CFI Student Leadership Conference ’13 - 2012

CFI Student Leadership Conference '13: Freethought In Action


Last year, CFI brought in over 50 student and community leaders representing CFI branches, colleges, and high schools across North America. Below is a selection of reflections from student attendees and videos from several conference presentations.

Last year’s conference website.

Full YouTube playlist of video’s from 2012 conference.

Student Leader Blogs

Jessika Griffin, president of the Secular Alliance of Indiana University, recounts her experience at last year's CFI Leadership Conference.

Sam Shore, social media chair at Illini Secular Student Alliance, wrote a #cfi-conclusion about the conference. He says: “this conference is a superb way to spend a weekend if you want to be a leadership force in the secular community. The Center has phenomenal resources at its disposal, the attendees could very well be the best friends you’ll ever meet, and the passion of the organizers is clear in the quality of the event they put on.”

Dave Muscato, PR director of American Atheists, wrote a recap of his experience at the conference as an SSA intern. He also took lots of outstanding photos!

Campus Group Awards

Every year CFI recognizes several outstanding groups for their hard work and dedication. You can read about all the awards in Stef McGraw’s wrap-up from 2012.

Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison won best educational event for their great success in putting on Freethought Fest 2012.

Illini Secular Student Alliance (ISSA) won for diversity initiatives, in recognition of their work hosting women’s only social events and holding a debate asking “Does the Black Community Need God?”

Center for Inquiry at Broward College won the community outreach award, for their Skeptic Fair, Carl Sagan Day activities, and other events.

For their outstanding website and effective use of social media, the Secular Alliance at Indiana University won the online outreach award.

Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club won best community college group, with a successful year of educational events and collaboration with other local groups.

Finally, the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida won best new group for their engagement in the secular movement and political initiatives locally.

Conference Presentations

In addition to workshops and other hands-on sessions, the Leadership Conference features informative presentations by student leaders, organizers, activists, and educators.