Chapter Chair: Ann Kurian
Vice Chair: Keziah Ulanga
The UMass Lowell MASSPIRG Chapter began in 1978. For over 40 years, we’ve been organizing students on our campus to play an active role in making our society a better place by running local, statewide, and national campaigns on issues that affect us as students and citizens.
Recently, we’ve been working get our campus to be a leader in fighting climate change by committing to get 100 percent of our energy from clean, safe, renewable sources. You may also know us from our New Voters Project, our non-partisan youth voter mobilization effort to help first time voters have the tools they need to get registered and turn out to vote. In the 2018 elections we helped register over 600 students to vote and saw a 82% increase at the student-heavy polling location near campus since the 2016 presidential elections. We are also running campaigns to save the bees by making UMass Lowell a bee-friendly campus, and stop the overuse of antibiotics by convincing fast food chains to change their practices.
We are able to do all this because students here at UMass Lowell have voted for the past 46 years to have a MASSPIRG chapter, funded through an $11 waive-able fee that appears on the tuition bill. This money, pooled together with students from all across the state, allows us to have a much bigger impact on these issues at the state and national level, by hiring advocates, lawyers, organizers, and experts to help us run effective campaigns and have a much stronger voice where decisions are made.