RPIRG News & Events


Welcome Tressa Nielsen, our new O & E Coordinator!

Tressa joined RPIRG May 1 as the new Outreach and Events Coordinator.

TressaI am in my fourth year of Social Work at the University of Regina and a member of the Social Work Student Society. I hope to one day work with seniors in the area of either palliative or end of life care. In addition to my schooling, I am also interested in enviromental justice, especially in the areas of sustainable housing and eating. My other passions are currently animals and yoga. I came from a family with five wonderful dogs and currently live with a betta fish and aquatic frog. I look forward to becoming involved with the RPIRG team and feel grateful to have been given this wonderful opportunity!

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Hiring: Student Researcher!

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) and Regina Green Ride Transit Network are working together to facilitate a community-based action research project with our local community. RPIRG is 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. Regina Green Ride Transit Network is a working group based at the University of Regina that exists to facilitate the increased usage of sustainable transportation in Regina.

Project: U-Pass Research Project

Typical Duties and Responsibilities: The student researcher will be working closely with university and community partners involved in discussion about bringing a Universal Bus Pass to the University of Regina. Partners involved in the project include the University of Regina Students Union, the City of Regina, and Regina Green Ride. Duties will include compiling information about the U-Pass program in other cities and creating a cost-recovery analysis and social return on investment forecast for a potential U-Pass program in Regina.

Qualifications: Open to qualified University of Regina undergraduate or graduate students. Required skills include strong research and written communication skills, experience or education in policy and financial analysis, the ability to work independently, good interpersonal skills and basic computer skills. Interest in transportation issues and experience working with community organizations is an asset. Travel in Regina may be required. The successful candidate is expected to attend a training course on Social Return on Investment from June 11-12, 2014.

Schedule: Approximately 10-15 hours/week during the period of May-August 2014. Start date of May 20, 2014.

Salary: Negotiable based on experience and student seniority.

To apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested to: info[at]rpirg.org, phone: 337-2420.

Deadline: May 2, 2014

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Summer Funding Round

Hit the ground running this fall with $$ and support for a project, event, or training!

If you have an idea for an event, project, or group that would work towards social and environmental justice initiatives, we can help! Any student can submit an application to hold an event, bring in a speaker, have a rally, throw a gala, go to a conference, host a workshop, or any number of things that promote a social or environmental justice issue.

You can find application forms and examples of successful applications here: www.rpirg.org/funding

The deadline for applications for the summer funding round is June 1.

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The Job You’ve Been Waiting For! RPIRG Hiring Outreach and Events Coordinator

Job Description: Outreach & Events Coordinator

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is 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.

**This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in regular board meetings and committee meetings, by participating in the consensus decision making process, providing all relevant information to the board, including activity reports, and following up with board and staff to ensure the timely completion of tasks.
  • Event coordination: Organize, plan, promote, recruit and carry out all aspects of RPIRG’s events, including Welcome Week, Annual General Meetings, elections, conferences and campaigns.
  • Community relations/networking: Establish contacts and maintain communication with students, campus groups, U of R faculty, and community groups for the purpose of outreach and community awareness on issues of public interest.
  • Marketing to raise awareness of RPIRG student opportunities and events, including producing a monthly newsletter, ensuring board and staff attendance at funded events, creating and ordering PR materials, , and updating web content.
  • Work with board and staff to allocate funds for student-led working groups and projects. Support RPIRG working groups and all funded student projects.
  • Volunteer coordination: recruitment, retention and management of the organization’s volunteers.
  • Facilitating, ordering, and organization of the alternative library resources.

Requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Public interest issues relevant to students and/or the community of Regina
  • Volunteer management, recruitment and retention
  • Event coordinating and management

Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work without supervision
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Computer skills (internet, word processing, spreadsheets, graphic design)
  • Interest in and willingness to work in a leadership role with student volunteers, using a consensus decision-making process

Contract Period: May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015, with possibility for renewal.

Hours of Work: 20.0 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

Reports to: Reports to and accepts direction from the Board of Directors and the Executive Director

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Hiring: Green Patch Coordinator

RPIRG is now hiring for the Green Patch Coordinator position for the 2014 season!

**This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

In partnership with Wascana Centre Authority, Facilities Management at the U of R, the Institute francais, and First Nations University of Canada, we are seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to supervise and coordinate the third season of the RPIRG Green Patch, the third garden in Regina’s Edible Campus project.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning garden plot contents 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 between volunteers and community partners.
  • Participating in steering committee meetings, as well as providing all relevant information to the steering committee, including bi-monthly activity reports.
  • Establishing contacts and maintaining communication with students, campus groups, U of R faculty, and community groups for the purpose of outreach and community awareness of the garden.
  • Developing and delivering or coordinating workshops and lessons for U of R classes and campus organizations
  • 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

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 a committee
  • Computer skills (internet, word processing, spreadsheets)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and willingness to raise awareness about the garden in various capacities

Contract Period: May 1, 2013-October 4, 2013 with possibility of a few hours in April

Hours of Work: 20 hours per week with possibility of more hours

Application Deadline: March 24, 2014

For more information, please visit: http://rpirg.org/events-projects/reginas-edible-campus/

Email a CV/resume and cover letter to info[at]rpirg.org

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Nominations Open for RPIRG Board of Directors

RPIRG is having its Annual General Election!

We are now accepting nominations for Board of Director positions! The RPIRG Board of Directors is composed of 8 Student Members of RPIRG. It is the decision-making body of RPIRG, which makes all major decisions regarding finances, long-term goals, long-term viability of the organization, staffing, and funding applications.

For more information about RPIRG, and our Board of Directors, please visit our About Us pages.

Election Timeline:
Nominations Open: February 24 @ 9:00 a.m.
Nominations Close: March 9 @ 4:00 p.m.
Campaigning: March 10 – March 16
Online Voting: March 17 – 20

To run for our Board of Directors, please download and complete the election nomination form.

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Thought-provoking Public Events

RPIRG is organizing three exciting public events!

On February 7th, Gwynne Dyer, Canadian journalist and author, will be speaking at the University of Regina on the “Triumph of Violence”. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm at the Education Auditorium, ED 106. For more details visit the event Facebook page.

On February 14th, we are hosting a social movements and organizing panel: Revolution in the Time of Love at Bushwakker Brewpub at 7 pm. The panelists (Aidan Conway, Erica Lee, Leah Keiser, and Michelle Stewart) will discuss labour solidarity, and LGBTQ social movements immigration and refugee concerns. Check out the event Facebook page.

On February 15th, Beautiful Trouble trainers and seasoned activists, Tracey Mitchell and Morrigan Phillips, will share personal activism stories and inspire the university students and community members with new ideas of how to make positive changes in the local community. The presentation will take place at the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina at 7 pm. For more information on Beautiful Trouble and the presenters visit the event Facebook page.

All three events are free and open to the students and community members.

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Apathy into Action schedule is up!

The sessions for our 7th annual Apathy into Action conference have been finalized!

I’m really passionate about an issue – what are the first steps to becoming active and making a difference?

My landlord is treating me terribly. What can I do?

I’m keen on science, but I’m not a scientist. How can I contribute to the body of scientific knowledge?

How can I do creative fundraising for my organization or cause?

Answers to these and more questions are here!

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Save the Date! Apathy into Action in January

apathymegaphoneRPIRG’s annual social justice conference, Apathy into Action, takes place January 23-25, 2014. Free and open to the university community and members of the public, the conference will feature presentations on:

  • housing and renters’ rights
  • food sovereignty
  • University bus pass campaign
  • investigative techniques for citizens
  • social justice and religious allies

…And more! Also, on Saturday, we are offering two skill-building workshops: Anti-Oppression and Creative Fundraising.

Check our conference page for updates!

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RPIRG Has a New Outreach and Events Coordinator!

Welcome, Nikolina !

Nikolina Vracar is RPIRG’s new Outreach and Events Coordinator. She is a graduate student at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Her interests include housing and environmental sustainability. Nikolina has been an integral part of RPIRG working groups SEARCH and Fruit for Thought. She is an active volunteer on the campus and in the local community.

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