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:
This week's Affiliate Group of the Week is the Illini Secular Student Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CFI On Campus has been connected with them since their founding, and they've historically been one of the most active campus affiliate groups. Social media chair Max McKittrick gives us the low down on what the group is up to now, as well as his personal story about how he got involved in organized atheism.
Not all CFI On Campus affiliate groups have had to fight for their existence like the Ward Melville Secular Student Alliance has. Thanks to their perseverance (including getting CFI, among other organizations, to write letters to their school board), this impressive high school club finally was awarded recognition in September of this year. Led by go-getter Thomas Sheedy, they're off to a great start by representing the secular movement in a positive manner at their high school and in their community at large. Read what Thomas has to say to learn more:
We have another Affiliate Group of the Week that really came on our radar at this past summer's Leadership Conference! (Hint hint, if your group hasn't sent reps to a Leadership Conference, it's a great way to make your group even better and get better connected with CFI On Campus.) Alex McFadden of the Oregon State University Advocates for Freethought and Skepticism gives us the low down on why he decided to leave religion, his group's trick to handling campus preachers, and how he's proud of his group's positive impact on campus.