OPIRG works to create and sustain student and community-based engagement through research, education and action on social justice and environmental issues; challenging oppression in all its forms; and using consensus-based decision-making in a non-hierarchical and accessible setting.
Why We’re Here
To provide a space and resources for Peterborough and Trent community members to work on programs, awareness-raising campaigns, workshops and other activities focusing on social justice issues; to encourage a critical approach to the institutions and systems students are learning about in classes; to facilitate skill building that will enable students to use their academic knowledge for social change. OPIRG carries out this mission through our work as a student-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and action on a variety of issues including environmentalism, human rights, gender rights, peace, sustainability, diversity rights and social equity, among others. OPIRG volunteers and staff members organize speakers, films, conferences, publications and campaigns on a wide variety of topics that fit within our mandate.
What is OPIRG?
Established in 1976, OPIRG Peterborough is a campus-based, community-oriented, non-profit organization committed to research, education and action on social justice and environmental issues. Each year, OPIRG staff and volunteers organize speakers, films, conferences, publications and campaigns on a wide variety of topics that fit within our mandate. We also offer skills development workshops and research-for-credit opportunities.
A volunteer board of directors works with one full-time staff person and several part time student staff people to administer the office and resource library, develop programming, allocate resources, and network with other campus and community organizations. The OPIRG board uses a consensus decision-making process and meets fortnightly during the school year. Board members are elected annually and usually serve a two-year term.