The Secular Student Alliance is a nation wide, educational, nonprofit organization that has students create groups in high schools and colleges throughout the United States. The mission of the Secular Student Alliance is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. We envision a future in which nontheistic students are respected voices in public discourse and vital partners in the secular movement’s charge against irrationality and dogma. We work to organize and empower nonreligious students around the country. Our primary goal is to foster successful grassroots campus groups which provide a welcoming community for secular students to discuss their views and promote their secular values.
Some of the main characteristics all SSA groups try to hold are:
Naturalistic: We hold that natural things are the only things about which humans can coherently communicate or think. Most of us believe that all things that exist are natural things. We also believe that critical inquiry, combined with empirical investigation where possible, leads to a more accurate understanding of the world in which we live than revelation, faith, or authority.
Economically Neutral: We share many common concerns with organizations that advocate specific economic principles, including Libertarians, Objectivists, Greens, and others. However, we cannot affiliate with groups that pursue an active economic agenda, be it on the left or right. We do acknowledge that the study of economics and sound economic policy is vital to the betterment of humanity. However, we have no interest in endorsing one economic view over others. We strive to see naturalism, reason and compassion take center stage in economic discussions and encourage our affiliates to promote discussion of economic issues.
Civil Rights Minded: We cannot support groups that promote denial of liberties in areas such as religion, speech, or equality under the law.
Non Discriminatory: We cannot affiliate with groups that bar members from joining on the basis of their creed or worldview. We also cannot affiliate with groups that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, handicap, or veteran status.
Here are some amazing things the University of Cincinnati Secular Student Alliance has done on campus and in Cincinnati this past academic year:
Sell Your Soul for a Cookie Day
Both fall and spring semesters, our group spent one day out in front of Tangeman University Center and McMicken Commons to spread the word about our awesome group! Doing this, we gained about twenty members and a lot of friends. We also engaged in interesting conversations about religion and politics with the students passing by and learned a lot from everyone.
Ask An Atheist Day, April 18th 2013
National Ask An Atheist day was a blast! We set up in front of Tangeman University Center again and got a ton of interesting and insightful questions about atheism and religion. We talked about our personal views as well as discrimination against non-religious people and stereotypes.
Supporting Planned Parenthood
Fall semester, some members of our group went to the Planned Parenthood Office on Auburn St. and showed our support. Most days, there are religious people with rude signs in front of this office, so we decided to go and show that there are people who support their amazing women’s health services. We provided coffee and donuts for those who walked by as well. Some of the employees of this office came out to personally thank us for the support, and they told us how happy they were to see some positivity out there for once. We love Planned Parenthood and so should you!