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The Secular Student Alliance Regional Program


The Regional Program To keep the national Secular Student Alliance organization effective for individual student groups, it has been necessary to specify the organization into smaller, manageable units. The Regional Program offers a simple way for the Secular Student Alliance to do this by blocking off the country into groups of states, which allows us to provide more hands on support for our affiliate groups via regional staffers and volunteers.


How Does the Program Impact You? The Regional Programcan provides your group with more on the ground support from the SSA, and opens up your group to new opportunities such as speaker tours, regional conferences, and leadership retreats. It can also save your group money when you co-host events with other student groups in the area! Even if there are no other student groups in your immediate area, regionalization will still positively affect you! The rest of the non-regional SSA staff have more time available to work with your group, due to the division of labor offered by the Regional Campus Organizers.


The Team: There are three positions that make up the crux of the SSA regional program: Volunteer Network Coordinators, Regional Campus Organizers, and the Regional Program Manager. The Regional Campus Organizers are SSA paid staffers who take on the responsibilities of the Campus Organizing Department for a designated region, and provide hands-on official support to SSA groups in the area. Volunteer Network Coordinators are volunteers who promote cooperation between student groups in close proximity, and keep groups in touch with the latest services and opportunities available to SSA affiliates via the operation of a Regional Network. The Regional Program Manager manages all of the RCOs and VNCs, and is in charge of the program as a whole. Check out the full SSA Regional Program team!

Currently Staffed Regions


Southeast (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)

Organizer: Cara Zelaya

South Central Region Logo

South Central (TX, OK, AR)

Organizer: Gordon Maples


Southwest (CA, NV, AZ)

Organizer: Dan Pemberton

SSA Mideast

Mideast (IL, IN, MI, OH, KY)

Organizer: Jessika Griffin

A list of all of the current Staffed Regions and active networks is available here.

Do you have questions about regionalization? Curious how you can help? Contact Gordon Maples (gordon.maplesATsecularstudents.org)


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