Rad Frosh FAQ

What if I’m not an activist? How political is Rad Frosh?

Rad Frosh, formerly Alt-Frosh, is meant to serve as an introduction to politics and activism at Queen’s and in Kingston. As such, the wide array of events cater to a diversity of experiences and knowledges so don’t worry if you haven’t been ‘involved’ before or have lots of questions, you won’t be alone. There should be something for everyone as there are films, workshops, panels, and concerts amongst other types of activities.

How accessible is Radical Frosh for folks of different abilities or needs?

We at OPIRG operate on anti-oppression principles, and we prioritize organizing events that will be accessible to the largest number of people. We strive to schedule events in buildings that are accessible to as many abilities as possible. If you require assistance or have accessibility needs, including the need for childcare, please let us know and we will work to accommodate.

Are all of the Rad Frosh events organized by OPIRG?

No. Some events are independently organized by campus and community groups who wish to collaborate with OPIRG, others are organized by OPIRG working groups themselves while others have been organized by the OPIRG board.

We wish to thank all of those individuals and groups who have worked with us on Rad Frosh this year.

How is this all free?! Where does the funding come from?

Most event costs are covered by the organizers with some contributions from the OPIRG board. OPIRG receives its funding through student fees, contributions from community members as well as grant applications and through the PIRG provincial network. While most events are free of charge, donations are always appreciated!

By the way, what’s this OPIRG thingy?

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston is dedicated to research, education, and action in the public interest. We are predominantly student-funded and student-run, but strive to maintain a balance of support and direction from the wider Kingston community. OPIRG Kingston exists to serve as a training ground for concerned citizens to recognize and engage the problems of society.

We’ve been in Kingston since 1992. The PIRG movement started in the 1970s and has spread to over 200 PIRGs across North America. PIRGs are democratic, independent, non-partisan, non-profit, and non-governmental organizations.

You can find a more comprehensive description of what we do here.