Save the date: Februray 24, 5-7pm: OPIRG’s Annual General Meeting

Join OPIRG at our Annual General Meeting this February 24 in the ASUS Red Room in Kingston Hall.

At our AGM we will be presenting our annual report and our 2015-2016 financials as well as electing new members to our Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is one of the most hands-on roles in our organization – responsible for planning, allocation of resources, and the organization’s mandate. Click here for more information about applying to join the Board of Directors.

Find our event page here!

Any questions or concerns can be sent to info[at]opirgkingston.org! The annual reports and other important meeting documents will be published here prior to the AGM.

Thank you for another successful referendum!

After weeks of campaigning, we’re happy to announce: we’ve had another successful referendum!

OPIRG would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers and friends who have supported us these past two election periods. We’re excited to get back to what’s important: inspiring research, education, and action on social and environmental justice.

Winter 2016 update

Happy new year and new semester to all our friends, volunteers, and allies at Queen’s! Here’s some of the highlights of what we’ll be up to in the near future:

Community Gardens Research Report: We are in the process of compiling and analyzing the research data from this report, and are working on developing policy and practice recommendations.

Self Love Week: SLW is an idea in progress, which seeks to be a celebration and reclamation of love for our diverse selves, while challenging and exploring dominant understandings of romance and love. These weeks can include discussion spaces, panels or lectures, and skill-based workshops, on topics including but not limited sexuality, race, ability, and body positivity.

Hope to see you around the Grey House soon– as always, we’re here during our office hours for any and all Queen’s students to drop in.

-the OPIRG team

Grey House Open House with OPIRG

This week during our office hours (Tues-Thurs, 10-4), OPIRG will be keeping the Grey House stocked with coffee, tea, and brain-friendly snacks to keep you going during the final stretch of this year and semester.

Everyone is welcome to come in to speak to us about what we do, learn more about OPIRG, and ask any questions about us.

Good luck on exams, papers, and writing, to all our undergraduate and graduate students!

OPIRG November Update

What has OPIRG been up to lately? Read on to find out what we’ve been doing in the past few weeks.

Accessibility Research Opportunity: How is accessibility understood by those at Queen’s? How do we practice accessibility? Our latest call for proposals seeks to answer these questions and more. Applications are due November 30th. 

We Believe in a Campus Free of Sexual Violence: Campaign volunteers will be meeting this week to go over planning next steps for the campaign. So far, we’ve collected over 250 signatures. Free “We Believe” posters are available from the OPIRG office at any time during regular office hours– remember to get one for your office or room!

AMS Fall Referendum: Although we were successful in the referendum vote, the results have been tossed out (Queen’s Journal story here). We’ve been informed that we will be up on the ballot again in January. While this is disappointing news, we thank all of our volunteers for their hard work.

Kingston Community Garden Census: This research report is on its way to completion and we hope to have it ready for a Winter 2016 release. Stay tuned!

Fall 2015 Call for Research Proposals: Application and Implementation of Accessibility Principles at Queen’s University

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OPIRG is excited to announce our first research grant of the 2015-2016 academic year: Application and Implementation of Accessibility Principles at Queen’s University.

This grant, eligible to Queen’s University students, seeks to fund research that examines how, we as a campus, understand accessibility and how we do, or don’t, practice an accessibility politic.

The Call for Proposals can be found here: Call for Research Proposals 2015

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, we encourage you to contact the OPIRG office either by email: info[at]opirgkingston.org or by phone: (613) 533 3189. Completed submissions are due November 30, and can be sent to info[at]opirgkingston.org.

OPIRG Supports Accountability and Transparency

 

Here at OPIRG, we greatly value accountability and fairness. In order to be transparent with where we’re spending student dollars, we’ve created an infographic just for the budget.

Our entire proposed 2016 – 2017 budget which was submitted for validation to the AMS elections team can also be found here. This will be the budget we are held accountable to and intend to follow if we are successful with the fee.

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OPIRG’s vision for a campus free of sexual violence

Last Winter OPIRG Kingston funded two Queen’s University students to explore how we can build a campus free of sexual violence through education and prevention initiatives. Their research involved interviewing campus leaders from across the country; it involved engaging the leading research, both academic and lived. It is an amazing piece of original research.

Today we have the final draft. This report is to our guide to build a campus free of all forms of sexual violence. We Believe In A Campus Free Of Sexual Violence and we know how to build such a campus.

Join OPIRG in our campaign through signing up to volunteer with us, and we collectively can make lasting change. Click here to volunteer.

WE BELIEVE IN A CAMPUS FREE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE Report and Campaign Launch

OPIRG Kingston is thrilled to release our latest research report from our Winter 2015 grant, Challenging Rape Culture in University Communities, and launch our newest campaign: We Believe In A Campus Free of Sexual Violence.

Our report launch event will be taking place on Tuesday October 20th in Wallace Hall (JDUC) from 5-7PM. We will be joined by guest speaker Julie Lalonde who will be speaking on sexual assault prevention and education.

Find the event on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1528266187464883/

Join us as we work towards making Queen’s the first university in Canada to eliminate rape culture. We believe in a campus free of sexual violence, and we know how to build that campus!

Call for new members for the Board of Directors of OPIRG Kingston

OPIRG Kingston is looking for two to three new undergraduate or graduate students to join our volunteer Board of Directors.

OPIRG Kingston is non-profit organization and the Board of Directors is the highest and most important governing body of the organization – responsible for direction, governance, strategic planning, and overseeing the affairs of the organization.

Find our call for members here: OPIRG Kingston Volunteer Board of Directors Responsibilities and Expectations. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info[at]opirgkingston.org