University of Oregon

Our chapter-wide meetings are every Tuesday at 7pm in Lillis 175.

Campaign Meetings:

Hunger & Homelessness- Monday's at 6pm in Lillis 185

Protect Antibiotics- Tuesday's at 6pm in Lillis 111

Save the Bees- Wednesday's at 6pm in the EMU (near Townshend's Tea)

Affordable Textbooks- Wednesday's at 6pm in EMU 230

Renewable Energy- Thursday's at 6pm in Friendly 214 

Chapter Chair: Casey Scofield,
Campus Organizer: Jacob Wyant,

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.



Winter 2017 Campaigns

This Winter, OSPIRG will be running public education and advocacy campaigns on five issues:

Hunger and Homelessness

As always, our hunger campaign works to fight poverty by doing community service to help combat hunger and homelessness in Lane County. This term we are planning to hold garden days, organize a door-to-door donation drive, host on-campus educational events and bring guest speakers to campus like Keith McHenry from Food Not Bombs.

Campaign Coordinator: Ivan Chen, 626-250-4844,

Weekly Meetings: Monday's at 6pm in Lillis 185

Protect Antibiotics

Antibiotics are fundamental to modern medicine. Unfortunately, the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms is threatening public health. Right now we are working to protect our life-saving antibiotics and will be working to pass a bill through the Oregon Legislature that will regulate the use of antibiotics on factory farms in Oregon, making sure these medicines remain effective in the future.

Campaign Coordinator: Casey Scofield, (541) 521-1815,

Weekly Meetings: Tuesday's at 6pm in Lillis 111

Save the Bees

Our bees campaign will continue working to protect pollinators from toxic pesticides by working with Beyond Toxics to pass a bill that will regulate the use of neonicitinoid pesticides ("neonics") in Oregon as well as working to make the University of Oregon a "Bee Campus."

Campaign Coordinator: Katie Stafford, (408) 505-4745,

Weekly Meetings: Wednesday's at 6pm, in the EMU (in front of Townshend’s, text Katie)

Affordable Textbooks

Our textbooks campaign is going to continue building institutional support among professors and administration for "Open Textbooks", and to secure state funding for Open Textbook pilot programs at the University of Oregon and other public universities and colleges in Oregon.

Campaign Coordinator; Kendall Balchan, 760-989-1570,

Weekly Meetings: Wednesday's at 6pm in EMU 230

Renewable Energy

Students in our renewable energy campaign will be taking part in the statewide Renew Oregon coalition which is working to pass a bill in the Oregon Legislature that will limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that the largest corporations in Oregon can emit, and make the biggest polluters pay for their emissions.

Campaign Coordinator: Ellen Gardon, 914-621-2382,

Weekly Meetings: Thursday's at 6pm in Friendly 214


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 Lillis 175 or by attending the weekly intern class on Fridays at 1pm in McKenzie 121.

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