Know Your LSPIRG Staff: Hannah Batten

This is the fifth instalment of the "know your LSPIRG staff series." Meet Hannah Batten, newly hired Volunteer Engagement Director. On the spot interviewed by Lakyn Barton and Mohammad Akbar.

Something people wouldn’t guess about you?

I’m a triplet.

What has surprised you most about Laurier and KW so far?

I’m still learning Laurier but as much as KW feels like two different cities they have a connection. People tend to be outside a lot right now which is great. There’s also a lot more social services and support services here! And lots of festivals! that’s great - like every week.

If you emptied your bag right now what’s one thing in it that others might find interesting?

*proceeds to actually empty her bag*

A bar of soap, a communist magazine, and a pouch of rocks, shells, coins and stones that I always have on me.

Favourite schoolyard game?

I really liked hopscotch.

If you could be any plant or an animal what would you be?

Willow tree. Because they are tall, and hid under them, often by water (I like water), offer people shade, and pretty.

Favourite volunteer experience?

When I lived in California I worked for an older man in his garden. He would insist we drink lemonade but he never actually had lemon aid and I always had to run and get lemons.

Favourite planet?

Jupiter - I like the colours.

What FRIENDS character would you be?

A mix between Chandler and Phoebe.

Know Your LSPIRG Staff: Mohammad Akbar

This is the fourth instalment of the "know your LSPIRG staff series." This post will hopefully provide an introduction to Mohammad Akbar, newly hired Administration and Development Director. On the spot interviewed by Lakyn Barton and outgoing Administration and Development Director Katelyn Murray.

Contrary to what that one person's face and body language might tell you - Akbar is an engaging speaker with speeches filled with well developed arguments and Simpsons quotes.

Contrary to what that one person's face and body language might tell you - Akbar is an engaging speaker with speeches filled with well developed arguments and Simpsons quotes.

If you had to be either an eel or an octopus what would you be and why?

Electric Eel. Because I could generate electricity and that would be fun.

Boy Meets World or Full House?

Oh geez - that’s a hard question. Oh man. Going to go Boy Meets World but I’m also a huge fan of Full House. Full house had its moments - that gopher puppet?

Favourite Board Game?

Sorry! 

What’s your jam? 

Elevator Love Letter by Stars

What impact do you want to have at Laurier?

I want to provide students the agency to do things. I have a lot of knowledge I want to give people. I want to make the campus better by improving student outreach. I really want to give as much as I can to students so that they can continue the work on their own.

What about Laurier’s campus excites you?

There are two things that immediately come to mind:

How nice everybody is - I love meeting all these people trying to do great things.

And second, that the campus reminds me a lot of Windsor. It seems like a place that I already know but I’m eager to learn what I don’t. 

Call for Proposals- Strategic Planning Consultancy

Call for Proposals - Strategic Planning Consultancy

The Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG) is a non-profit organization that envisions a society where people are empowered to be agents of change in pursuit of a just world. Through community collaboration, research, and education, LSPIRG provides opportunities for its members to be agents of social change.

Values:

·         Anti-oppression

·         Education

·         Social Justice

·         Community

·         Empowerment

·         Environmentalism

·         Volunteerism

·         Innovation

·         Accountability

 

Purpose: The LSPIRG Board of Directors seeks proposals from professional Strategic Planning consultants in Waterloo Region for a Strategic Planning process for our organization. The successful proposal should demonstrate how the consultant could assist our organization in facilitating a planning session, creating a plan document, and developing an executable strategy for achieving strategic goals.

Reports to: The LSPIRG Board of Directors

Location & Period of Employment: The successful consultant will be employed by LSPIRG for the duration of the planning process - an estimated period of 2-3 months (January-March, 2015).

General Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct preliminary research with the support of LSPIRG staff and Board members (analysis of previous planning data, conducting focus groups, etc.)

  • Facilitate a 2-day planning session in Waterloo, incorporating direct and indirect feedback from a variety of stakeholders

  • From this session, create a 5-year plan document detailing collectively decided upon values and strategic goals

  • Develop an executable and easily digestible strategy for achieving strategic goals for LSPIRG staff and Board members to follow over the next 5 years

    • Include in this strategy a mechanism for evaluating progress of the plan

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will present a proposal that demonstrates competency in delivering on the duties outlined above. Further, the following qualifications would be considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of or past experience with our organization

  • A commitment to our current organizational values as stated above

  • Minimum 2-3 years professional experience with Strategic Planning

  • Strong leadership abilities

  • Ability to work well in a team environment where diverse and sometimes opposing opinions are present

  • Ability to successfully mediate difficult conversations in such an environment

Deadline for Proposals: January 2nd, 2015

Please send all proposals along with a detailed resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to Board Chairperson, Ethan Jackson, at jack3704@mylaurier.ca no later than January 2nd, 2015 at 11:59PM.

Candidates that meet the proposal criteria outlined above will be invited to make a short presentation at the LSPIRG Board of Directors meeting on January 4th, 2015.

We're Hiring!

Attention all part-time job seekers! LSPIRG is hiring a part-time Office Assistant for 15h/week starting in January! See below for the job description and instructions to apply.

Job Profile - Office Assistant

The Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG) is a non-profit organization that envisions a society where people are empowered to be agents of change in pursuit of a just world. Through community collaboration, research, and education, LSPIRG provides opportunities for its members to be agents of social change.

Values:
·         Anti-oppression
·         Education
·         Social Justice
·         Community
·         Empowerment
·         Environmentalism
·         Volunteerism
·         Innovation
·         Accountability

Job Purpose: The Office Assistant is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day office activities of the Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG). This includes holding office hours, maintaining a weekly schedule for staff and volunteers, managing check-out systems for LSPIRG resource libraries, assisting with campus and community outreach activities, and assisting LSPIRG staff with various tasks as needed. The Assistant is responsible for adherence to organizational policies and strategic plans as set out by the Board of Directors.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Location, Period of Employment, & Compensation: The office assistant will work out of the Waterloo office at 165 Albert St. (3F), Waterloo, ON for 15 hours of work per week between Monday and Friday with one (1) three (3) hour shift per day. This is a part-time contract position with a start date of January 12th, 2015 with completion on April 30th, 2015. Contract is subject to renewal on a term basis after this. Starting hourly wage is $15/h.

General Duties & Responsibilities:
Office Management
Hold regular three (3) consecutive office hours per day from Monday through Friday

Communicate regularly with staff and volunteers to ensure schedules are communicated; update this regularly on the office calendar to ensure efficient scheduling

Manage LSPIRG’s general e-mail account; respond to e-mails and forward e-mails to appropriate staff and volunteers accordingly

Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and HiTask task management system considered an asset

Resource Management
Manage check-out systems for both the LSPIRG Library and the LSPIRG Tech cabinet, ensuring that appropriate paperwork is always filled out

Ensure LSPIRG office supplies are always well-stocked; order supplies when needed with adherence to the LSPIRG operational budget

Assist LSPIRG staff and volunteers in acquiring supplies for events and workshops

Outreach
Assist LSPIRG staff and volunteers with outreach activities including booth preparation and facilitation

Assist LSPIRG staff and volunteers with coordination and delivery of class talks
Teamwork

Work collaboratively with other staff members, volunteers, and Directors of the Board in a non-hierarchical environment to achieve organizational goals

Other Duties
Report to the Board of Directors as required

Assist LSPIRG staff and volunteers with various tasks and projects as they arise

 Qualifications
A passion for organizational values as stated above

Excellent time management and organization skills

Familiarity with student service organizations within a post-secondary context

Willing to work five (5) three (3) hour shifts between Monday-Friday with some flexibility and the occasional evening and weekend shifts when needed

Please send your cover letter and resume demonstrating suitability for the position according to qualifications listed above to hiring@lspirg.org no later that 11:59PM on Friday, January 2nd 2015.

CHATS & CHAPTERS

"Cars create distance. Medicine creates illness. Increasing productivity creates scarcity. Affluence creates poverty. The education system creates “generalized incompetence.”" 

If you would like to learn more or get a deeper look into the book "Ecology as Politics", a book talk will be held this Friday at 232 King Street North, Room K214 with Umair Muhammad followed by a workshop on Saturday also conducted by Umair Muhammad at the same location. 

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