So, What Is SSA Con?
Every year at the SSA Annual Conference, hundreds of secular students and community leaders gather to share ideas and learn from each other. Unlike many conferences in the secular movement, SSA Con’s primary goal is to train student leaders and activists from across the United States in grassroots organizing and leadership skills. There are several key ways we make this possible.
- Most of the talks at our Annual Conference are 20 minutes long, and are intended to begin a conversation with attendees and speakers. Our speakers are available throughout the conference to network and chat with attendees!
- Many of our talks focus on effective activism and group running skills, ensuring attendees have usable knowledge to take back to their campuses!
- Throughout the weekend, students have the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and form lasting relationships with other student activists, SSA staff, and movement leaders!
- Many of our speakers are students themselves, presenting the ideas and skills they have found useful in their activism and group running experience!
Our conference is designed to be applicable to both SSA affiliate group leaders and members as well as to individual secular student activists. Additionally, we welcome anyone who wants to learn about effective group running, such as those from off-campus groups or other organizations.
Every year, we run the SSA Con in two locations, one East, and one West, to make it easier and more accessible to SSA affiliate groups and students from across the nation. Find out where this year's locations are below!
Why Should I Attend?
Are you a leader or a member of an SSA affiliated student group?
SSA Con has numerous talks directed towards you! You can hear and interact with current and former student leaders on what works and doesn't work in their experience when it comes to tabling, advertising, fundraising, and many other things that will help your group be better than ever! Don’t forget about the opportunity to network and exchange best practices in one-on-one opportunities.
Are you an individual secular student activist?
We have plenty of topics that will help you become a better activist! Plus, SSA Con gives you an opportunity to network with hundreds of other secular students, as well as SSA staff and movement leaders, in order to build a secular society!
Are you a non-student?
Many of the skills and ideas presented at SSA Con are applicable off-campus: everything from leadership transitions, grassroots organizing, and the valuable networking opportunities. Plus, this is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to students and student groups and build a broader, stronger local community!
Want a preview of what to expect?
Are you curious what types of speakers and content that we have had at past events? Check out our Youtube channel for a large cross-section of them!
2015 SSA Annual Conference Locations and Dates
In 2015, we will once again hold two locations for the SSA Annual Conference. They are:
- June 26-28, 2015 at Sacramento State in Sacramento, CA
- July 10-12, 2015 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH
If you, or some of your group leaders, cannot make it to our conference this year, check out our virtual conference leadership tracks. You can check out the most important group running and leadership training available at our conferences and make them available to your leaders and group members as well!
If you are interested in reaching students and student groups, you can get a table and/or an ad in the conference booklets. More details on that here.
Thanks to our fantastic student leaders and everyone who attended SSA East and West; the SSA 2014 Annual Conference was an amazing success! Check out the Conference recap here.
At SSA West we had over 130 attendees, and at SSA East we had almost 200! And our service projects at both locations were very successful! At SSA West we hosted Be The Match, so that attendees and speakers arriving in Phoenix could join the national bone marrow registry; 17 attendees took time out of their day to stop for a cheek swab and volunteer to potentially save a life! At SSA East, we hosted a blood drive with the Red Cross - as attendees and speakers arrived in Columbus, we successfully collected 25 units of blood, which may save up to 75 lives!
Read about our past conferences and events!