Affiliating with Americans United
There are two ways to align your group with Americans United. They're both easy.
The first way is to start a student group that is solely devoted to these issues.
The second way is to align already established groups with AU. This is the most common route for student groups aligning with AU. These groups may advocate for civil liberties, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, or any number of ideals, but they share a common interest in preserving church/state separation. Rather than compete with other campus groups similar in purpose, we encourage them to align with AU.
Associate campus groups maintain their own identity and are free to decide on which issues to take action. When the issue is church/state separation we ask that they support our efforts. In return, we can provide materials for meetings, speakers for events, research on issues of concern, and help with publicity. Associate groups benefit from having the strength of a national organization's presence, and Americans United benefits by being identified locally with student activists. By working together, we can better coordinate students' efforts to protect the separation of church and state.
Associate campus groups (you!) are student organizations that publicly associate themselves with Americans United for Separation of Church and State in a close working relationship, but they have no legal or financial obligations.
Americans United will work with these campus groups to promote religious liberty and preserve church/state separation. Associate groups may turn to the national organization for support in their efforts.
Benefits to an Associate Campus Group:
- AU action alerts on important church-state issues.
- Access to AU resources: speakers, publications, etc.
- Contact with other associate groups for inter-campus organizing.
- Ideas and support for coordinating events and activist efforts.
Commitments of an Associate Campus Group:
- To officially describe itself as "associated" with AU.
- To prioritize church-state issues.
- To distribute AU materials/alerts to its members.
- To serve as a potential contact if AU needs activist support in the area.
- To notify AU if there are significant campus events where our presence is needed.
- To agree to not work on issues that are counter to the aims and purposes of AU.
- When using AU's name, all materials must first be submitted to the national office for approval.
Freedoms of an Associate Campus Group:
- To pursue other issues integral to its mission.
- To align itself with other organizations on other, non-church/state issues.
- To raise funds, determine membership requirements, and organize its governing body as it sees fit.
The easiest way to align your group with us is to visit our student website (student.au.org) and affiliate through our online form. It's exceedingly simple and takes minutes. Snail mail is of course always an option; in which case, you should fill out this page and mail it in:
Americans United for Separation of Church and State 518 C Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20002
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