Secular Student Alliance

at Northwestern University

The purpose of the Secular Student Alliance at Northwestern is to promote reason, ethics, and justice, in the place of the supernatural and the spiritual as the basis for moral reflection and decision-making. This includes:


  • propagating the ideal of religious freedom and freedom from religion;
  • advancing the public understanding and appreciation of science and the scientific method, as well as exposing pseudoscience;
  • creating a campus community for freethinkers and skeptics that will provide a positive social network for those who dissent and question;
  • debating the philosophies of science, skepticism, and theism, thereby provoking meaningful discourse between religious and nonreligious students alike; exploring secular and humanist ethics;
  • combating racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, and heterosexism from a secularist standpoint;
  • safeguarding the freedom of expression by opposing censorship;
  • challenging academic fads and orthodoxy;
  • and most importantly, cultivating in ourselves and in others a sense of responsibility to and compassion for humanity.