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Secular Student Movement Update 2/26/2015

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Every week, the SSA prepares a summary of what the secular student movement is doing. To hear this update and news from the secular movement, tune into the SCA's National Secular Movement Update every Thursday at 12PM ET.

Presented by Kelley Freeman, Communications Associate at the Secular Student Alliance

Last year at Sacramento City College, a group of students from the Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento City College, Sac City Feminists and the Sac City Queer/Straight Alliance decided that they needed to raise an official Campus Issue with administration regarding the need for gender neutral restrooms on campus. They asked that all single stall restrooms be converted to gender neutral and that all new buildings include them as well. This cause came up as a direct result of the Sex-Positive Week of events the clubs produced on campus in February of 2014. Last week, SCC President Kathryn Jeffery signed a letter last week directing the Campus Development Committee and Facilities Office to do exactly that. We are very proud of the efforts of the SSA at Sac City College and friends to create a more welcoming, inclusive environment on their campus!

ACPA—College Student Educators International's conference—is next weekend, March 5th-8th, in Tampa, Florida. Lyz Liddell, Director of Campus Organizing will be attending and we will be running two presentations. There will be a Secular Safe Zone Facilitator training and a workshop on religious privilege. 

We are also exceptionally proud of our affiliate group at the University of Montevallo in Alabama! This past week, the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Montevallo organized protests in response to Shelby County's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. They received press coverage from several local and state-wide news outlets. 

That's all for this week! For more information, questions, comments or additions to student-led efforts in the secular movement, contact [email protected].

Secular Student Movement Update 2/19/2015

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Every week, the SSA prepares a summary of what the secular student movement is doing. To hear this update and news from the secular movement, tune into the SCA's National Secular Movement Update every Thursday at 12PM ET.

Presented by Kelley Freeman, Communications Associate at the Secular Student Alliance

Last Thursday was Darwin Day! About 100 of our affiliate groups participated in the international event, with wkuawesome events such as conferences, colloquiums, birthday parties, and more! To see a recap of the awesomeness, check out secularstudents.org/darwinday/2015 for photos, stories, and more.

The Secular Student Alliance is working with the Interfaith Youth Core to put on a webinar about engaging non-religious students in interfaith initiatives March 17th at 1:00 pm EST. How are Atheist, Agnostic, Secular Humanist, and “spiritual but not religious” students finding community on campus? How is this demographic engaged in matters of value and worldview orientation? In what ways can staff and faculty allies be hospitable and welcoming to these students, particularly around inclusive language and shared activities? Join this conversation, led by staff members from the Secular Student Alliance and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), to engage in these core ideas. This event is also sponsored by the NASPA Spirituality & Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community and the ACPA Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Meaning. For more information, and to register for this webinar, check out ifyc.org/webinars

This Sunday, February 22nd, is National Day of Solidarity for Black Nonbelievers, which we are promoting to our affiliates. We have copies of the film Contradiction (a film on black atheism and churches) available for our affiliates (with screening rights) - for Black History Month!

That's all for this week! For more information, questions, comments or additions to student-led efforts in the secular movement, contact [email protected].

Secular Student Movement Update 2/12/2015

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Every week, the SSA prepares a summary of what the secular student movement is doing. To hear this update and news from the secular movement, tune into the SCA's National Secular Movement Update every Thursday at 12PM ET.

Presented by Kelley Freeman, Communications Associate at the Secular Student Alliance

Today is Darwin Day! This is one of the biggest events throughout the country for our affiliate groups, and we are seeing such events as tabling, speakers, birthday parties, and creationist bingo! Over 50 groups ordered packets of supplies for Darwin Day, and we'll hopefully have a recap with photos of events next week! 

Information about our annual conference is up on our website! This year's Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference will be in Columbus, Ohio July 10-12th! We are currently accepting applications for student speakers as well as leadership travel aid. There is also a list of speakers we have thus far, which includes representatives from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Think Progress, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Information about our awesome annual conference so you can be as excited as we are can be found at secularstudents.org/2015con

We have released a statement regarding the murders in Chapel Hill yesterday. Everyone at the Secular Student Alliance is appalled by the events, and we encourage students to work with each other to understand one another and make the world a better place. Our statement includes statements from students in the area as well. For the full statement, please visit secularstudents.org/statements/chapelhill.

That's all for this week! For more information, questions, comments or additions to student-led efforts in the secular movement, contact [email protected].

Secular Student Movement Update 2/5/2015

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Every week, the SSA prepares a summary of what the secular student movement is doing. To hear this update and news from the secular movement, tune into the SCA's National Secular Movement Update every Thursday at 12PM ET.

Presented by August Brunsman, Executive Director at the Secular Student Alliance

The Secular Student Alliance has extended our deadline for nominations for our Board of Directors! Applications will now be accepted until Friday, February 6 at 5:00 ET. More information can be found at secularstudents.org/nomination.

Today is the last day for our affiliate groups to order tabling supplies for Darwin Day! As of today, we have sent out over fifty packets to groups planning events for next Thursday's holiday, ranging from raffles to birthday parties to speakers to creationist bingo. It should be a fun time for everyone involved and we look forward to everything our groups are putting together. More information about Darwin Day for our students can be found at secularstudents.org/darwinday.

As we mentioned last week, the Secular Student Alliance will be tabling at Creating Change, the largest annual activism event for the LGBTQ community and its allies, in Denver, Colorado from February 5-8. If you're in the area, come say hi to Director of Campus Organizing, Lyz Liddell, and Communications Associate, Kelley Freeman. Our Southeast Regional Campus Organizer, Cara Zelaya, will also be in attendance and will be presenting alongside Greta Christina for a workshop on 'coming out atheist'.

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