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about wpirg

We are a student-run, student-funded organization based at the University of Waterloo. All UW undergrads are members of WPIRG and have access to free events, resources, skills training, and a supportive community. Our staff support us in fostering an environment where we can research and take action on issues most relevant to us.

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The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group was founded in 1973 with the mission of fostering and supporting UW students and others to research, educate, and take action on environmental and social justice issues while:

  • Motivating community participation and responsibility by encouraging members and others to be concerned, informed, and active in their community.
  • Recognizing the interconnectedness, and pursuing an integrative analysis, of social justice and environmental issues.
  • Respecting and encouraging local and global ecosystem integrity.
  • Encouraging diversity and social equality for all people by opposing all forms of oppression such as those based on gender, “race”, class, sexual orientation, age, cultural heritage/ethnicity, religion, gender orientation, ability and physical appearance.
  • Working in a cooperative and non-hierarchical way, employing a consensus decision-making process and recognizing the necessity of people affected to participate in those processes.
It is hard to imagine a more student-centred and student-driven organization. I have often worked with WPIRG to present lectures and other educational events to students and members of the UW community. So I know that WPIRG works — and it works for students!
— David Seljak, Director, St. Jerome’s Centre for Catholic Experience, St. Jerome’s University

endorsements

Click on the names of our supporters listed below to read what they have to say about WPIRG’s contributions to social and environmental justice work in local and international contexts.

friends

UW is a big place and sometimes the best way to support social and environmental justice action is to fund or collaborate with other student groups and initiatives. By partnering to co-organize events or through our Campus, Community and Indigenous Solidarity donations, WPIRG members have proudly supported and worked with the groups listed below (and more). Click on the titles to learn more about these amazing students and their work.

ABORIGINAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION

CONRAD GREBEL PEACE SOCIETY

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS - UW CHAPTER

FEMPHYS

GLOW CENTRE FOR SEXUAL AND GENDER DIVERSITY

ONTARIO UNITED FRONT OF HONG KONG STUDENTS (OUFHK)

STUDENTS FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS

UW BLACK ASSOCIATION FOR STUDENT EXPRESSION

UW MUSLIM STUDENTS ASSOCIATION

UW STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PAKISTAN

UW WOMEN'S CENTRE

UW WOMEN IN STEM

WATERLOO ABORIGINAL EDUCATION CENTRE

WOMEN IN SCIENCE: UWATERLOO

WOMEN IN COMPUTER SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE COMMITTEE