Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)
Established in 1988, VIPIRG is a non-profit organization that uses research, education, and advocacy to explore social and environmental justice issues.
The goal of our community based research is to promote mutual, respectful, and empowering partnerships between researchers and communities with research needs. In addition to publishing research, we offer various resources for UVic students such as a library and textbooks, scholarships and grants, and a free compost initiative to encourage students to grow their own food. Additionally, VIPIRG hosts monthly events and an annual conference.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US!
"All advocates and all levels of government need sound information based on facts obtained from RESEARCH to form successful policies.
Parent groups are recommending student advocates to all 60 school district boards throughout BC and the VIPIRG would provide invaluable support to them.
Dec 12, 2016
"vipirg knows what's up - forever and for always, providing that necessary support for marginalized students on campus - and staying real fly in the process, your work has benefited me and the communities i am part of in countless ways - give thanks for what you do and ganbatte (do your best) in the face of all those who tryna steal your shine"
Dec 12, 2016
"I worked for and later was on the board of VIPIRG in the late 80s and early 90s. It was an invaluable part of my education. It also contributed strongly to UVic through its resources and advocacy. At a time when this concept was new and radical, we started and ran a recycling program on campus, educated everyone on what that was, and created a classroom kit so teachers could teach kids about recycling. We also convinced the bookstore to sell recycled paper, the cafeteria to use real cups, etc., and the university to improve facilities for those who biked to school and to create carpooling parking spots. And much more, including critical interfaces between students and the broader community."
Dec 9, 2016
"I was on the PIRG board when it became VIPIRG in about 1988. As well as the items mentioned, we did solid work on Victoria's social issues such as for homeless street kids back then. VIPIRG is a valuable resource that is a great asset to the community and has been for over 30 years."
Dec 9, 2016