The Vermont Connection


Joseph Johnson


The field of student affairs is very familiar with the term ally. For most of us, we are continually working on how we can be better allies in a wide variety of identities. My passion for becoming a better ally has driven my journey through the world of student affairs. In my experience, however, there is a group that is still missing allies. As an atheist undergraduate, graduate student, and now as a professional I have met very few “out” atheists. With so small of a visible population, the need for atheist allies is great. I hope that by sharing some of my story I can encourage fellow atheists in the profession to make themselves known, as well as encourage everyone else to make efforts to become an ally for atheists.