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How to Get Your Group Its Very Own Copy of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible, For Free!

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The folks over at the Skeptic's Annotated Bible have donated copies of their hardcover Bible to us to get them in the hands of SSA affiliate groups. They want to support the student movement and we are helping them to distribute the free copies on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each SSA affiliate group is eligible for one free copy of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible if they do one of the following two things:

  1. Has your group done something awesome or cool recently? It might be an inventive service project or fundraiser, or a fun speaker event, or just participating in your school's interfaith program. We love hearing about what our affiliates are up to. Your group is guaranteed a free copy of the book for just filling out a short Brag It Up form and telling us a cool recent event. It can be any kind of event or project to qualify.
  2. Submit some fun or creative pictures of your group! We love seeing your smiling faces almost as much as we love hearing about your awesome events. Just email us your pictures and your group will be considered to receive a copy of the book. This method does not guarantee a copy, though you can also fill out a Brag It Up form if you would like to make sure you qualify for one.

Secular Student Alliance seeks Campus Organizing Assistant

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Campus Organizers
SSA's Campus Organizing team knows how to have fun.
Get in on the action!

The national Secular Student Alliance seeks one Campus Organizing Assistant. This part-time position will provide administrative support for campus organizing programs and operations, including data entry and organization, preparing and shipping packets, maintaining and organizing supplies, and general program support as needed.

This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) with hours worked within the normal business work week (Monday - Friday, 9-5). Schedule can be determined upon hire, but must be consistent on a week-to-week basis. Schedule may be updated each academic term if necessary. Very occasional weekend work may be required.

This position will be based in our national offices in Columbus, OH and reports to the Director of Campus Organizing. We require a relatively relaxed dress code for office environment (clean, modest, no garments showing excessive distress). This position will begin on or around January 15, 2014.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications are due no later than December 15, 2013.

Richard Dawkins: An Appetite for Wonder (Presented by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at Stanford)

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In October 2013, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at Stanford was able to host Richard Dawkins thanks to a project grant from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group. 

This October, The Humanist Connection: Serving Stanford & the SF Bay Since 2012, AHA!@Stanford: A Secular Student Alliance Affiliate Group, The Secular Student Alliance, The Stanford Undergraduate and Graduate Student Councils, CFI On Campus, and The Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason and Science collaborated to bring our event, Richard Dawkins: An Appetite for Wonder, to Stanford University's gorgeous campus in Palo Alto, CA. The event was hosted at Stanford Business School, primarily coordinated by AHA!@Stanford, the student community for Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics, and the non-religious at Stanford, and The Humanist Connection, a non-profit that supports AHA!@Stanford and provides resources, programs, volunteer events, and meetings for non-students, alumni, staff, and faculty at Stanford.

West Virginia University hosts a Secular Safe Zone Training!

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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!

This post is written by Sean Banerjee, a member of the Secular Student Alliance at West Virginia University, about his experience hosting Secular Safe Zone Coordinator Andrew Cheadle-Ford for an Ally training at his school.

In 2013 the Secular Student Alliance announced the formation of the Secular Safe Zone program. The purpose of the program is to help create safe spaces where secular students could question, criticize and discuss topics that are important to them. At the Secular Student Alliance at West Virginia University (SSA-WVU) we aim to help raise awareness on secular issues as well as create a positive and healthy secular community within the university. During the 2013 Secular Student Alliance conference in Columbus, five of our members successfully completed the training program to become the first five Allies within the state of West Virginia. 

In going through the training, we quickly realized the benefits the program would offer to students across the country. As students, we have little to no information regarding who is a friend to secular students on campus. This lack of information often alienates students with no reassurance that the university administration, staff, and faculty are versed in the needs of secular students. Sadly, the secular community lacks any truly well-defined symbols that are worn by the masses to identify themselves.

WVU SSA
Andrew Cheadle-Ford with participants in the first ever Secular Safe Zone training held by a campus group!

Shortly after the July 2013 Secular Student Alliance Conference, we spoke to the Secular Safe Zone coordinator, Andrew Cheadle-Ford, on whether it would be possible to bring the training program to West Virginia University. On October 27, after many months of planning, we became the first affiliate group to hold a Secular Safe Zone training program on a university campus. The workshop attracted twenty members, ranging from faculty, staff, and administrators to students and community members. Following the successful workshop, WVU currently has the highest number of trained Allies of any campus. As a student organization and members of the university community, we are proud to raise awareness on the issues faced by secular students.

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