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Sat, Jan. 6th, 2007, 10:06 pm
jenhowell: New Student Group

Vegan and Vegetarian Students at Portland State!

Hey, everyone, this is a message to let you know that we're forming a vegan and vegetarian group on campus at Portland State University this quarter, and we're looking for more members so that we can get it off to a good start.

We have a few things in mind for the group. First, we'd like it to be a social outlet. We can do the normal potlucks and film screenings, and with a little bit of budgetary luck we could also plan events like bowling or rollerskating, field trips to nearby farm sanctuaries, etc.
We'd also like to do outreach with leafleting and tabling at school and other events. There's a great vegan/vegetarian community in Portland, and we'd like to work both with them and within the school to create great events and great outreach. There's also a possibility of working with other vegan groups in town to plan a conference in town this summer, but that is not final yet. We'd also like the group to be pretty open – so that if you just wanted the social outlet or
just wanted the outreach, you could join for either reason. And we're open to vegan, vegetarian and veg-curious members (as long as they are respectful), though our charter members should be vegans or vegetarians.

This is a new group, so we are open to new ideas. We do have some basic philosophies, though. Primarily, we want to keep any group-sponsored leafleting or outreach positive and respectful. Check out Vegan Outreach's tips on effective advocacy: http://www.veganoutreach.org/advocacy/tips.html for more about what type of outreach we are interested in pursuing.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or to become a member, please get in touch with us at jenhowell77@gmail.com or by phone at (503)-235-2198.

If you are a PSU student registered for at least 8 undergrad credits, or 6 graduate credits, and would like to help us by becoming a charter member (this means signing the necessary paperwork to get the group started -- no further obligation), please get in touch as soon as possible, and include an e-mail address and phone number where you can be reached.

Thanks very much for your time. We hope to meet some of you soon!

- Jen and Zoë

Sun, Nov. 30th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
simply_unloved7: next fall!

i will be attending portland state and am very interested in joining this group! will you guys still have it?

Sun, Nov. 30th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
jenhowell: Re: next fall!

This group is no longer in operation, but there is a group called (I think) Vegans for Animal Action (in any case I think it's "VAA") started by another girl. Look for them at any tabling events with groups. "Party in the Park" is a good place to look.

You will also be able to find many like-minded individuals in the Food For Thought student-run cafe in the basement of Smith, the student center. That's a vegetarian/vegan/organic cafe that has become really popular over the last few years. They tend to have info from the student groups on the wall in there too, but if you strike up a conversation with someone, you'll run into vegans in no time.

We had to stop the group. Both of our schedules got too crazy to keep running it, and it never really "took off" in terms of other people taking on responsibilities. I think this new group is more focused around activism, but I think it's doing very well.

Welcome to PSU!