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|Students from the SSA at University of Central Florida celebrate being together at their “home away from home.”|
But what would happen if, a year from now, the national Secular Student Alliance didn’t exist?
Imagine it is the start of the 2014-2015 school year, with students gearing up to head back to their high school and college campuses.
Some of these students have a community waiting for them: a community they built, with their friends, centered on secularism and human-based ethics. These students look forward to returning to their SSA affiliate group, their “home away from home.”
However, things are different—because, in this scenario, the national Secular Student Alliance no longer exists. As campus activity fairs and other orientation events start, this affiliate group won’t receive free tabling supplies discussing the affiliate group and the incredible community they have created. The SSA had always provided them the multi-colored flyers, vinyl banners, brochures, buttons, pens, and other swag that are essential to attract new members, but now they have to rely on a few dozen black-and-white flyers.
Without sufficient promotional materials to attract new members, the group quickly shrinks. While a dedicated core of about eight members remains from last year, they are struggling to keep things going on a regular basis.
Right before last year’s winter break, one of the amazing speakers from the national SSA’s Speakers Bureau had come to campus to talk about interfaith work. Without the national SSA, it is much harder for campus groups to bring speakers to their campuses and host events. While the group stays in touch with the local off-campus groups and is welcome at their meetings, the group leaders decide that trying to set up a carpool to these meetings is more effort than it’s worth.