Current Campaigns

Affordable Textbooks

Campaign Coordinator: TBA

The textbooks cost too much! We’re promoting open source textbooks to save students money. Building off work we’ve did talking with faculty to help them adopt free online textbooks.

Zero Hunger on Campus

Campaign Coordinator: TBA

20% of UMD students are food insecure. We’re reduce food insecurity in the UMD community by teaching people about the campus pantry that provides free food and collecting regular donations.

Fossil Free UMD

Campaign Coordinator: TBA

Polystyrene foam (aka “Styrofoam”) pollutes Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, it’s cancerous, and it kills wildlife. We can ban polystyrene in Maryland by lobbying and calling state representatives. We’ll also be continuing work spreading awareness about other plastic pollutants like Solo Cups.

Juvenile Justice and Incarceration

Campaign Coordinator: Patrick Peralta

This campaign will be working toward educating the student body on the issues of the current justice system, and taking action on helping with rehabilitation processes in the state. Later, we will move onto sentence reform, and working with the General Assembly in Maryland to make change.

Campus Working Conditions

Campaign Co-coordinators: Lily Byrne and Casey Ottenwalder

UMD pays many of our fellow student workers the state minimum wage instead of the PG County minimum wage (a difference of $1.40 per hour). This year, UMD staff said that they were barred from speaking Spanish on breaks and didn’t receive protective equipment or trainings to handle toxic mold clean-up. We’re working closely with UMD’s worker union (AFSCME), student workers, and student groups to unify students and staff to collectively improve labor conditions at UMD.

Read about more PIRG campaigns here!