Stef McGraw is a Campus and Community Organizer at the Center for Inquiry. She has degrees in philosophy and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa, where she first got involved in the freethought movement through the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers.
This week we’re excited to highlight the Secular Student Alliance at George Mason University, home of former CFI Outreach intern Zach Ashton. However, in the spirit of successful leadership transitioning, Zach made sure the new group president, Michael Thompson, was able to talk with us. Read on to see what Michael has to say about why the group got started, his group’s most impressive activities, and where he sees the secular movement going in the future.
The University of Kansas Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics (or SOMA, for short), has been a fantastic and very active group for its many years as a CFI On Campus affiliate. We talked to Taylor Cameron, president of the group, about why she got involved with SOMA and the impact she sees the organization having on campus:
The CFI On Campus team is excited for the rest of 2015. From working on the 2015 CFI Leadership Conference (July 30 - August 2 in Amherst, NY) to continuing to develop resources and plan for the future of CFI On Campus, we’re looking forward to an eventful and productive year.
But, of course, CFI On Campus isn’t really about us–it’s about the freethinking students who build community and advocate for skepticism and secularism every day on their campuses. And based on the incredible work they did in 2014, we’re just as enthusiastic about what the future holds for freethinking students in 2015. While it’s fresh on our minds, we’d like to highlight just a few of the many accomplishments of CFI On Campus affiliate groups in 2014:
This week, we’re highlighting the Secular Society at Elon as Affiliate Group of the Week. We met Broadway Jackson III, group leader and then-intern of the Secular Coalition for America, at our CFI Leadership Conference this past summer, and were impressed with his thoughtful contributions during workshops. He continues to contribute his thoughts from time-to-time on The Course of Reason, including the following run-down of his background, his group, and his view of the future of secularism.
This week’s Affiliate Group of the Week is the Kettering Secular Skeptics (KSS). We asked group leader Austin Edwards some questions about himself and his group; read on to learn about his New Age upbringing, how he got KSS started, and what his group has in store for the future: