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**Summer Job Posting** Administrative Assistant

RPIRG Summer Administrative Assistant

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-run and funded non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, and action in the public interest. RPIRG exists to provide its members with the resources to be active citizens on the University of Regina campus and in the wider community.

RPIRG has been in operation since 2007. For more information about us, please visit our website www.rpirg.org


We are seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to conduct a survey of our partners organizations across Canada, and assist with other ongoing administrative projects. Current or returning University of Regina students will be prioritized for this position. This includes students enrolled through Campion College, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada.

Responsibilities

  • With guidance of Executive Director, draft and conduct survey on current priorities of counterpart organizations across Canada (approx. 20 organizations)
  • compile survey results into final report
  • assist with other programming, such as RPIRG’s annual leadership camp ‘Generating Momentum’ or other outreach activities
  • assist with other administrative needs, such as data collection or policy research

Requirements

Canada Summer Jobs requirements:

To be eligible, youth must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;

• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,

• have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Knowledge/awareness:

  • Non-profit and small office administration experience an asset
  • Knowledge of anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks an asset
  • Interest in social justice issues and community engagement an asset
  • Knowledge of current realities of student life and campus organizing an asset

Skills/Abilities:

  • Conducting surveys – including interviews, data collection, and reporting
  • Microsoft office applications – word, excel, powerpoint
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision while taking direction from staff
  • Policy research and drafting an asset
  • General office administration – communications,

Contract Period: 8 weeks from July 8-August 30, 2019

Hours of Work: 30 hours per week. Hours are flexible, and some administrative work can be completed out of office.

Location of work: is in Regina, Saskatchewan

Remuneration: $21.16/hr including vacation pay.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 3 at 12pm.

**We actively encourage applicants to identify if they are part of groups, communities, or have identities that experience barriers to equity**

To apply, please prepare the following:

  • Resume and Cover Letter, in one document (include your name in title of document). Cover letters should explain how your skills and experience will benefit you specifically in this role.
  • Contact information of two references

And send it to:

Krystal Lewis, Executive Director

(pronouns: she/her)

Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

info@rpirg.org

This position has been funded in part with generous support from the Canada Summer Jobs funding program.

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**Summer Job Posting** Communications and Outreach Assistant

RPIRG Summer Communications and Outreach Assistant

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-run and funded non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, and action in the public interest. RPIRG exists to provide its members with the resources to be active citizens on the University of Regina campus and in the wider community.

RPIRG has been in operation since 2007. For more information about us, please visit our website www.rpirg.org


We are seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to assist with communications and outreach planning, in line with our current strategic plan. Current or returning University of Regina students will be prioritized for this position. This includes students enrolled through Campion College, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada.

Responsibilities

  • With guidance from Outreach and Events Coordinator, develop and help to implement communications plan, guided by RPIRG’s 2018 strategic plan
  • Research best practices for communications and outreach
  • Assist with outreach planning – scheduling, drafting promotional materials, etc.
  • Lead September outreach activities – including advertising, tabling at events, initiating community and student partnerships, etc.
  • Assist with other general administrative needs, such as data collection or policy research

Requirements

Canada Summer Jobs requirements:

To be eligible, youth must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;

• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*; and,

• have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Knowledge/awareness:

  • Non-profit and small office administration experience an asset
  • Knowledge of anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks an asset
  • Interest in social justice issues and community engagement an asset
  • Knowledge of current realities of student life and campus organizing an asset

Skills/Abilities:

  • Policy research an asset
  • Microsoft office applications – word, excel, powerpoint
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision while taking direction from staff
  • Communications and marketing training
  • Community outreach

Contract Period: 10 weeks from July 8-September 13, 2019

Hours of Work: 30 hours per week. Hours are flexible, and some administrative work can be completed out of office.

Location of work: is in Regina, Saskatchewan

Remuneration: $21.16/hr including vacation pay.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 3 at 12pm.

**We actively encourage applicants to identify if they are part of groups, communities, or have identities that experience barriers to equity**

To apply, please prepare the following:

  • Resume and Cover Letter, in one document (include your name in title of document). Cover letters should explain how your skills and experience will benefit you specifically in this role.
    • Contact information of two references

And send it to:

Krystal Lewis, Executive Director

(pronouns: she/her)

Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

info@rpirg.org

This position has been funded in part with generous support from the Canada Summer Jobs funding program.

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New Campus Orchard – Call for Volunteers!

Volunteer gardeners needed: May 24th 9am-5pm, email info@rpirg.org to sign up!

After 5 years of planning, RPIRG is excited to announce the 2019 opening of our campus orchard project! In partnership with the University of Regina, and with financial contributions from Farm Credit Canada, the University of Regina Sustainability and Community Engagement Fund, and the City of Regina, RPIRG will be breaking ground on our campus orchard on Friday May 24th, 2019. Volunteers are needed to help plant over 50 varieties of perennial trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses in the new orchard space. 

The campus orchard is an extension of our Green Patch Student Garden project which provides fresh food to students and community members, serves as a model for campus sustainability, and hosts community workshops and student-led research projects every year.  “This orchard will contribute to the availability of fresh food on our campus, and spur more fruitful discussions about food security and sustainability” says Krystal Lewis, RPIRG’s executive director,  “It is a project that will directly benefit students for decades to come”. 

 The new orchard will be located on the Dr. Lloyd Barber academic green between the Research and Innovation Centre, Lab Building, and Classroom Building. The volunteer planting day will take place between 9am and 5pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All University of Regina students, staff, faculty, or community members who would like to contribute can email Krystal Lewis at info@rpirg.org to sign up. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves if they have them.  An official campus orchard opening party will take place during welcome week of the fall 2019 semester.  

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Letter to the University of Regina about Chartwells Food Service Contract

To: The University of Regina President, Student Affairs, and Supply Management   
(Dr. Vianne Timmons, John Smith, Bettina Walsh, Kimberly Mitchell, and Jim Woytuik)
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Pkwy,
Regina, SK S4S 0A2

In February of 2019, the University of Regina reported that they had declined to renew the contract with Chartwells Canada for the provision of food services on the University of Regina campus, and released a tender for these services. This decision came as a relief to many students who are dependent on the campus food system throughout the year. Under the previous contract with Chartwells Canada issues with appropriate food labeling, pest control, cost to students, availability of food services in off hours, and working conditions for food service employees have periodically come to the attention of the campus community. Unfortunately, these concerns have not been taken seriously by Chartwells Canada. It is therefore shocking that as a result of the tendering process the University of Regina has chosen Chartwells Canada to continue providing food services on our campus regardless of this record of past performance. We believe that this decision represents a serious risk to the reputation of our university, and the wellbeing of University of Regina Students.

The choice of food service provider is one which affects the health, safety, and standard of living of every University of Regina student, from those who live on campus and are required to purchase meal plans, to students who spend long hours working and studying on campus, to students who work in campus food services. As such, the needs of students must be of top concern for our university administration when making decisions about food service provision. The committee overseeing the selection process was given the opportunity to do this in meetings and interactions with several student groups who provided detailed and well-researched proposals for improving our campus food systems in the lead up to this decision. Based on the committee’s decision to re-contract Chartwells Canada for another five years, it does not appear that the work of these students and organizations was recognized or seriously considered.

We strongly urge the University of Regina to reconsider the proposed contract with Chartwells Canada, and to fully explore other, student-led, options for food service delivery on our campus.  Additionally, we demand that the selection metrics and reasoning behind this decision be made publicly available to students in the interest of transparency.

If Chartwells is to continue providing service on our campus the following issues MUST be addressed before a contract can be signed:

  1. Students who choose to or are required to purchase meal plans must have healthful and reliable after-hours options for meals on campus. This means extended hours of operation for Chartwells-run vendors, AND the option to use pre-purchased meal plans at other campus vendors like The Owl, Henderson’s, and Extreme Pita which already operate longer hours.
  2. Students employed in campus food services must be treated fairly in line with provincial labour standards. The University of Regina has stipulated that at least 10% of food service workers must be students, but the food service collective agreement includes an MOU which states that casual student employees can be paid an hourly wage 15% less than full or part time employees and are not eligible for additional employee benefits. This provision is exploitative, unjust, and disproportionately affects international students who rely on on-campus employment for income. Any contract with Chartwells Canada (or any other food service provider) must ensure that the 10% (or ideally more than 10%) of employees who are students are full or part time employees with regular hours and equitable pay and benefits.
  3. The affordability and quality of food on campus is essential to the over-all health of our campus community. The University of Regina must look out for students by implementing fair price guidelines for all food vendors on campus, and demanding that fresh whole food options be available to students at a reasonable price.
  4. Finally, any contract must protect students with specific cultural or health-related dietary needs and restrictions by implementing real consequences for unsafe food handling and labeling, as well as improved cultural competency training for food service staff working on our diverse campus. The World Health Organization states that the availability of culturally appropriate food is essential to food security. The repeated mislabelling of Halal and non-halal meats by Chartwells Canada vendors over the past several years is a severe violation of trust and a direct threat to the food security of University of Regina students. We need more than Chartwells Canada’s word that violations like this will not happen again. 

It is not too late for the University of Regina to look out for the students who live, work, and study on our campus and protect the university’s reputation as a safe and vibrant institution at which to study. The new contract with Chartwells Canada has not yet been ratified, and further negotiation or change in direction is still possible. Another contract with Chartwells Canada cannot be accepted without ensuring that the issues which led to the tendering process have been resolved to the satisfaction of students.

Sincerely;

Julian Wotherspoon
Outreach & Events Coordinator
Regina Public Interest Research Group

Co-signed by: UR Muslim Student Association, University of Regina Somali Student Association, Engineers Without Boarders Regina, URegina Student Food Working Group, WUSC Regina, and CUPE local 5791

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*If you are part of a campus group that would like to join the signing of this letter, please contact us!*

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STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY – Green Patch garden coordinator

RPIRG is seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to supervise and coordinate the eighth season of the RPIRG Green Patch.

**This position is ONLY being offered to current University of Regina students, including those registered through Campion College, Luther College, and the First Nations University of Canada**

The RPIRG Green Patch is a 5400 sq ft vegetable garden behind the Dr. John Archer Library at the University of Regina. It’s a source of sustainable, locally grown organic food – part of a campus movement for community engagement and sustainable development. In spring 2019 the Green Patch will also see the addition of an adjacent orchard.

The Green Patch is run by the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG), a student-run, student-funded non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, action and awareness in the public interest. RPIRG exists to provide its members with the resources to be active citizens on the University of Regina campus and in the greater community. RPIRG has been in operation since 2007.

For more Green Patch information, please visit our website www.rpirg.org  

Responsibilities

  • Planning garden plots and leading spring planting.
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers for garden planting, maintenance, and harvesting.
  • Ensuring the general maintenance of the garden, including following-up with volunteer work.
  • Supervising harvests and coordinating distribution of produce
  • Participating in and reporting to regular staff meetings, including bi-monthly activity reports.
  • Engage in outreach and community work to raise awareness of the garden – including giving tours, liaising on research projects, connecting with potential community partners, and organizing workshops
  • Producing a post-harvest report with a summary of activities and recommendations for future years of the project.

Requirements

Knowledge of:

  • Planting seasons and ideal growing conditions for various plants and vegetables in Saskatchewan
  • Organic garden upkeep and maintenance, including watering, weeding, pest management, etc.
  • Volunteer management, recruitment, and retention
  • Outreach work as well as event and workshop planning/leading

Skills/Abilities:

  • Interest in, and willingness to work in a leadership role with student and community volunteers
  • Experience planting and harvesting a variety of plants and vegetables
  • Self-motivated, ability to work without supervision, while taking directions from staff
  • Computer skills (internet, word processing, spreadsheets, social media)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and willingness to raise awareness about the garden in various capacities
  • Event and workshop planning experience
  • This position requires a considerable amount of physical labour – not necessarily heavy lifting, but lots of bending, squatting, handling produce, and more. The Green Patch is not currently accessible to most wheelchair or other mobility devices.

Contract Period: April 22 – September 27, 2019

Hours of Work: 30 hours per week, with potential for more depending on the feasibility of garden related projects. Hours are flexible, and most administrative work does not need to be completed in office.

Location of work: is in Regina, Saskatchewan

Remuneration: $20/hour plus vacation pay.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 8th at 12pm.

**We actively encourage applications from people who are part of groups, communities, or identities that experience barriers to equity**

To apply, please prepare the following:

  • Resume and Cover Letter, in one document (include your name in title of document). Cover letters should explain how your skills and experience will benefit you specifically in this role.
  • Contact information of two references

And send it to:
Krystal Lewis, Executive Director

Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

info@rpirg.org

**This position is ONLY being offered to current University of Regina students, including those registered through Campion College, Luther College, and the First Nations University of Canada**

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RPIRG Statement on bargaining between URFA and the University of Regina

The university community is currently consumed with talks of a potential academic staff strike – a strike which could be the first academic staff job action in the University’s history. After 2 years without a contract and a year at the bargaining table, mediation between the UofR and URFA has finished and all are waiting to see what happens after the two-week ‘cooling off’ period. Students are rightly concerned about how a potential strike could affect their studies, especially when we are so close to the end of the semester.

During this period, and on the eve of the 2019-2020 provincial budget, we want to provide some background information and situate these negotiations in the wider context of long term austerity-driven funding decisions by both the Saskatchewan government, and by extension public institutions like the University of Regina.

What the heck does austerity mean?
Austerity is a political-economic term which refers to reducing government debts through cuts to public spending. In Saskatchewan, the Sask Party has implemented austerity measures to deal with the drop in revenue from oil and other extractive resources in the last several years (for now let’s just ignore that this was largely due to their relying too heavily on resource extraction and not enough on, say, raising corporate tax rates for the richest in this province).

Saskatchewan’s austerity has led to consistent cuts to healthcare, education, social services and more – services which have already experienced decades of under-funding. The Sask Party has claimed that everyone has to tighten their belts and share in the work of balancing the budget, yet it is the people who rely on public funding the most–and are the least prepared to cushion the blow– that are disproportionately feeling the squeeze. Is the budget really balanced if it may actually lead to longer-term social costs down the road?

To add insult to injury, the corporate tax rate was actually initially REDUCED in the devastating 2017 provincial budget. It is clear that when the Sask Party says ‘everyone’ needs to tighten their belt they really mean students, the poor, folks with disabilities, families, seniors, etc.

Years of this austerity have conditioned the people of Saskatchewan to expect scarcity, and to fight each other for the ever dwindling scraps of public funding available. Including those of us who study and work in post-secondary institutions.But we must work together to reject the messages of austerity that divide us and work together to demand more of our governments and public institutions. 

What does austerity look like on our campus?
Public institutions can perpetuate austerity too! Government cuts to post-secondary education have been happening for a long time, but it is been particularly bad in the last few years. Rather than fighting back against these cuts, the University of Regina has resorted to cutting services, raising tuition, and seeking less reliable and less transparent private sector funding. Here are a few ways this has manifested on our campuses:

Rising tuition
Since the last tuition freeze ended in 2008, tuition has gone up at the UofR by 36% regardless of academic staff wages. This has disproportionately impacted international students, which the university has increasingly relied on for funding. In that time the largest wage increases have been for out-of-scope administrators, ironically including those fighting against an equitable deal for academic staff. For the university to claim that and increase in academic staff wages will raise tuition is manipulative and disingenuous.

With tuition, and administrative salaries, on the rise, the Saskatchewan Government doubled down on students by making deep cuts to students loans, income assistance, and scholarships in both the 2017 an 2018 budgets, making it harder than ever for Saskatchewan students to get by.

URSU has recently launched a tuition freeze campaign in response to these increases, and we encourage students to get involved!

Creeping corporate influence on campus and lack of transparency
As post-secondary institutions increasingly solicit and rely on corporate funding to make up for cuts to public funding. There have been growing concerns about the influence this has on teaching and research. For example: the ongoing legal action against the UofR by professor Emily Eaton after the university denied her access to details about corporate research grants (even after the provincial privacy commissioner ruled that they should release the information!).

Pitting students against faculty
Throughout the bargaining process, the university administration has unfairly used their access to all-student communications to misrepresent the bargaining process, and imply that any increase in wages or other working conditions for academic staff will inevitably lead to an increase in tuition. The University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA), who does not have the same level of access to students, has consistently refuted much of the information being presented, and students would be well served by checking these out, and to attend our March 20th info session, where they can speak directly with URFA members.

Most disappointingly, it seems URSU has bought into the administration’s divide-and-conquer tactics, and has released statements which unquestioningly parrot misinformation supplied by the university administration. We as students must ask ourselves – who does this narrative serve? Whose back are funding cuts being balanced on? Is it equitable? Who holds the power in these situations?

Linking rising tuition directly to equitable wages and working conditions is only possible if we believe that austerity budgets and funding cuts are the only solution to our debt. It is a scare tactic created to silence those who are already targeted by public funding cuts. Austerity approaches have existed for decades and there are huge and growing bodies of evidence and movements denouncing and discrediting them. To the austerity cheerleaders out there, we have one clear solution:

TAX THE RICH Y’ALL!

  • The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

RPIRG is a non-profit student-led resource centre at the University of Regina. We encourage and support student engagement on social and environmental justice issues both on campus and in the wider community.

Other links and resources:

2007-2018 University of Regina tuition comparison data and chart

CCPA report ‘SaskNotes: The Futility of Saskatchewan’

Stop the Cuts movement website

below are great short videos that introduce the concept of austerity, sharing them is NOT an endorsement of the UK’s Labour Party

Why austerity doesn’t work

Jenga video explaining austerity

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**STUDENT JOB POSTING – CAMP COORDINATOR**

JOB POSTING: CAMP COORDINATOR

 

Job Posting – Generating Momentum Program Coordinator

**Must be a University of Regina Student to apply**

Generating Momentum is an activist leadership training camp for youth between the ages of 18-35. The camp is focused on educating, training, and organizing around social and environmental justice issues, and giving youth the tools to make meaningful change in their communities. The camp discusses the interconnectedness of social, economic, ecologic, or global justice issues through lenses such as sexuality, gender, allyship, decolonization, and environmental justice.

Unlike in past years, Generating Momentum will run this year over two weekends – June 1-2, 2019 (Regina) August 16-18, 2019 (Saskatoon & Prince Albert). For more information about Generating Momentum, check out the website: https://generatingmomentumcamp.wordpress.com. This camp is run in partnership between the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG – rpirg.org) the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC – earthbeat.sk.ca), and Next Up Saskatchewan (nextup.ca).

Responsibilities

The coordinator will be the lead coordinator for logistics of the camp, with oversight and help from the Generating Momentum Planning Committee. They will be principally responsible for:

  • Registration
  • Advertising and outreach
  • Managing relationships with facilitators, venues, and caterers
  • Grant/sponsorship support
  • On-site coordination
  • Keeping detailed notes on their work and the planning process

Qualifications and Experience **Must be a University of Regina Student to apply**

General

  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, Photoshop or Canva, and WordPress
  • Experience with grants and sponsorship requests
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and experience with public speaking
  • Knowledge of anti-oppressive approaches and inclusive program design an asset
  • Interest in social justice issues and community engagement is important

Event planning

  • Previous camp or conference coordination is an asset
  • Experience working in collaborative environments – ability to work cooperatively with others to set goals, resolve conflicts, and make decisions, both give and receive direction
  • Excellent time management, decision making, organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal skills – to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain positive, strategic working relationships with key stakeholders and decision-makers
  • Must be able to work independently

Event promotion

  • Experience using Photoshop, Canva, or equivalent program to create posters and promotion materials
  • Experience managing social media accounts and promoting events online
  • Ability to update and manage a WordPress website

Contract Period This position is a 6-month contract of up to 550 hours from mid-February to approximately August 23, 2019.

Hours of Work vary depending on each planning phase of camp but will generally be 15 hours per week through the winter semester and the final week of the contract, roughly 25 hours per week from Apr 1-May 24, and 40 hours for each of the two weeks of the camp. There is some flexibility available on this, to be negotiated through regular check-ins with the planning committee.

Location of work is in Regina, SK, with some travel required in August. A dedicated office space will be available, but most of the hours can be worked on the student’s own time. Attendance at weekly in-person meetings, and (minimum) monthly planning committee meetings are required.

Remuneration: $21.16/hr, including vacation pay.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

**We actively encourage applications from people who are part of groups, communities, or identities that experience barriers to equity**

To apply, please prepare the following and send it to:

Krystal Lewis, Executive Director

Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

info@rpirg.org

  • Resume and Cover Letter, in one document (include your name in title of document). Cover letters should explain how your skills and experience will benefit you specifically in this role.
  • Contact information of two references
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**STUDENT JOB POSTING – RESEARCH ASSISTANT**

Job Posting: Student Researcher

[image caption: a comically large lawn sign that reads “now hiring now – right now we’re hiring now”]

**the following position is ONLY being offered to current University of Regina students, including those registered through Campion College, Luther College, and the First Nations University of Canada**

Project Title
‘What Are My Rights?’ Employee rights education project

Project Summary
The ‘What are my Rights?’ Project seeks to spread education about the rights of people living and working in Saskatchewan, ranging from tenant to employee rights, and more.

Project partners – the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) – are seeking a Student Research Assistant to research and contribute to the development of educational materials about employee rights in Saskatchewan, as a first piece of the wider ‘What Are My Rights?’ project.

Main Responsibilities
● Collect and compile data from other service organizations that run employment-related workshops in Saskatchewan, as well as relevant federal and provincial labour standards legislation
● Create framework for training workshop and other materials

Required Skills and Abilities
● Technical skills: Microsoft Office
● Effective communication skills, both oral and written
● Ability to work largely unsupervised, under the direction of a research committee
● Strong organization and time management skills as well as ability to complete assigned work on time
● Distilling research into an accessible workshop framework
● Program development/education background is an asset
● Policy analysis skills are an asset
● Familiarity of existing labour standards legislation is an asset
● Familiarity with anti-oppressive/racist/colonialist and feminist frameworks is an asset

Qualifications
● Third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Regina

Schedule & Wage
The student researcher will be contracted to work approx. 95 hours between January 21 and April 5, 2019. Weekly hours and location of the work are flexible. Wage ranges from $21.16/hr to $25.80/hr, informed by CUPE 2419 undergrad/graduate wage rates.

**We actively encourage applications from people who are part of groups, communities, or identities that experience barriers to equity**

To apply, please prepare the following and send it to:
Krystal Lewis, Executive Director
Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)
info@rpirg.org

• Resume and Cover Letter, in one document (include your name in title of document)
• Contact information of two references

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday, January 16th at 8am

A PDF version of this job posting can be found here

Project Partners
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour represents over 100,000 members, from 37 national and international unions. Our affiliate membership belongs to over 500 locals across Saskatchewan and represents dozens of communities. We strive to improve working people’s lives throughout the province, whether organized or unorganized, and regardless of affiliation to the Federation. The SFL serves as Saskatchewan’s “voice of working people” in speaking on local, provincial, national, and even international issues. We support the principles of social unionism and struggle for social and economic justice for all.

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-funded and student-led resource centre at the University of Regina. They encourage and support student learning and organizing around social and environmental justice issues through research, education, and action.

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Apathy into Action 2019 – January 25-26

RPIRG’s 12th annual Apathy Into Action Social Justice Conference will be held January 25th and 26th 2019 in the Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) Atrium on the University of Regina Campus.

Friday sessions are all one hour drop-in style, and on Saturday we will have two full-day training streams to pick from.

Click here to register for Saturday Sessions!

Lunch, snacks, and coffee will be provided. On-site child-minding is available on Saturday January 25th. This event is FREE! Because space in the Saturday workshops are limited, we request that all participants register ahead of time.

Friday drop-in sessions:

10am: We Have to Talk About Consent! Hosted by Lynn Thera, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPR) Coordinator at the University of Regina

11am: Winning the Renewable Regina Campaign. Hosted by the Regina Blue Dot Movement

1pm: Addressing Racism on our Campus. Hosted by Heather O’Watch

2pm: McGill Student Strikes and Student Mobilization hosted by the Social Work Student Association from McGill University

Saturday Workshop Intensives:

Positive Space Training hosted by UR Pride Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Saturday January 26th 10am-3:30pm
This training is part lecture, part discussion and part activity. The lecture consists of the foundational knowledge for LGBTQ+ communities and solidarity with these communities. The discussion will mostly revolve around the ways in which gender and sexuality are understood by the participants, along with some discussion about presented case scenarios. The activities range from self-exploration activities to role-play activities which generally allow people to explore their own biases and understandings of gender and sexually diverse communities.

Building Collective Action: Student Tools for Change Hosted by NextUp Saskatchewan

Saturday January 26th 10am-3:30pm
This full-day intensive will include TWO parts!

1) Leadership and Activism 101 with Manuela Valle-Castro
In this session we learn and unpack some of basics of organizing and discuss the challenges of activism under neoliberalism. What are some of the different ways of engaging in social justice and change? What are some of the characteristics of effective leadership? How do we build movements for social justice while addressing the presence of sexism, homophobia and white privilege? What are other students doing around the world to resist austerity and corporate influence in university spaces? We will also share some practical skills on how to plan strategies for particular goals, including how to build alliances, make decisions that are democratic and create accountability in our relationships.

2) Messing with the Media with Saima Desai
This session will examine who the heck is “the media”? And why couldn’t it be you? We’re yaught to believe that the media has a monopoly on truth and objectivity. People trust the mainstream media–Until they don’t. As activists, we’re often fighting with the media to try and get our actions and messages to reach the public. But what if you could just…Make your own media?

Click here to register for Saturday Sessions!

Conference Logistics:

Transportation:
In the interest of keeping this conference as sustainable as possible, please consider taking public transit or carpooling to the conference with your friends. Google Maps is a quick and easy tool to get a trip plan that suits your needs: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/University+of+Regina/@50.416701,-104.5940377,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x531ea090798fa7ab:0x47e1c32f9f870c24

 

Parking

FRIDAY: Parking is available in lot 2 (Visitor Pay Lot; $12.00/day) in front of the Dr. William Riddell Centre Building or at meters ($2.00/hr).

SATURDAY: You may park for free in lot 2 (Visitor Pay Lot). If you require accessible parking, there are metered stalls in front of the College West Building (also free on weekends). You can find maps of all parking lots at this link: https://www.uregina.ca/fm/parking/assets/images/page-pictures/Main%20Campus%2013Dec16.pdf

Dishware:
Mugs and cups will be provided at the conference. We strongly encourage you to bring your own water bottle for the day. Fair trade coffee and tea will be provided in the morning and there are multiple water fountains close to the workshop locations.

 

Food
For your safety, if you have not indicated any restrictions (especially food allergies) in your registration please email outreach@rpirg.org at your earliest convenience.

If you indicated you will be attending over the lunch hour, lunch will be provided for you. If you are only attending one workshop you are welcome to come eat with us and network over the lunch hour. Food options are very limited on campus on the weekends, so do not count on campus food vendors. We apologize for any inconvenience this may pose.

Accessibility
The building in which workshops are being held are equipped with an elevator, curb ramps from the street, and wheelchair accessible bathroom stalls.

The building is NOT equipped with an all gender washroom, however one is located in the next building over (Lab Building) on the first floor.

Workshop hand-outs and other materials can be made available in large-print. Copies may be requested in advance for anyone who learns best with time to prepare.

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Our Turn – University of Regina survey is now live!

From now until December 6, 2018, students and alumni from the past 5 years can fill out the Our Turn – University of Regina survey to provide feedback on sexual assault policies on campus. For more information about Our Turn, the survey, and how you can help spread the word, visit here.

The more people that fill the survey out, the more baseline data we will have! More data will help to better inform advocacy work to make our campus a safer space for everyone.

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