Get Creative with KPIRG

KPIRG is always looking for ways for students to get involved. Whether it’s through volunteering, joining a committee, event planning/organizing, or creatively – there is always something to contribute.

KPIRG values the creative process behind art and we are always blown away after getting a snapshot of the mind of the creator. Whether your creativity is found through your words, a paintbrush, a pencil, or photograph – we want to see what you can do. Students can contribute to the KPIRG ZINE series (1 zine released per semester), volunteer to make posters for events & workshops, or even create your own art-based action group.

Art is an extremely powerful way to get a message across, let KPIRG be the medium for you to carry your message forward.


What is a ZINE? 

A zine (/ˈzn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Without further ado – check out KPIRG’s first Online ZINE!

KPIRGers of the Month – July 2016


Who are you?!
Inderpal Brar – I am fourth year Political Science student at KPU. I am planning to start a non- profit organization in the near future because I feel the best way to create employment opportunities and make change in the world is through humanitarian work. I am deeply disturbed by the injustice being served in the world.

Mehakpreet Sandhu – I am a first year Computer Information Systems student. I like to read books and watch YouTube videos in my free time. I am a big time procrastinator but I still manage to get stuff done in time, somehow. I am always on the lookout for opportunities to give back to the community and help create awareness.

Vikram Cheema – I am a passionate individual who cannot withstand injustice. I used to work with an NGO called Make a Difference in India which used to work with underprivileged children living in shelter homes. I love food, books and rain. I like to dance and have fun.

How did you hear about KPIRG?
Inderpal – I started it!

Mehak – KPIRG is a fairly popular organization at KPU. I first heard about it from Inderpal and then learned more during Welcome week.

Vikram – I learned about KPIRG at the celebration of International Women’s Day at KPU.

Why did you get involved?
It is really hard to start a group with little or no experience. Thankfully, we had KPIRG to support us and provide us the structure, mentorship, and funding to start this action group. KPIRG’s values are in line with ours and they are doing amazing work by creating awareness and providing an opportunity to the students of KPU to get involved and work towards making the community, and eventually the world, a better place.

What is the Lehar Manifesto?
Lehar Manifesto is an action group that we formed together. The purpose of this group is to shine the spotlight on issues that are happening in India, particularly in Punjab, by using academic and intellectual thinking to find solutions.


The Beehive Design Collective & Test Their Logik Present: Art of Resistance, Vol.2

The HIVE tour is coming to Surrey on July 26 – get on board and see what the BUZZ is all about! From the amazing artwork to the inspiring hip-hop show, this event will blow you away.

This event is FREE and open to the public; if you require any accommodation or ASL interpretation, please email by JULY 15.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Food and refreshments will be provided.

So what is the event?!
A multi-disciplanery showcase of breathtaking visual art, engaged storytelling, participatory discussion and live hiphop and spoken word. This is a hybrid Beehive presentation and Test Their Logik hip-hop show. This workshop leads the audience through a MesoAmérica Resiste story while breaking to hear spoken word (acappella hip-hop) verses covering similar political themes.

Interested in attending? Check out our event page:

For the rest of the tour dates and information, check out the tour event page:



We call on KPU to provide KPIRG with a space to serve its 20,000 students.




Since its inception in 2013, KPIRG has never had dignified working space at KPU. From 2013 to June 2016, the Kwantlen PRIDE collective extended to KPIRG their support through solidarity and the use of the PRIDE office. However, in June 2016, PRIDE and KPIRG were evicted from the PRIDE office and Social Justice Space in the Birch building, to make way for renovations. Renovation plans have intentionally excluded KPIRG.

  • As a student society and registered non-profit born out of a KSA-sponsored referendum, KPIRG is entitled to operational space on campus and has long since budgeted for an office rental on campus.


  • KPU students should not be encumbered from receiving the services for which they are paying and which lack of space is undermining.


  • KPIRG is value-added at KPU. KPIRG provides student employment, volunteer experience, awards $6,000 in grants annually to KPU students & KPU initiatives, funds and co-organizes a multitude of KPU-based events and activities, and conducts action research on issues that touch the KPU community


  • KPIRG acts as a research facility, community resource centre, and advocacy group. KPIRG offers students the venue and tools to get active in their communities, both at KPU and externally, and to create real social change.


  • 19 other Canadian universities have found a home for their PIRG, some of which have co-habited for 40 years. KPU can be the 20th


  • Unionized with the United Steelworkers Local 2009, the 6 KPIRG employees are entitled to a work space as safe and healthful as that of any KPU, KSA, or KFA employee on campus.

We call on KPU to provide KPIRG with a healthful, dignified space in which to operate and service their nearly 20,000 KPU student members!


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