One local CoR member, the Illini Secular Student Alliance at the University of Illinois, has had an amazing couple of months even though school isn’t even in session. This is the season of secular student leadership conferences, and ISSA has been raking in the accolades for their hard work over the past year.
At the Center for Inquiry Student Leadership conference in Amherst, New York, they were recognized with a plaque recognizing their work in Diversity Initiatives. One major achievement was bringing together a number of campus groups, including the Office of Minority Student Affairs, to host a debate titled "Does the Black Community Need God? A Debate on Race, Faith and Culture". Along with probing the role of faith in minority groups, ISSA worked with the local Women’s Resource Center to equip its officers with the tools needed to make itself a welcoming and safe community for all nonreligious students on the University of Illinois campus.
ISSA has also been recognized recently at the Secular Student Alliance conference in Colombus, Ohio for being the best service organization of all its hundreds of affiliates over the past year. Highlights from the 2011-2012 school year include raising money for a secular adoption agency by selling hot dogs on a busy Friday night, two blood drives, and getting together with a number of religious student groups to provide gifts to families in need during the holiday season. ISSA was also instrumental in founding E. Pluribus, an interfaith service network on campus that has already organized countless events.
IlliniCoR is proud to claim the Illini Secular Student Alliance as a coalition member. The dedicated students who run it are truly a great example for the broader secular community.