Secular Students at Iowa (SecSI) is an official student organization at the University of Iowa. We’re affiliated with the Secular Student Alliance, a parent organization for several secular groups around the country. SecSI focuses on four central ideas: community, service, advocacy, and education.

Mission Statement

SecSI aims to provide a voice and community for secular students at the University of Iowa through four core principles:

  1. Advocacy: This organization stresses the importance of critical thinking and skepticism. As such, this organization will promote these standpoints through events and discussion.
  2. Community: This group strives to be a safe space for non-theists and theists with doubts to come together and express their views, ideas, and perspectives.
  3. Education: This group wishes to educate others both outside and within the group about scientific and critical thinking, secular values, and non-theistic worldviews.
  4. Service: The members of this organization hold that it is important to maintain a community that recognizes the value of life itself. As such, volunteer work is an important activity to maintain a healthy community and world. This group strives to conduct service and charity work.


Any student at the University of Iowa, graduate or undergraduate, is eligible for SecSI membership. Becoming a member allows you to vote in elections, go on sponsored trips with us to conferences, and it gives you the ability to help shape the future of SecSI. If you’re interested, it also allows you to become a SecSI organizer, which would allow you to help organize all the events and policies of the group.

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Daniel Valentin

B.A. International Studies

Annie Gudenkauf

Vice President
B.A. Social Work
B.A. Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies

Chelsea Schula

Membership Coordinator
B.A. International Studies
B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication

Molly Anderson

Education Coordinator
B.A. Economics
B.A. Ethics & Public Policy


Kennisha Entsminger

Nursing Interest


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