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Because Carleton students deserve a voice in politics.

Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Health care is available only to those who can afford it. Access to educational opportunities is determined largely by the neighborhood you live in. Our food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unfair.

The biggest problems that face our society can’t be solved without engaging our government. But as students, we often feel that we don’t have a voice in politics.

For the past forty years, MPIRG (the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) has empowered students to make their voices heard in politics. It gives us the tools we need to win concrete policy victories on the issues we choose — to pass laws that make our world a more sustainable and more just place.

MPIRG connects us to a statewide network of students who work together to build the political capital necessary to get laws passed. And it provides us with a professional staff who act as our voice at the State Capitol when we can’t be there, and who come to campus on a regular basis to work with students in MPIRG and other organizations to help them develop their skills as activists and leaders.

We are proud of everything that we have accomplished over the past two years. We have involved hundreds of students in our campaigns, our educational events, and our voter registration and engagement activities. But we believe that with more resources, we can do so much more to bring the voices of Carleton students to the people in power.

That is why we are working to win back funding for MPIRG at Carleton. Next year, we will run local and campus-level campaigns to make Carleton and the Northfield community more inclusive, more just, and more environmentally sustainable. We will work on more of the statewide and national issues that matter to Carleton students. We will host more educational events and trainings, and more opportunities for students to speak with their elected officials about the issues they care about.

With your help, we can ensure that Carleton students have a voice in politics, and the power to make a real difference on the issues we care about. Check out our feedback form, and let us know what you want MPIRG to work on next!


Key Facts about MPIRG

  • MPIRG is open to all students.
  • MPIRG’s statewide issues are chosen by students through an annual vote.
  • At Carleton, we can work on MPIRG’s statewide campaigns, or we can choose to work on practically any other issue we care about — whether on a national, state, local, or campus level.
  • MPIRG has a long record of victories on the issues students care about, from the creation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 1978, to the first-in-the-nation ban on the use of BPA (Bisphenol-A) in children’s products in 2009.