A big thank-you to everyone who made it out to the DAFT Potluck on Thursday, December 9. DAFT's core member base really stepped it up in terms of bringing a great array of food: squash casserole, rice pilaf, mushroom risotto, oreo balls, hummus, veggies, pizza, and a giant glazed ham courtesy of Arthur Wawrzyczek. DAFT is very lucky that many of our members are activists in other awesome DePaul organizations as well: for instance, Nick Lang is a resident of DePaul's Vincent & Louise House, while Amanda Stefanski is a member of Feminist Front. It's great that the atmosphere of the university allows us to connect with other progressive campus organizations.
One of the most important things we discussed at the 2010 Secular Student Alliance conference is the importance of creating camaraderie among the nonreligious at your campus. Nonreligious student groups--and by extension, the larger secular movement--have a hard time competing with the community provided by religious organizations when we are perceived as a herd of cats. This is a shame, because through DAFT I have met some of the most wonderful, intelligent, dynamic people on the DePaul campus. As president, one of my most important initiatives for the DePaul Alliance for Free Thought for the 2010-2011 school year was to build a better sense of community among our members. Events like the DAFT Potluck and the cookout held earlier this year have been fantastic opportunities to have fun and just hang out with our fellow members. We're a very friendly and welcoming group and have been extremely pleased to see new members like Julie H. take the leap of (non-) faith and join us. New members are always welcome.
Thanks everyone for a great holiday party. That's the most fun my apartment has seen in a long time. Stay tuned for 2011-- we've got atheist crunkaliciousness in store. Does anyone have any suggestions for events they'd like to see from DAFT? Do any other SSA affiliates have advice on building community on their campuses? Leave your feedback in the comments section!