DISO DAYS, FINAL WEEK

Is it September 23rd already?! Week 2 of DISO DAYS was a complete and utter blur! We kicked off the week with some relaxing and warming Tai Chi and Chai Tea with the amazing instructors from Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi on September 19. The students that participated soaked it all in and we ended up practicing for 2 full hours!

We then quickly rolled into our interactive tabling event on September 20 to educate students on worker’s rights. We were shocked and horrified by the stories that some students shared with us – the very reason to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

Grassroots Women came by on September 21st – our largest event of DISO DAYS. The conference centre was completely packed and their kick-ass spirit lit up the room. The hard-hitting truths of reality and tone of this women’s liberation event was definitely a DISO DAYS highlight.

Last but not least, an issue that hits close to home (ha) with everyone, the housing crisis event on the last day of DISO DAYS, September 23. We had members from Chinatown Action Group and Alliance Against Displacement. They focused on the ideas of displacement and the history of oppression and continued oppression of the most vulnerable members of society. This event conjured up great discussion and was an amazing way to end DISO DAYS – with minds blown and shaken up!

Thank you to ALL of our amazing speakers and the students that attended. We also would like to thank the United Steelworkers Humanity Fund & Vancity for funding, as well as the Runner for their support and advertisement of DISO DAYS and Grassroots Cafe for the catering.

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DISO DAYS, WEEK 1

Week one of DISO DAYS is over! Over this time, there were great conversations sparked and the depth and quality of the speakers was simply enlightening. Most importantly, the students that attended can take away a new perspective on the topics discussed. We were more than delighted to witness the meaningful debates and engagement that took place – that’s exactly what Dis/Orientation DISO DAYS are all about! Next week will be a continuation with the four remaining events:

September 19, Tai Chi and Chai Tea, 12-1PM KPU Surrey Conference Centre https://www.facebook.com/events/1092568667501002/

September 20, Workers Rights Tabling, KPU Surrey Courtyard
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS A WORKER!!

September 21, Women’s Liberation, 1-4PM, KPU Surrey Conference Centre https://www.facebook.com/events/327901474211039/

September 23, Housing Crisis, 4-7PM Surrey Main 3830 https://www.facebook.com/events/166363457131161/

DISO DAYS, WE ARE AT KWANTLEN

Just a few snapshots from last night. As you can tell, it was a full house! What a fantastic way to start off Dis/Orientation 2016! KPU Elder in Residence, Lekeyten and Brandon Gabriel did an amazing job captivating the audience with their generations of knowledge and beautiful messages to encourage students to critically examine the land they’re on and the name that is spoken daily – Kwantlen.

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KPIRG WANTS YOU!

We’re releasing a call for three (3) regular Board members to be appointed from the Kwantlen Polytechnic University community. 

Board Positions available:
Director: Anti-Oppression Officer
Director-at-Large
Director-at-Large

Nominations Packages will be accepted on a rolling basis — so don’t wait to apply!  Please email your completed statement to office@kpirg.ca

**What Do I Need to Include in My Nominations Package

You can fill out the items in the Nominations Package which includes a brief statement of why you would like to join the board, skills and perspectives you can offer and a brief summary of campus and/or community involvement or interests.

**What is the KPIRG Board of Directors?

KPIRG is committed to social and environmental justice, KPIRG is a campus-based group with a mandate for research, education and action on issues of social and environmental justice. KPIRG is a student and community funded and volunteer-driven organization that works to empower students and community members, to give people the tools and the opportunity to work cooperatively for a more just and healthy society.

The Board of Directors is the decision-making governing body, elected annually, to uphold KPIRG’s organizational mandate. It implements policy, approves programming, manages the annual budget, and acts as an employer for part-time, unionized staff members. Board members are responsible for decisions made at Board meetings and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.

**Who Are We Looking For

-Full time and part time undergraduates at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
-Members of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University community (alumni, staff, faculty etc.)
-We especially encourage people with experiential knowledge of racism, colonization, poverty, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and sexism to apply.

**Reasons You Should Join the KPIRG

-Learn new skills and receive training
-Meet and get to know new and exciting friends, allies and collaborators
-Experience and gain decision-making skills on an organizational level, and as an employer to staff
-Layer your life or school experience with aspects of organizing in issues of social and environmental justice

**How does the KPIRG Board of Directors work?

We ask that ALL individuals who are interested in being part of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors make a commitment to KPIRG until the end of March 2017. The level of participation and involvement of Board members may vary depending on financial constraints, office hours, outreach, holidays, and the going-ons of life—we understand all of this.

The following are the time commitments we ask of ALL our Board members (*Estimated 10-15 hours per month*):

-You MUST attend Board meetings – generally held bi-weekly, though the exact frequency of meetings will be determined by Board members at the beginning of the term
-Involvement in a committee, established and struck by the KPIRG Board (in place of Portfolios), which will meet once a month, or by the discretion of the committee
-Office hours at KPIRG, once a week (for at least five hours)

The deadline for submissions will be September 22, 2016 at 4:00pm

**Questions about KPIRG, the Board of Directors or this Appointment Process? Email office@kpirg.ca

Dis/Orientation 2016 [DISO DAYS]

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The two week Dis/Orientation series consists of workshops, discussions, and events where students and members of the community can position themselves as anti-oppressive and environmentally sustainable participants. It is also meant to re-center the narratives on suppressed voices and empower marginalized groups.

Check out our awesome events!

Main DISO DAYS page
We are at Kwantlen
Anti-Pipeline & Just Eats
A Future Without Waste
Fast Fashion
Tai Chi and Chai Tea
Housing Crisis
Women’s Liberation

We also have some great contests planned, get your cameras ready!

If you would like to volunteer for the Dis/Orientation committee, please email dis.o@kpirg.ca. Some tasks include:

  • Event budgeting.
  • Event promotion & outreach.
  • Marketing (design) and communications.
  • Networking with local companies/organizations, and of course, fellow KPU students.
  • Planning/organizing

We provide volunteers with great incentives and, most importantly, a unique non-profit experience for students to enhance their university experience. For all other volunteer inquiries, please email volunteer@kpirg.ca .

KPIRG Wants You! (Looking for 1 Board member)

We’re releasing a call for one (1) regular Board member to be appointed from the Kwantlen Polytechnic University community. 

Board Positions available:
Director: Anti-Oppression Officer

Nominations Packages will be accepted on a rolling basis — so don’t wait to apply! Please email your completed statement to office@kpirg.ca

**What Do I Need to Include in My Nominations Packages

You can also fill out our Nominations Packages which includes a brief statement of why you would like to join the board, skills and perspectives you can offer and a brief summary of campus and/or community involvement or interests.

**What is the KPIRG Board of Directors?

KPIRG is committed to social and environmental justice, KPIRG is a campus-based group with a mandate for research, education and action on issues of social and environmental justice. KPIRG is a student and community funded and volunteer-driven organization that works to empower students and community members, to give people the tools and the opportunity to work cooperatively for a more just and healthy society.

The Board of Directors is the decision-making governing body, elected annually, to uphold KPIRG’s organizational mandate. It implements policy, approves programming, manages the annual budget, and acts as an employer for part-time, unionized staff members. Board members are responsible for decisions made at Board meetings and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.

**Who Are We Looking For

-Full time and part time undergraduates at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
-Members of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University community (alumni, staff, faculty etc.)
-We especially encourage people with experiential knowledge of racism, colonization, poverty, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and sexism to apply.

**Reasons You Should Join the KPIRG

-Learn new skills and receive training
-Meet and get to know new and exciting friends, allies and collaborators
-Experience and gain decision-making skills on an organizational level, and as an employer to staff
-Layer your life or school experience with aspects of organizing in issues of social and environmental justice

**How does the KPIRG Board of Directors work?

We ask that ALL individuals who are interested in being part of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors make a commitment to KPIRG until the end of March 2017. The level of participation and involvement of Board members may vary depending on financial constraints, office hours, outreach, holidays, and the going-ons of life—we understand all of this.

The following are the time commitments we ask of ALL our Board members (*Estimated 10-15 hours per month*):

-You MUST attend Board meetings – generally held bi-weekly, though the exact frequency of meetings will be determined by Board members at the beginning of the term
-Involvement in a committee, established and struck by the KPIRG Board (in place of Portfolios), which will meet once a month, or by the discretion of the committee
-Office hours at KPIRG, once a week (for at least five hours)

DEADLINE is Thursday August 25th. 2016 at 4:00pm

**Questions about KPIRG, the Board of Directors or this Appointment Process?

Please email office@kpirg.ca