CFI’s Student Leadership Conference 2013

Please note that the Los Angeles conference, originally planned to take place April 26-28, has been canceled. We invite all southern California area students who’d planned to attend to plan on coming to Amherst, NY, and will do our best to make travel grant funds available to as many students as possible!

The conference will be taking place at CFI–Transnational in Amherst, NY from July 25–28, 2013. Take a look at last year’s conference website to get an idea of what to expect! We expect the 2013 conference website to be ready in the next two weeks.

Conference Presenters

CFI is pleased to announce the special guest speakers who will be joining CFI staff and student activists at the conference: 

James Croft

James Croft is a candidate for an Ed.D in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a vice-chair of the Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard. In his academic work, James primarily studies how the arts help us learn and grow, and he’s particularly interested in how the arts promote ethical and existential development. James is an Assistant Editor at The New Humanism, a Contributing Scholar for State of Formation (an interfaith community blog), and the creator of Temple of the Future, a project to infuse Humanism with beauty, passion and dynamism. He holds an M.Ed in Arts in Education from HGSE, and an MA in Education with Drama and English from the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first-class degree and won a number of academic awards.

Debbie GoddardDebbie Goddard is the director of outreach at the Center for Inquiry and the director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism. Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a volunteer. She has also been involved with LGBTQ issues and progressive activism.

Cody Hashman

Cody Hashman is a campus and community organizer at the Center for Inquiry. Before working for CFI, he was founder and president of the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers. As UNIFI president, he organized the first ever Darwin Week, participated in and helped organize a monthly interfaith dialogue event called “Grab a Brew, Share Your View,” and coordinated an extensive set of intellectual and social events that helped UNIFI establish itself as a very successful group on campus.

Sarah Kaiser

Sarah Kaiser is a campus and community organizer at the Center for Inquiry. Before working for CFI, she was founder and president of the Secular Alliance at Indiana University, an organization which continued to thrive after she left. She was a core member of the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign, a group that raised over $11,000 in donations to place ads saying “You can be good without God” and “In the beginning, man created God” on buses in Chicago, Bloomington, and South Bend.

Desiree Schell

Desiree Schell is the host of Skeptically Speaking, a live radio show and podcast that explores the connections between popular culture, history, and science, and promotes critical thinking beyond the ranks of current skeptics. In her work as a labor organizer, she creates and implements diverse campaigns and develops curricula and teaches courses on effective activism.

Eddie Tabash

Edward Tabash is the chairman of the board of directors for the Center for Inquiry. He is a Constitutional Lawyer and Chair of the National Legal Committee for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, as well as the Honorary Chair of CFI–Los Angeles, and Chair of the First Amendment Task Force of the Council for Secular Humanism. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Secular Humanism.  He has filed amicus briefs arguing for the preservation of the separation of church and state with the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court.

More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks!

Connect with Other Attendees Online

Planning to attend? Join us on Facebook to connect with the other students and community leaders who are coming, and follow @cfioncampus on Twitter for the latest updates.

Not a Student?

Donate today to help us provide travel grants to the many student group leaders who are eager to attend but who cannot afford the full cost of travel. If you’re interested in sponsoring students from a specific school or region, please contact Debbie Goddard by e-mail or at (716) 636-4869 ext. 421.