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.

Facebook Member Group

Join our Facebook Group where you'll meet other SSA members from across the country. Ask for advice from fellow leaders and stay updated.

Monthly Zoom Call

Attend our monthly member call to get to meet fellow secular students, hear from an interesting speaker, hear about upcoming events and more!

Discord Channel

Connect with SSA members virtually on our Discord. There are channels for leadership development, interest groups, and an LGBTQ+ Affinity Group.

How to Start a Chapter

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Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

Find Members

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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!

Step 5:

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!

Need help getting started?

Chat with an SSA National Campus Organizer for help with recruitment, planning your first meeting, and get to know more about SSA resources available to you!