This week’s Affiliate Group of the Week is the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The CFI On Campus team got to know three members of the organization—Jesse Silva, Jeffrey Anderson, and Jose Nieves—at the Leadership Conference this past summer. It deserves to be mentioned that those three spent days on a bus traveling from San Antonio, Texas to Buffalo, New York and back in order to attend the conference, which shows an incredible amount of commitment to making their group great. To learn more about this awesome organization, we asked Jose Nieves some questions:
On Saturday, October 24, the Secular Student Alliance at Florida State University held an Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. SSA at FSU worked with the Center for Inquiry–Tallahassee to organize this event, the first of its kind in the city. The walk brought together over 100 participants and raised over $11,000 for the benefiting charity. For a first time event in a mid-sized market, the experience was a huge success.
Welcome back to our Affiliate Group of the Week series! This week, we're highlighting a fantastic group that we really got to know when two of its members attended our Leadership Conference this past summer. We asked SBU Skeptics and Secular Humanists President Vinny Metas some questions about his group and his personal story with regards to freethought; this is what he had to say:
For reasons of safety, this post has been edited to maintain anonymity of the author.
Year one of college. I was a naive freshman looking to join every club that threw itself at me. Tunnel vision clouded my senses and I ignored the possible consequences that could come. I thought I was immune to irrational thought. It turned out that I was wrong.
Before attending the CFI Leadership Conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and now I can say I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on my ideas on skepticism, activism, and involvement in the movement. I never realized how big of a community skeptics, secular humanists, agnostics, atheists, etc. have. During the conference, there were well-informed speakers who went up and gave us tips on how we can grow our clubs on campus and how we can make sure they continue to be active after we are gone. There were so many ideas that we could use on our campus—I was trying to write them all down! (After a while I realized that maybe I should just wait and ask to get a copy of the presentations.) During the breaks and meals I was so excited to meet new people from other college campuses. I was surprised whenever I met someone who would share the same excitement and enthusiasm as I had.