August 11, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Presented by the Secular Student Alliance.

Our last update included a brief recap of our 2015 Annual Conference, and we’re happy to say that our 2016 Annual Conference will be July 8-10, 2016 at the Ohio State University. You can keep an eye on this link for more information in the coming months.

In the mean time, you can check out our playlist from the 2015 Annual Conference for some of the awesome talks! We’ll be continuing to upload more videos in the next few weeks.

with it being the middle of August, we’ve got another week or so until most of our students go back to school. So, we here at the Secular Student Alliance are wrapping up our plans to kick off the 2015-2016 school year! We’ve got a lot of fantastic things coming out over the next few weeks, including our activism-focused scholarship applications, which will open in September. Any students who will be attending a college or university in the United States (including graduate students!) are encouraged to apply.

We also have plans to put together an Individual Activist Guide this fall! We are very excited about this project and we need your help to put it together. We recognize not every student is or even can be in an affiliate group,so we want to focus more on individual students and how they can get involved with secular activism. If you’re interested in providing feedback to help us put together the Individual Activist Guide, please fill out this form with as much detail as possible.

Last but not least, we want to give shout outs to two groups that have received Awards for Outstanding Activism! Congratulations to the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Nevada-Reno and the Lamar University Secular Student Alliance!

On Monday June 8th, Ryan Davis, President of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Nevada-Reno, delivered a secular invocation at the Sparks City Council. The invocation was drafted by SSA at UNR members Gennadiy Gurariy and Dr. Bernard Drumm. You can read more about the awesome work they did here.

The Lamar University Secular Student Alliance marched in their local pride parade for the second year in a row. What is especially exciting was that they made LGBTQ-themed Secular Student Alliance t-shirts for their event! We now have an official LGBTQ version of the Secular Student Alliance logo that our affiliate groups can use for similar events in the future. You can learn more about Lamar University’s SSA event here.

That’s all for this week! Stayed tuned for more exciting developments as the school year continues!