Frequently Asked Questions
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What does LSPIRG even mean?
LSPIRG (pronounced L-S-PURG) stands for Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group. Super long name - that's why we use the acronym!
What is a Public Interest Research Group?
A Public Interest Research Group (or PIRG) is a politically-oriented and social-justice minded organization that is typically connected to a university or college. PIRGs focus on issues that are chosen by their volunteers and relevant to their community. PIRGS traditionally focus on social and environmental activism, community organizing, research, and education.
Who is a member of LSPIRG?
All undergraduate and graduate students at Wilfrid Laurier University are automatically members of LSPIRG through their student fees, if they do not opt-out. People who are not WLU students are welcome to become members by being a Community Member and applying online. That said, anyone is welcome to attend our events and stop by the office!
What does being an LSPIRG member mean or get me?
It means you're awesome! Well, and a bunch of other things too. Being a member provides opportunities such as:
Start or join a Research and Action Group
Start a grassroots and/or academic research project
Run for the Board of Directors to get professional experience in the non-profit sector
Freely access to our Radical Library
Apply for funding
Vote at our Annual General Meetings
Freely borrow our tech equipment
Volunteer with LSPIRG
You say LSPIRG is student-funded, what does that mean?
It means we are a non-profit funded through a levy on undergrad and graduate student fees. This levy was voted into existence through a student referendum vote—students wanted there to be a hub for student activism and community engagement! Students can opt-out if they do not want to be members. We use this funding to host events (like workshops on how to grow your own food, or on sexual pleasure), and campaigns (like our pronoun campaign), fund student and community initiatives, and pay two staff to keep LSPIRG running!
Who makes the decisions at LSPIRG?
As a non-profit organization, LSPIRG is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of both student and community directors. We also have two staff members between both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.
Where is LSPIRG located?
In Waterloo, we are located at 165 Albert Street on the 3rd floor. We are the big yellow house on the corner of Albert and Seagram. We acknowledge and apologize that our office is not physically accessible. It requires walking up three flights of stairs. Please notify us of your accessibility needs so that we may accommodate you accordingly.
In Brantford, we are located at 95 Darling St. We are on the top floor of the St. Andrews Community Centre and share space with the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant, and the Women's Centre. This space is physically accessible. If you have any other accessibility needs or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.
How can I get involved?
We have many opportunities to get involved. You can volunteer with our volunteer program, get involved with a Working Group, start your own Working Group, join the Board of Directors, or just stop by the office and we can talk about other ways to get involved! We want to support you and your advocacy. Everyone is always welcome to reach out - contact firstname.lastname@example.org