CFI Leadership Stories
May 31, 2012
Center for Inquiry On Campus (and its predecessor, the Campus Freethought Alliance) has been connecting students with knowledge, resources, and other leading secular activists and scientists for over fifteen years. We believe that it is our job to inspire students and to educate the secular leaders of tomorrow so that they can expand on the limits of our knowledge and bring reason to the coming generations. A big part of how we fulfill this mission of being a jumping-off point for young freethinkers is by holding our annual student leadership conference. It is a chance for students to come together in real life and relate leadership experiences, share how-to tips, make connections, and inspire each other. Several students who attended the 2011 Student Leadership Conference have offered to share their stories so that others can get an idea of what to expect, why it is important, and how you can help. This is one of those stories.
From Alex Caro, President of Clark Freethought Society:
I had just finished up my freshman year of college when I received an e-mail from Cody, CFI’s outreach intern, about the 2011 Leadership Conference. I was really excited to hear about this opportunity because I wanted to start a group at my university, but I had no idea where to begin.
I also had no idea how to get to Amherst, NY. Luckily, I was able to carpool with three awesome people, Mark, Jessica, and James, for the long trek there. Once we arrived I met dozens of other students from all over the country that came together for this one event. I was able to learn from their experiences running their groups and put that knowledge toward starting up my own. Thanks to CFI, Clark Freethought Society had a great first year, and I met a ton of fantastic people from my school that I might not have ever befriended otherwise.
I definitely suggest that if any of you have the opportunity to attend CFI’s Student Leadership Conference this year that you take advantage of it. I’m really glad I did.
About the Author: Dren Asselmeier
Dren Asselmeier does student outreach as a campus organizer at the Center for Inquiry. She got her start as an organizer while interning at Center for Inquiry–Michigan in 2008. She stayed until 2010 as a volunteer campus coordinator, and was CFI–Michigan Freethinker of the Year in 2009, as well as president of Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley State University. Dren has a B.A. in English from Grand Valley State University. She is the president of Buffalo Area Non-Profit Professionals, an event volunteer at Buffalo Subversive Theatre, and a contributor to the Buffalo Storyteller Hour.