12 Reasons to Join the OPIRG Board of Directors

With our upcoming Annual General Meeting we figured we would post a short and incomplete list of why everyone should join the OPIRG Board. Want to know more? Check out here for the call for applicantions!

  1. Help set the direction and goals of OPIRG As a collective, the Board of Directors is the highest governing body of OPIRG. This group is responsible for setting the direction, the goals of OPIRG as well as laying out how we will achieve them. As a director you collaboratively help direct our research projects, programming and campaign work – where we are focusing and where we are not.
  2. Gain access to valuable workshops and skill building opportunities One of the mandates of OPIRG is to ensure every volunteer and contributor leaves a better organizer. We do this by providing our Board of Directors, volunteers and contributors with free workshops and skillshares. Through working with Tools for Change in Toronto and with local Kingston change-makers our Board members get access to powerful and informative workshops.
  3. Work with some of Queen’s and Kingston’s best activists, change makers, advocates In a normal year OPIRG works with about 30 campus and community organizations to share in programming, research and campaigning efforts. Our Directors help reach out to allied organizations and help foster and sustain our campus and community relationships.
  4. Build your resume Having experience with a Board of Directors on your resume never hurts. Through sitting on a Board of Directors you gain experience in non-profit organizations, being an employer, working to create and execute strategic plans – these are experiences that employers look for on a resume.
  5. Connect social justice movements here at Queen’s with those in the city and across the province OPIRG’s work doesn’t stop north of the ARC or east of Barrie Street, our work continues throughout the community of Kingston. Further through working with the OPIRG Provincial Network members of the Board get a chance to liaise and work with other PIRG across the country.
  6. Live your education Academic fields all across Queen’s University touch on the work of OPIRG. Through our People’s History Project, Alt Frosh, our community-based research work, to urban and regional planning, contributing to OPIRG gives you a chance to live and apply your education.
  7. Help strengthen our activist community at Queen’s OPIRG is one part of the many organization at Queen’s who organize for social and environmental justice. By joining the Board you get a chance to build and foster the activist community on our campus – welcoming new members and supporting those already here.
  8. Gain critical skills for making change By getting yourself into the mix of OPIRG you learn many of the skills needed for making social and environmental change. From campaign planning, developing and executing a marketing plan, to grant writing and fundraising, Board members get hands-on experience of the skills needed to make change.
  9. Contribute to an environment that actively challenges hierarchies and oppression OPIRG is mandated to actively challenge and contest hierarchies in our organizational structure and in our work. Further we have a clear and strong mandate to practices an anti-oppressive analysis. By joining the Board you get to work in an environment that strives to challenge hierarchies and oppressive acts.
  10. Help make OPIRG great(er) Our lasting and most impressive work has come from our Board members. Do you love the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets series? That was an idea from a Board member. The We Believe campaign? A Board member. Our Board members are the inspiration of our work. Have an idea to share? Join the Board.  
  11. Learn and work within a consensus-based decision making framework Consensus-based decision making is really important to OPIRG. As a result one of the first things all members of the Board do is collectively scheduled and attend a consensus-based decision making workshop. In this workshop we learn the history and strengthens and weaknesses of such an approach and we develop our own unique decision making process that builds on the strengths of the Directors.
  12. And to have fun Being on OPIRG’s Board is a rewarding and fun experience. As an organization we know everyone has something to contribute and we know our best ideas come from collaboration. We use these principles as the foundation of our Board.

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