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This Week: SSA West Annual Conference

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SSA West Annual Conference

The first half of our Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona was another hit! We could not have done it without the help of all the students, volunteers, speakers, and supporters who played their part in the conference! We had 133 attendees at the conference empowering secular students to become leaders in the secular movement.

Did you miss SSA West? SSA East is still available for online registration for a little more than a week. You'll need to register online to guarantee conference books, meals, airport rides, swag etc.

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Students leaders and secular activists from all across the country at our 2014 Annual Conference - SSA West! Click the picture for a larger image.

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This Week: SSA West Is This Weekend!, SSA To Hire A Regional Campus Organizer, Stay Active During the Summer

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SSA West Is This Weekend!

Are you excited to attend the largest gathering of secular students in the country? The festivities begin Friday. Check our maps and apps for more information. Hope to see you in Phoenix, AZ!

SSA To Hire A Regional Campus Organizer

We're hiring a Regional Campus Organizer to join our team! This full-time position will provide direct campus organizing assistance to SSA affiliate groups within the Southeast Region, comprised of the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.

Learn more about the position here. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply soon!

Stay Active During Summer

The summer solstice is fast approaching but luckily you don't have to waste the year's biggest and brightest days without the company of your group. Just because school is out, doesn't mean your group should go inactive until the fall. There are many ways to stay active over the summer.

Camp Quest is a great way to give back to the younger generation while also having fun doing outdoor activities. CQ is a network of camps for freethinking youth around the country. You can volunteer at CQ as a counselor or organizer. Your group can also go on a field trip. Search our activity packets for more ideas.

Dave Muscato has also written a beautiful article detailing many things your group can do to stay strong during the summer..

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President of Secular Wellesley womaning their table. Look at all the swag!

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James Sutter

James L. Sutter is the Senior Editor and Fiction Editor for Paizo Publishing, as well as a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. He’s the author of the novels Death's Heretic and The Redemption Engine, the former of which was ranked #3 on Barnes & Noble’s Best Fantasy Releases of 2011 and was a finalist for both an Origins Award and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel.
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This Week: Last Chance To Register For SSA West!, Michael Hakeem Scholarship Due Sunday, 2013-2014 Interfaith Leadership Institutes

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This Week: Last Chance To Register For SSA West!

It's your last chance to register online and guarantee conference books, backpacks, meals, airport rides, etc. for SSA West! Register before 9am on Monday, June 16th (EST).

We will also accept registration at the door the day of the conference, but that type of registration is more costly (and won't guarantee all the goodies).

Michael Hakeem Scholarship Due Sunday

The Freedom From Religion Foundation scholarship for college students under age 25 is due this Sunday. Winners receive prizes of up to $3,000. Learn more about the contest, check out previous winners, and get submission details at the FFRF website.

Remember that members of the SSA and/or Freedom From Religion Foundation at the time of submission will get a $100 bonus from our friends Dean & Dorea Schramm if they win.

2013-2014 Interfaith Leadership Institutes

The Interfaith Youth Core, one of our partners, is hosting four Interfaith Leadership Institutes over the next eight months.

Interfaith Leadership Institutes are four-day intensives that equip students and their campus allies, inclusive of staff, faculty, and administrators, to be movement builders for interfaith action. Click the links below for more info.

Chicago, IL Interfaith Leadership Institute - August 10-12, 2014

Atlanta, GA Interfaith Leadership Institute - January 30 - February 1, 2015

Los Angeles, CA Interfaith Leadership Institute
- February 14-16, 2015

Also check out IFYC's interfaith resources page. There's a lot of great stuff there for you to use, especially if you want to reach out to religious groups on campus!

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Members from Westwood High School Secular Student Alliance posing with their awesome poster.

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Justin Schieber

Justin Schieber is co-host of the Reasonable Doubts Radio Show and Podcast (Doubtcast.org) and currently serves on the advisory board for Center For Inquiry Michigan. Justin has lectured on the philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God and has participated in numerous public debates in the United States and Canada, most of which can be found online at Justinsweh.com.
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This Week: Last Day to Pre-Order Shirts for SSA West!, Student Memberships, Campus Organizers Speak at Secular Summit

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Last Chance to Pre-Order Shirts for SSA West!

Today is the last day to pre-order an SSA West shirt! This is the only chance to guarantee a shirt (in your size!) to be picked up at the conference.

To pre-order, simply note you want a shirt when you register. If you've already registered, can pre-order separately using this form. We have SSA East shirts for pre-order as well.

Student Memberships


Want sign your entire group to have Student Membership benefits? We offer a seamless process for you to sign your members up just for that! As always, Student Memberships provide members with these benefits:
  • Membership in the nation's largest network of secular students
  • Membership card and awesome SSA swag
  • Discounts to our Annual Conference (registry pricing)
  • Eligibility for Leadership Travel Aid funding
  • Access to our Affiliate and Member Store
  • Opens access to our individual student resources/services.
Remember, that memberships only last a year, so be sure to renew and sign up the new students joining your group this fall. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Student Memberships.You can still sign up for student memberships individually here.

Campus Organizers Speak at Secular Summit

Those of you lucky enough to have registered for SCA's Lobby Day this past Sunday will get the opportunity to see some familiar faces from SSA national during the event. Lyz Liddell, Andy Cheadle-Ford and Dan Pemberton will present on Strategies for Student Advocacy on Campus. The presentation will cover one of our favorite focus areas.

Finally, if you paid for your registration, contact Austin Cooper at SCA to get reimbursed. See you in D.C.!

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Members from North Idaho College Philosophy Club with Steven Pinker.

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Edwina Rogers

Edwina Rogers joined the Secular Coalition for America as the Executive Director in May 2012. She boasts two decades of experience on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and attorney, including roles as General Counsel for several high profile politicians. Rogers has extensive experience as a public policy expert, worked for two Presidents and four Senators, and in her most recent role as Executive Director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, she organized a coalition that included major employers, consumer groups, labor unions and health care providers, and successfully implemented the Patient Centered Medical Home model around the country.
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