Working Groups

OPIRG McMaster accepts applications for volunteer social justice and environmental working groups with a specific public interest focus. A working group is a primarily student-based collective focused on specific issues. Working group members meet regularly to educate themselves and engage their local and global community. Working groups are open to anyone interested in becoming active on important local and international issues.

All working groups use consensus decision-making and anti-oppression principles. OPIRG provides provides the working groups with funding and ongoing support, and also provides free training workshops each term to assist students with developing these skills. and operate using anti-oppression and consensus decision making models.

 What OPIRG Provides Working Groups:

  • Orientation to OPIRG McMaster
  • Skills Development Workshops
  • Base funding ($250)
  • Special Project funding (up to $1250)
  • Access to campus room booking and OPIRG Resource Centre
  • Networking opportunities
  • Tools – button maker, projector, computer programs (CS) etc.
  • Promotional support – web – social media – campus posters
  • Space on OPIRG’s Web Site and event calendar
  • Use of OPIRG McMaster’s name and connections
  • An email account
  • The support of the entire OPIRG organization (Staff, Board, Volunteers)

Start a working group

Applications for working groups are accepted in winter and spring each academic year. Applications for winter working groups have closed. Check again in April 2017 for applications for 2017-2018 academic year.

Read the OPIRG McMaster WORKING GROUP POLICY before applying. Contact Randy, OPIRG Coordinator of Volunteers, at or 905-525-9140 x26026 if you want to talk about your ideas first. When you are ready fill out our application! Applications are reviewed by the OPIRG Board of Directors who meet with applicants to ask questions about the proposal before deciding which groups will be accepted.

Tips for working groups

  • you should have a clear public interest goal for your group
  • your overall strategy will address how to make meaningful change
  • your goal should be achievable given demands of school/work/family
  • your group will be primarily McMaster Undergrads plus interested community members
  • your group will have a strategy to recruit volunteers for meaningful task
  • our policy does not allow outside groups to open McMaster “chapters” through our working group process

If you do not qualify for a working group, you can explore other avenues of support from OPIRG.