[Secular Student Union] SSU Joins IHEYO
secular at u.washington.edu
Sun Jun 8 20:40:00 PDT 2008
June 8, 2008
The Secular Student Union of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA is
proud to make the following announcement:
Effective today, June 8, 2007, <http://new.iheyo.org/> the International
Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization (IHEYO) voted unanimously to grant
the SSU consultative member status.
This makes the SSU the first and only IHEYO member organization in North
This historic event marks the beginning of the American Working Group and
the beginning of an extensive effort on the part of IHEYO to expand in North
What is IHEYO?
IHEYO is the youth umbrella organisation for humanist youth (up to 35 years
of age) around the world. As youth group related to <http://www.iheu.org/>
IHEU, IHEYO has had a long and interrupted history of existence, dating back
to the sixties.
In 2000, IHEYO was reactivated. Since then international conferences have
been organised and several projects like a yearly internship programme and a
worldwide youth humanist database have been executed. Last year, youth
representatives coming from 17 humanist organisations constituted IHEYO with
<http://new.iheyo.org/about/bylaws> By Laws at the international conference
in Berlin, September 2003, Germany. They elected an official IHEYO
<http://new.iheyo.org/about/ec> Executive Committee.
IHEYO remains linked to IHEU, the umbrella organisation for more than 90
humanist, skeptic, rationalist, etc. organisations around the world and
having formal representation at international bodies like the UN.
IHEYO has developed many contacts and concrete collaborations with humanist
(youth) groups and individuals around the world. For more about humanist
groups in the world, please go to our <http://new.iheyo.org/drupal/members>
worldwide humanist database. It will show you that in many places youth
humanism is vibrant and growing!
What does this mean for SSU members?
Being a member organization for IHEYO grants us a direct connection to the
international world of Humanism. We will be able to collaborate with our
friends from around the world to advance Humanism and Humanist values,
including fighting for church/state separation, providing disaster relief
effort, fighting dangerous superstition in 3rd world areas, and any other
cause to further humanity.
We are still affiliated with the <http://www.secularstudents.org/> Secular
Student Alliance and <http://www.campusfreethought.org/> CFI On-Campus, and
will continue to work with these groups extensively in the future. Our
membership with IHEYO will not affect these relationships, as both the SSA
and CFI-On Campus are
We are now in the planning stages for student Humanist exchange programs,
including full student exchange, and a Humanist Sofa network for anyone who
would like to travel abroad. We will be included at IHEYO meetings around
the world, and will have the opportunity to host leaders from Humanist
groups in the United States
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