Have you heard of The Westminster Schools? It's “a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls which seeks to develop the whole person for college and for life through excellent education" based in Georgia. Their school motto is "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
Well, as of this month, they also have a Secular Student Alliance on campus!
How did secular students at Westminster Schools convince the administrators to allow a group? Student leaders Caroline Oelkers and Aaron Smith tailored their proposal to the school's climate:
Submitted by katez on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 16:42
SSA affiliates and members are doing awesome stuff on their campus all the time. We brag about their work here on our website through the Brag It Up series. If you or your affiliate group has done something awesome, Brag It Up!
Tarrant County College North East - Secular Student Alliance was able to set up four local speakers for their meetings, and one for Darwin Day free of cost. They had speakers come talk about raising gender-conscious freethinkers, community building, misconceptions about non-believers and neuro-science. Their Darwin Day event featured the paleontologist in charge of a local Archosaur dig site. Over 100 students came for this speaker.
Submitted by samueljackson on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 10:27
No social movement we know of has made any real difference if it consisted of only one generation. The Secular Student Alliance works hard to connect activists of all generations with each other.
Every year we take the time to recognize someone who has not only gone before us but has lived the kind of life we’d like to live ourselves. In the form of the annual Freethought Backbone Award, the Secular Student Alliance recognizes an activist who has contributed to the movement in such a profound way that determination, courage, and intelligence merely begin to describe what they needed to reach their goals. We use this award to recognize someone who has racked up some serious time working to advance the secular cause. Past winners include Ellery Schempp, Michael Newdow, Larry Jones, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, and Herb Silverman.
Our hearts are filled with joy as we announce that long-time atheist activist Bobbie Kirkhart will be the winner of the 2013 Freethought Backbone Award. The award will be presented at the Columbus location of our Annual Conference on July 12-14th, 2013 at the Ohio State University.
In April 2013, William Paterson University Secular Student Alliance was able to host Luch With An Atheist thanks to a Project Grant from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group.
On April 18th 2013, the William Paterson University Secular Student Alliance had an Ask An Atheist Day event. We entitled it “Lunch With An Atheist.” To throw this event, we got our school to approve about five hundred dollars to our club to handle the costs of food. The Secular Student Alliance national organization also gave us $162 to help with the cost of security and supplies for the lunch.
We began advertising for the lunch about a month early with fliers and social networking. The first thing we did was make two events on Facebook. One “Lunch With An Atheist” event in our club's Facebook group visible only to club members. This could be used for planning the event and coordinating when members would show up.
Submitted by samueljackson on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 14:47