University of Oregon

Our chapter-wide meetings are every Tuesday at 7pm in Willamette 110.

For information about weekly meetings for our current campaigns (Hunger & Homelessness, No Pipelines, Save the Bees, and Democracy) email our chapter chair Ivan Chen at

OSPIRG is effective because we teach students the skills they need to get their voices heard on campus and in Salem and Washington D.C. Get involved to make a difference, gain skills, build your resume, and learn more about organizing models, coalition-building, lobbying elected officials, and working with the media.

OSPIRG is a statewide student-directed and student-funded non-profit that works on issues that affect all Oregonians. OSPIRG has been on the campus of the University of Oregon since 1971 when students worked together to bring about a new way of addressing important political issues. The organization was influenced by the idea that there are more problems than we should tolerate and more solutions than we implement. OSPIRG trains students to stand up to powerful special interests and to make tangible impacts in their campus community and beyond.


Spring 2017 Campaigns

This Winter, OSPIRG will be running public education and advocacy campaigns on four issues:  Fighting Hunger & Homelessness, No Pipelines, Save the Bees, and Big Money out of Politics. For more information about our campaigns you can attend our weekly chapter meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm in Willamette 110 or contact our chapter chair Ivan Chen.


Chapter Vice-Chair Tan Perkins with Oregon Governor Kate Brown

OSPIRG Leaders past and present- with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum


Vote YES for OSPIRG!

Monday, April 10, 2017
By University of Oregon

** Vote YES for OSPIRG! ** Vote yes for student advocacy! **
Vote ONLINE on Duck Web
Monday to Thursday, April 10-13, 
in the Student Government Elections.

Go to, click student menu, click Vote Now 2017 ASUO Regular Elections. Scroll to the very bottom, vote yes on OSPIRG, question 98.

**What is OSPIRG?**

OSPIRG (the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group) is a statewide, student-directed nonprofit. We train student leaders and engage the student body on important issues like environmental protection, hunger relief, and the cost of college. OSPIRG started at the University of Oregon in 1971, when students first voted to form and fund a chapter. We stand up for the public against powerful special interests; and, by pairing student passion with staff expertise we get results. UO students have an opportunity this week to vote to maintain OSPIRG’s funding on campus.

* Social change & advocacy *
* Environmental protection *
* Promoting civic engagement *
* Protecting public health *

**Recent Victories**

FIGHTING GLOBAL WARMING - In 2016 we helped pass the Coal to Clean bill, which got our state to commit to get off of dirty coal energy, and to get 50% of our energy from renewable sources like solar and wind.

PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH - In 2015, students joined a national campaign that convinced Subway and McDonald’s to commit to serving all meat raised without antibiotics to protect our life saving medicines and public health. In 2017, we convinced KFC to follow suit. Now the majority of the American poultry industry is raised without routine antibiotics.

MAKING COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE - We helped pass the Affordable Textbooks bill which limited publishing companies’ abilities to rip students off. We also helped pass the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which increased federal financial aid by $36 billion.

ALLEVIATING HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS - We partner with Food for Lane County to collect over 3,000 food and clothing items for our community each year.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT - Every year we help 9,000 UO take action on an issue they care about like signing a petition, lobbying or calling in to their legislator, donating to charity, or learning new information about a policy issue. Through our internship program we are training the next generation of leaders. State leaders like Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and State Rep Nancy Nathanson got their start as OSPIRG interns at UO.

**Vote YES for OSPIRG**

**Funded through a $1.75 fee**
We are currently funded through a fee allocation of $1.75 per-student per-term. Voting yes will maintain this SAME fee for the next two years with NO increase or decrease, and make the fee refundable. Our student fee is less than 1% of the student government budget. We pool this money with other chapters across the state in a statewide student association to have more advocacy power, and so we can hire professional organizers who help give students a voice on issues that concern us as citizens and who train us to be more effective social change agents.

The best way to get involved with one of our campaigns is by becoming an OSPIRG intern! You can apply through the online form above or by emailing

You can also hear more about our campaigns by coming to chapter meetings every Tuesday at 7pm in Willamette 110 or email our chapter chair Ivan Chen at

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