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Secular Student Alliance

Secular Student Alliance
Abbreviation SSA
Motto Empowering Students for a Secular Future
Formation November 21, 2001
Type non-profit
Legal status corporation
Purpose scientific rationality, secularism, and human-based ethics
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio
Region served
 United States
Official language
Key people
August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director
Alex DiBranco, Chair of the Board of Directors

The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) is an educational scientific reason and the intellectual basis of secularism in its atheistic and humanistic manifestations. The SSA also offers these students and their organizations a variety of resources, including but not limited to leadership training and support, guest speakers, discounted literature and conference tickets, and online articles and opinions.


  • History 1
  • Membership growth 2
  • Events 3
  • Conferences 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


In 1999, the students on the Executive Council of the

  • Secular Student Alliance website

External links

  • Hibbard, Laura (July 17, 2012). "Teacher Allegedly Brags To JT Eberhard Of Secular Student Alliance That Atheist Student Group Was Blocked (PHOTO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  • Supiano, Beckie (February 27, 2011). "A Group for Secular Students Finds Its Way on a Christian Campus". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  • Brunsman, August E (December 28, 2005). "A Brief History of the Secular Student Alliance". Secular Student Alliance. Retrieved 2012-08-13.

Further reading

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  3. ^ Chapter 1702: Nonprofit Corporation Law, Ohio Revised Code.
  4. ^ The "Articles of Incorporation" of the Secular Student Alliance were filed on November 21, 2001.
  5. ^ The SSA's principal office is located in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. "Corporation Details", Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
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  10. ^ Niose, David (2012-07-17). Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 023033895X. "Founded in 2000, the SSA had less than fifty campus affiliates in early 2007, but by 2011 it had over 340".
  11. ^ SSA Board of Directors. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
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  14. ^ Winerip, Michael (2011-04-03). "Teenagers Speak Up for Lack of Faith". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  15. ^ "There are currently 413 affiliate groups (counting university, college, and high school)". Student Secular Alliance. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
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See also

Year Location Theme
2000 University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)[20]
2001 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) Kicking Ass for the New Enlightenment[21]
2002 Chicago, Illinois Education Against Indoctrination[22]
2004 Washington, D.C.[23]
2005 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) Connecting the Secular Movement with Other Communities[24]
2006 Kansas City, Missouri We're Not in Kansas Anymore[25]
2007 Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy 30th Anniversary Gala/Symposium[26]
2008 Washington, D.C. World Humanist Congress[27]
2009 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) Freethinking Friends & Secular Cephalopods [28]
2010 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)[29]
2011 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)[30]
2012 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) Contrary to Popular Belief[31]
2013 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) Contrary to Popular Belief[32]
2014 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) and University of Arizona (Phoenix, Arizona) Contrary to Popular Belief[33]
2015 Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) Contrary to Popular Belief[34]

The Secular Student Alliance holds an annual leadership conference.[19]


Since 2009, the SSA has held their Annual Leadership Conference over the Summer which aims to train student leaders and group members in leadership skills and grassroots organizing.[18] In 2013, the conference was split into two locations (East and West).

On August 7, 2009, the SSA organized a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. 304 students, atheists, and scientists attended, in order to familiarize themselves with the museum.[6] One notable name in attendance was PZ Myers, who also came to experience the museum.[17]

Executive director August Brunsman at SSACon 2015


  • 2007 - 80 groups
  • 2008 - 100 groups
  • 2009 - 159 groups
  • 2010 - 219 groups
  • 2011 - 240 groups[14]
  • 2012 - 413 groups[15]
  • 2013 - 407 groups[16]

The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) has experienced increasing membership growth since its founding.[10] As of February 2013, the SSA's Board of Directors has ten members.[11] The number of SSA community college and university campus affiliates has expanded considerably in recent years:[12][13]

Membership growth

The SSA is a founding member of the Secular Coalition for America.

In June 2013 the SSA announced that with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, it will work on educating students on their rights and will assist with rectifying violations.[8][9]

As of January 2012, the SSA has over 312 affiliates in North America and abroad, including groups in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.[7]

The Secular Student Alliance is an independent, democratically structured organization in the secularism, and human based ethics".[6]

[5].Columbus, Ohio The corporation's principal office is located in [4] on November 21, 2001.State of Ohio of the [3]

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