What are Working Groups?

Working Groups (WGs) are collectives of students and community members who work together on an issue. WGs may focus on research, events, actions, publications, and other diverse activities. They tend to have long-term goals with activities and membership that continue beyond the current academic year. WGs are required to hold regular meetings and must maintain a membership that includes U of A undergraduates.

 

Active Working Groups in 2016/2017

 Amnesty International University of Alberta Chapter

 ConsentEd

 Edmonton Muslim Basketball Association (EMBA)

 Edmonton Organic Growers Guild (EOGG)

 Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom (FLIF)

 Greenpeace University of Alberta

 Islamic Relief at the University of Alberta

 Kulture Hubs

 Migranté Youth

 Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN)

 Saplings Poet Tree

 Student International Health Association (SIHA)

 

 

Amnesty International University of Alberta Chapter

Working Group Since: Winter 2013

Website: http://aiuofa.wordpress.com/

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. We are dedicated to carrying out Amnesty’s work of defending human rights. Our mission is to give the students of the University of Alberta the opportunity to take part in Amnesty International’s actions and be a fellow human rights ambassador.

The group operates for the purpose of increasing campus and community awareness of international human rights violations and environmental degradation. It also operates in campaigning peacefully to free all prisoners of conscience, ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, abolish the death penalty, torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of all prisoners, and stop abuses by opposition groups including hostage taking, torture, and deliberate and arbitrary killings.

 

ConsentEd

Working Group Since: Winter 2012

Website: http://www.consented.ca/

ConsentEd believes that everyone deserves to live in a world without sexual violence. Our mission is to actively work towards changing the way our society perceives the issue of consent and sexual violence. Specifically, we hope to provide resources to educate, engage and inspire young adults- that are otherwise bombarded by our society’s constant stream of unhelpful and incorrect information about sexual violence.

ConsentEd will also be advocating and promoting awareness about sexual violence by allying with other organizations and reaching out to our audience using a variety of social media tools.

 

Edmonton Muslim Basketball Association (EMBA)

Working Group Since: Winter 2016

To be updated

 

Edmonton Organic Growers Guild (EOGG)

Working Group Since: Winter 2010

Website: http://eogg.org/

The Edmonton Organic Grower’s Guild (EOGG) loves to grow stuff together. We grow organic produce and encourage learning and eating. We charge no fees and welcome folks from all walks of life.

We  cultivate food, grow niche and culturally specific crops, participate in an active lifestyle, strengthen each other and our garden, augment existing food sources, reinvest in the community garden, love the university farm.

 

Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom (FLIF)

Working Group Since: Winter 2011

Website: http://flifblog.blogspot.ca/

We are a group of Library and Information Studies students who are interested in promoting intellectual freedom and social responsibility. We believe that issues concerning censorship, freedom of expression, and social justice go hand-in-hand, and hope that through information updates and direct action, we will be able to emphasize the importance of intellectual freedom and social responsibility in the personal and professional lives of our readers and our communities.

 

Islamic Relief at the University of Alberta

Working Group since: Winter 2013

Website: http://islamicreliefuofa.wordpress.com/

We are dedicated, as a student group, to carrying out Islamic Relief Canada’s work of responding to people who are suffering. We aim to open-mindedly help individuals (regardless of religion, ethnicity or gender) fulfill their potential in life; without expecting anything in return.

Our mission is to give the University of Alberta students the opportunity to look past any stereotypes about Islam and to become conscious of suffering that happens throughout the world that does not receive media attention. We tackle Islamophobia of any sort on campus through visuals and social media, helping people fight any polite or subtle racism they may hold. By focusing in on university students, we aim to overturn prejudice towards “Muslim” folks and encourage every Canadian to look at Muslims as fellow human beings.

We want to improve the state of the global world and we want to improve the social fabric of our micro-society here at the University.

 

Kulture Hubs

Working Group since: Fall 2015

To be updated

 

Migrante Youth

Working Group since: Winter 2015

Migrante Alberta (MA) is a non-profit migrants advocacy groups in the province of Alberta. It was established on August 2013 and been active in organizing and advocacy work for migrant workers. MA has an active base in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary and is a member of Migrante Canada, an alliance of Filipino migrant organizations in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. It is currently involved in the campaign to protect the rights and stop the deportation of temporary foreign workers.

The group hopes create a space for U of A community to learn more about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and migrant workers. Its also a space where migrant and immigrants community and the students and faculty meet and share stories and solidarity.

 

Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN)

Working Group Since: Fall 2009

Website: http://psnedmonton.ca/

The Palestine Solidarity Network is a non-profit, grassroots collective aimed at advocating and upholding the human rights of Palestinians in the face of ongoing oppression, occupation, racism and discrimination, both in occupied Palestine and in the Diaspora. We maintain groups at both the community level, the Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton, and on the University of Alberta campus, the Palestine Solidarity Network – U of A.

 

Saplings Poet Tree

Working Group since: Fall 2015

To be updated

 

Student International Health Association (SIHA)

Working Group Since: Winter 2014

Website: www.siha.ca

The Students’ International Health Association (SIHA) Local is a student-led organization dedicated to sustainable health promotion and community development. We are locally based; our main office is located on the University of Alberta campus and we have a strong focus on serving the Edmonton community while promoting health awareness and education. We also reach out to underserved communities in rural Alberta to promote healthy lifestyles. We attempt to reduce stigma on marginalized individuals such as those living with HIV by presenting in classrooms and holding events on campus.

We also address the topics of tobacco cessation and healthy living in presentations to school age children in conjunction with HIV Edmonton.