skepticism, innovative thinking, and the questioning of all personal and cultural beliefs using the tools of evidence and reason. We aim to model self-reflection in understanding and taking responsibility for our own biases, strengths, and weaknesses.

Humanist Ideals

We embrace human and civil rights, social justice, and other ideals informed by the philosophy of humanism. We encourage all secular students to go beyond theological questions when enacting change and developing comprehensive worldviews to guide their lives.


We take steps to include a diversity of students who share our core values, reaching out and offering opportunities to those historically marginalized or underrepresented within the secular movement.

Strategic Priorities

Priority 1: Spread secular values and normalize secular identity through the activism of high school and college students as individuals, groups, and coalitions.

Priority 2: Increase sustainable and lifelong activism as measured by Community, Advocacy, Service, and Education, while recognizing that activists and groups change over time.

Priority 3: Focus, maintain, and improve the organizational capacity and reputation of the Secular Student Alliance through infrastructure-building, professionalization, and evaluating programs for mission alignment.

Priority 4: At all levels of the Secular Student Alliance, institutionalize inclusivity and diversity in areas such as gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, and socioeconomic status.

Priority 5: Utilize the experience and opportunities of intersecting causes, such as social justice, interfaith, and STEM, in realizing the other priorities.

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