Every summer, the Secular Student Alliance hosts a summer conference for students, activists, and community leaders to attend in order to keep people informed about current secular topics, and to help train secular leaders. ISSA has traditionally sent members and officers to the SSA conference every year, and we leave with great tools for organizing a secular group, connections to other organizations, and a strengthened group. We always look forward to attending the SSA conference, but this year we need your help. This year ISSA doesn't have the funds to send officers to the SSA conference so we're asking for your support.
Last summer the conference included a talk from Katelyn Campbell about her experience speaking out about a slut-shaming abstinence-only assembly held at her high school, a workshop about how to debate run by Danielle Muscato, and talks about interfaith work, recovering from religion, group organization tools, and more. Two of ISSA’s very own also gave their own talks. Rebecca Surroz, former Vice President of ISSA spoke about creating a safe space for women in secular groups. Former ISSA officer Justin Tanaka gave a talk about how to fundraise through benefit concerts. Aside from learning about secular issues and gaining tools for running a secular club, ISSA also got the opportunity to connect with other campus groups and meet a lot of great people. The conference was an enriching experience that definitely helped ISSA grow.
This year the conference includes workshop training for setting up a Secular Safe Zone, talks about inclusivity in secular groups, tips for participating in secular activism, and a workshop run by Darrel Ray to help group leadership and communication skills. This summer’s annual conference is July 10th-12th at Ohio State University. If you’d like to learn more information or are interested in registering, you can do so here.
We’d like to send four ISSA officers to the conference this summer, and with registration costing $100 per person, we need $400 to get them there. If you’d like to donate $5-$30, or anything you feel comfortable giving, you can do so at www.gofundme.com/ISSAfundraiser. The conference has always been a great way for ISSA to grow as an organization, and we hope that we will be able to attend this summer.