National Leadership Council
The Secular Student Alliance National Leadership Council is a select group of students and recent alumni who are chosen annually based on exceptional leadership shown over the previous academic year. These students are selected by the SSA Campus Organizing team to provide insight, guidance, and support to the national Secular Student Alliance, and to act as exemplars of activism and leadership to their fellow students.
If you are a current SSA leader and want to contact the National Leadership Council for advice or support, they can be reached at NLC@secularstudents.org
2016-2017 Secular Student Alliance National Leadership Council
Mike Avi, an undergraduate student at Florida State University, is the president of Secular Student Alliance at FSU and an organizer for the Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference. He was born in a Wicca home, was later adopted by Catholics, and eventually realized his identity as an atheist and a skeptic.
Samreena Farooqui is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, where she was a founding officer of SSA at FSU. She later went on to organize the first ever Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference (S3RC) there as well. At FSU, she was also part of the executive board of The F-Word at FSU, where she organized Ladyfest 2014 and Take No More Fest 2015, which featured artists with marginalized identities with a focus on benefitting the local community. She currently serves as the Treasurer for Planned Parenthood Generation Action at FSU and as an FSU Senator. Primarily, she focuses on intersectional and nuanced social justice, particularly within a secular worldview.
|Nicole Niebler first attended school at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she was exposed to and involved in her first secular student group: the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire SSA. After a year of schooling in Eau Claire, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue her major of Dietetics and a certificate of global health. Once she was at UW-Madison, she immediately held a leadership position for Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics. Now, as President of AHA, Nicole leads the group through semesterly Freethought Speaker Series, an annual Freethought Festival, weekly meetings, and numerous social events.|
|Dan Pemberton is a member of the National Leadership Council for the Secular Student Alliance. Prior to that he served as Southwest Regional Campus Organizer and as President of the SSA at Sacramento State University. In his off time, Dan enjoys playing the latest Elder Scrolls game, watching Doctor Who, and talking in all things Star Wars.|
|Sean Omar Rivera is the current president of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a student board member of the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas. Sean began his relationship with the SSA in 2011 when he joined his Houston high school SSA. Shortly after, he became an officer and gained valuable experience in leading a Secular organization in an environment with limited freedom of speech and a high resentment of nonreligious students. After seeking out and joining the SSA at UTSA, Sean spent his free time producing posters and activity ideas for the SSA before becoming the Public Relations officer and eventual president. Sean is an enthusiastic advocate for voter participation and a participant in Students United for Planned Parenthood at UTSA.|