Start a Chapter
We know how important it is to have secular space on campus for students to gather. We commend you for taking the first step to start an SSA chapter on your campus! We are here to help you every step of the process. Your chapter can advocate for separation of church and state, build community for secular students, and advocate for scientific inquiry.
How to Start a Chapter
Set-Up Social Media
Set up a social media account and Gmail account to keep track of your groups contacts.
We recommend creating a Facebook Public Page and Group using your SSA forwarding address.
You can also create an Instagram account, Discord, or Slack to stay connected.
Start recruiting on campus, you'll need at least five members to start your club.
Make an announcement in class or online about your new club.
Reach out to the Philosophy, Science, or LGBTQ club on campus for support finding interested students.
Find an Advisor
Advisors contribute to the longevity and success of your club.
They are great at helping you navigate campus policies and resources for student clubs.
Reach out to current professors for suggestions of faculty on campus that might be interested.
Register your club on campus
Visit your student affairs office to find out the requirements to start a club. You'll likely need five members, an advisor, and a constitution.
Access our sample constitution and CASE Guide for Secularism for more information that can help!
Register Your Club with SSA
You'll need to complete a registration form and agree to our standards of affiliation each semester.
Include your Chapter Roster, your members get free memberships!
Let us know who your advisor is so we can keep them up to date!
Chapter How-To Guides
Ready to take action on campus?
Once you've got your club set up, it's time to start planning your meetings and events. Visit our Leader Hub to access all of our resources for student leaders.