The Oregon Student Public Interest Group (OSPIRG) was founded to offer Oregon students the means by which to study and act on the problems facing society. Inherent in these activities are the ideals that form the basis for the organization’s educational mission; service learning and civic responsibility, ethics of sustainability and democracy, and the skills and tools of citizenship.
Every campus has its share of apathy, but students care about these problems. And more than any other group of people, we have the time, the energy, the intelligence, the resources and the idealism to help solve them.
But will we?
After all, colleges and universities teach students to become effective doctors, lawyers, engineers, computer programmers, entrepreneurs, managers and the like. But they don't really teach us to become effective citizens. And effective citizenship is what it takes to shake up the status quo and get decision-makers to act on big social problems.
That’s where the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, or OSPIRG, comes in.
For 30 years, students who have been involved with their campus OSPIRG chapter have not only learned how to investigate a problem and come up with a practical solution. We've also learned how to convince the media and decision-makers to pay attention and take action.
In other words, through OSPIRG we gain an educational experience in democratic citizenship. In addition, we get a chance to face up to society's big problems, take action, and win concrete changes that improve the quality of our lives.