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Tomorrow: SSA Con 2017


Tomorrow is the start of SSA Con 2017, and it’s going to be awesome!

We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some of our speakers and panelists.

First, let me introduce you to Sean Omar Rivera, an activist extraordinaire. Not only is he the president of the Secular Student Alliance - he’s also a board member of the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas, and an activist with Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood. In his role as SSA president, he has focused on amplifying the organization’s visibility on a campus with a history of aggressive street preaching aimed at religious minorities and the LGBT community. At the Con he’s on our Racial Justice panel, which is sure to be a conference highlight!

Next is Kayla Bowen, an SSA activist and board member. Kayla will be a speaker on our Reproductive Justice panel and on the Social Media panel. She works as a human factors undergraduate research fellow and founded MSU’s SSA as a first semester freshman. We asked her about the issues her secular values motivate her to tackle: “We’re very much concerned with feminism, and the problems that reproductive justice and women’s rights are facing right now.”

Rev. J. Cody Nielsen is helping build Convergence, a new organization and offshoot of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Convergence’s mission is to help better support a campus climate that supports all religious, secular, and spiritual identities. For decades, whether explicitly or de facto, most campuses in the United States and Canada have allowed Christian privilege to dominate the landscape. At SSA Con, Cody is presenting “Under the Religious Umbrella?: Legal Changes and New Opportunities for Support in Higher Education.”

Finally, there is Monica Massamba, who’s leading the Planned Parenthood session. Monica is helping PP expand their Generation Action program to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We asked Monica why it's so important that secular values and the right to choose are represented at HBCU’s: "It's important that we build leadership in these communities and that they are sitting at these decision-making tables...."

This is just a small sample of what’s in store!

So if you’re attending the Con, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow! If you’ve not registered, well… online registration has closed, but if you decide to just show up anyways, you can always buy a ticket at the door!

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