Working Groups Make A Difference
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 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
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 @opirgmcmaster.org email account
The support of the entire OPIRG organization (Staff, Board, Volunteers)
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 led primarily by McMaster Undergrads plus interested community members
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.
2016-2017 Working Groups
More Information about Working Groups
Applications for working groups are in the fall of each academic year. Returning working groups can reapply in the spring prior to the next school year.
Read the OPIRG McMaster WORKING GROUP POLICY before applying. Contact Randy, OPIRG Coordinator of Volunteers, at email@example.com 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.