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 focuses 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 students at Wilfrid Laurier University are automatically members of LSPIRG through their student fees. People who are not undergraduate 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 research project
- Apply for funding
- Vote at our Annual General Meetings
- Run for the Board of Directors
- Volunteer with LSPIRG
Non-full-time undergraduate students can become a member (and thus have access to all member benefits) by applying to be a Community Member and paying a one year membership of $24.
You say LSPIRG is student-funded, what does that mean?
It means we are a non-profit funded through a levy on full-time undergraduate student fees. This fee is refundable when requested through the Registrars Office. This levy was voted into existence through a student referendum vote. We use this funding to host events and campaigns, fund students and community initiatives, hire staff, and 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 5 staff members between both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Board of Directors meetings occur once a month throughout the year and are open to the membership (contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend). We have also recently established a Steering Committee on the Brantford campus. The role of this group is to help make programming based decisions for the Brantford campus. All major decisions around budget etc. still goes through the Board of Directors.
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 Diversity and Equity Office, 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/Steering Committee, or just stop by the office and we can talk about other ways to get involved!