OPIRG Kingston is Hiring! Orientation Planning Coordinator and Social History Research Coordinator

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce that we will be hiring two students for the upcoming summer! Applications are due, by email, on May 6 at 4pm.

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The second will be laying the foundation and planning OPIRG Kingston’s Alt Frosh programming, check out the Orientation Planning Coordinator Job Description for more information.

These positions are funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program and OPIRG will be hiring pending funding approval. The Canada Summer Jobs program has certain eligibility requirements. The full list of requirements can be found at the bottom of each job description – we apologize to those who are ineligible.

All applications should be sent to hiring@opirgkingston.org and any questions or concerns can be sent to info@opirgkingston.org.

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.

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.

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


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’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.

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

And that’s a wrap for Alt-Frosh 2015!

And with our last event just finishing Alt Frosh 2015 has come to a close. Through 22 events with 16 campus and community partners Alt Frosh this year touched on critical and important issues facing Queen’s University and the Kingston Community.

We would like to extend a thank you to the amazing team of workshop facilitators and volunteers – this year’s Alt-Frosh would not have been amazing without you. We would also like to extend our appreciation for all the amazing folks who attend the workshops, presentations, and screenings. More than 300 people signed up through these events for our listserv and more than 100 expressed interested in volunteering with us – an awesome turnout!

Check out Alt-Frosh 2015!

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce and present 2015 Alt Frosh! Find the whole calendar here.

All this work has been made possible with an awesome group of volunteers and supporters (and in case you would like to also lend a hand we will be having another volunteer orientation session, find out the details here).

Further OPIRG would like to extend a huge thank you to all our partners for making this possible: Continue reading “Check out Alt-Frosh 2015!”