As a social and environmental justice center that is open and accessible to students and the larger community, QPIRG offers a wide range of resources. Our space includes computers with internet access and software for creative projects. We have phones and a fax machine as well as a photocopier. We have a comfortable space with couches and chairs for people to come and relax in our lounge and library, as well as to hold meetings and events. Our space is wheelchair accessible and scent-free. The QPIRG staff are available to support you and your group and projects within the QPIRG mandate. If you have an idea, we can help make it a reality!
Workshops and Presentations
QPIRG Concordia offers workshops and presentations on several topics related to social justice, community-based research and popular education, in both English and French. In some cases, QPIRG members can present the workshop, and in other cases, we can provide referrals. We are able to offer these workshops based on our own group capacity. In offering these workshops, we prioritize the QPIRG Concordia campus and community membership. Our working groups also offer many workshops on a variety of topics related to their organizing and popular education work. You can read more about these workshops here.
Computers and Other Equipment
We have a number of public-access computers with internet access, word processing software, and creative programs such as Photoshop and In Design. The computers are prioritized for QPIRG-related work but are available for anyone to use. We also have wireless internet access if you would like to bring your own computer here and work in our space.
In additions to computers, we also have public access telephones and a fax machine available for local calls. We also have a photocopier and printer which can be used for small numbers of copies (ask a staff member for assistance). You can also apply to our discretionary fund in order to gain access to a copy code and larger numbers of copies for specific projects.
We have a large and comfortable space available for meetings, events, or just to hang out. To reserve space in our lounge, library, or board room, contact a staff person and they will be glad to help. We have doors approximately 30″, elevators, and an accessible women’s washroom, but as yet no automated doorways. We also have a number of toys and arts and crafts and try to make our space as welcoming to children as possible.
You can ask our board to endorse your event, project or initiative, if it fits within in our mandate as a social and environmental justice center. By endorsing your event, we can help promote it on our our e-mail list and via facebook. Send your endorsement requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
QPIRG Concordia supports community events and initiatives through our board discretionary fund. Groups can apply to the board for money (they usually allocate between $50-$250) and/or access to QPIRG resources such as photocopies and staff support. The amount of money allocated for projects may depend on how many requests there are in a particular discretionary period and doesn’t necessarily reflect the value the board places on the project (ie. a similar project may receive more money if they’ve applied for it in a week when not many others apply). The Board reviews discretionary funding requests at every other regular Board meeting (approximately once per month). Click here to download our discretionary funding guidelines and application form. It should be emailed to email@example.com once it has been completed. A list of projects supported by our discretionary fund in the past year is also available.
Co-sponsorships indicate a degree of support by QPIRG Concordia that is below that of our main core projects, but is more involved than an endorsement or discretionary funding. A co-sponsorship can involve funding in the $200-$500 range, staff and board involvement in the actual planning of the event, as well as institutional support. Co-sponsorships can only be taken on depending on our collective capacity and should be proposed at least one month in advance of the given event or initiative. Co-sponsorships are approved at the board level and can be implemented by the QPIRG Programming Committee. Co-sponsorships are best discussed and decided in the August/September period and also the December/January period, due to how QPIRG plans its yearly schedule of events and budget. Recent co-sponsorships have included Indigenous Sovereignty Week, Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving, Israeli Apartheid Week, and the Lunch Speaker Series (“Eat Well & Rebel”). You can make a co-sponsorship request by clicking here to download our co-sponsorship form. It should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
QPIRG Concordia produces three publications that are distributed on campus and in the wider community. These publications include: i) School Schmool: activist day planner & radical guide; ii) Convergence Journal of Undergraduate and Community Research; and iii) At the Heart of Resistance: QPIRG Concordia’s Working Groups Journal. Read more about these publications here.
The QPIRG Concordia Resource Centre is a free library open to all students and community members. The library is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and environmental justice. We carry hundreds of books, magazines, zines and audio-visual items, mostly in English. Our resources specialize in social and environmental justice covering subjects such as anti-racism and colonialism, queer issues, economics and globalization, sexuality and gender, (un)popular history, media, art and culture, prison issues, labour, environmental issues and more. We also stock most films shown in our film series. We are part of a Montreal-wide online database of alternative libraries, searchable at alternativelibraries.org. To learn more about our resource library, click here.
qpirgsprouts is QPIRG Concordia’s e-mail list by which we keep interested students and community members updated about the events and projects of QPIRG and its working groups, as well as community activities we fund or endorse. Everyone is welcome to join the low-volume announcements list by visiting https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/qpirgsprouts
community events bulletin board and info table
We encourage you to promote your social and environmental justice events and projects by advertising on our bulletin boards and leaving materials on our info table in the QPIRG Concordia space. Stop by any time during office hours to leave us materials!
Working Group Resources
Working Groups are the heart of QPIRG Concordia. They are groups, collectives, networks, projects, and campaigns that organize together in the Montreal community, and beyond, on a wide variety of issues directly related to social and environmental justice. In addition to having priority access to our computers and meeting spaces as well as receiving logistical and financial support from the organization, we also offer them access to two megaphones, a projector, a bike trailer, and a communauto car share membership. Read more about our working groups here.