Josh Oxley, the newly-hired (but not paid, I’ve learned) “Humanist Advisor” for the University of Chicago, got some nice press in The Maroon:
Maroon: What else does your job entail?
Oxley: I advise for the Secular Student Alliance. I’m the graduate advisor for them. But at the same time my role is to really do whatever needs to be done for students. It’s not just about answering questions. One of my roles is to provide a voice for those students when there are bigger discussions on campus about religion or life stance things. It’s more about engaging people in the conversation and helping people realize there is a conversation. And seeing secularism as a positive rather than just a negative, which I think is the overwhelming narrative in the country.
If he can take some initiative, like Greg Epstein has done at Harvard, Oxley has the opportunity to turn this position into one of the more well-known “chaplaincies” on campus, bringing more visibility to his cause along with it.
The first step is just letting students know you exist.