reason for change: leadership conference - july 24-27, 2014 - amherst, ny -

reason for change: leadership conference - july 24-27, 2014 - amherst, ny -

If you're a CFI student group leader, or if you're starting a skeptic, secular, or freethought group at your college or high school, we invite you to attend CFI's Leadership Conference July 24–27 at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational.

This year, for the first time, we are also welcoming leaders of affiliated skeptic and freethought community groups to the CFI Leadership Conference. This includes leaders of groups affiliated with the Council for Secular Humanism, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, or the new CFI Network.

The event brings together student and community activists from across North America for four days packed with leadership training, workshops, networking, educational presentations, and more! The program begins on Thursday afternoon and wraps up Sunday at lunchtime.

About the CFI Student Leadership Conference

group photo from 2013 Leadership Conference

Center for Inquiry On Campus promotes and defends reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in education, and is committed to the enhancement of freethought, skepticism, secularism, humanism, philosophical naturalism, rationalism, and atheism on college and high school campuses throughout North America and around the world.

Since 1996, the Center for Inquiry's campus outreach initiative has brought together students and community leaders to train them in outreach, advocacy, activism, and leadership.

The CFI Student Leadership Conference is designed around three main objectives. First, we give student and community leaders the tools and skills necessary to make an impact in their communities. Second, we create an atmosphere where new and experienced leaders can network and establish important connections to other leaders in the movement. Finally, we hope to inspire and energize the attendees and empower them to make real change in the world.

If you are a student leader and would like to attend the CFI Student Leadership Conference, please go to the registration page and fill out the online form. The registration fee does not have to be paid up front, and travel grants are available on a rolling basis to help students attend.  Register now »

Connect with Other Attendees

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?

If you are a leader of a CFI-affiliated skeptic or freethought community group, you can register for the conference for the first time this year.

We also encourage leaders who are able to donate 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.

Read more about the difference your donation can make and donate now »

Conference Presenters

Conference presenters include Desiree Schell, Edward Tabash, Debbie Goddard, Cody Hashman, Stef McGraw, Ben Cook, Max Nielsen, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.  Read more »


Policy of the Center for Inquiry on Hostile Conduct/Harassment at Conferences: View policy »

UB’s Summer Conference Guest Guide: View guide (.PDF) »


Center for Inquiry–Transnational
3965 Rensch Rd.
Amherst, NY 14228

Travel to CFI–Transnational

By car: Parking is available at the Center for Inquiry and at the dorms.

By bus or train: We can provide rides to and from the bus and train stations in the Buffalo metro area. Please be in touch with us at to arrange shuttle service.

By plane: CFI–Transnational is about 20 minutes away from the Buffalo-Niagara Airport (BUF). If you are flying in, please send your itinerary to to be added to our shuttle schedule.

View Google map »


All meals from Thursday afternoon through lunch on Sunday are included in the cost of registration and take place on the CFI premises. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. If you have other specific dietary requirements or any food allergies, please indicate that on the registration form.

Past Conferences

Learn more about previous years’ CFI Student Leadership Conferences: