Activism in New Paltz: New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) / Be-YOU-ty Lab

Name

New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) 

What They Do

This non-partisan and non-profit statewide organization aims to “bring the voices of average New Yorkers to public policy debates” in order to strengthen democracy, expand consumer and voter rights, and protect the environment and public health. Founded in 1976, the organization’s foundation resides in research and public education and has led numerous studies and public education campaigns. The New Paltz branch of the organization has its own specific goals, such as making higher education more affordable, mobilizing voters, protecting the environment and caring for the homeless and hungry populations.

How to Get Involved

SUNY New Paltz offers a NYPIRG internship on campus. Students meet on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in SUB 426. 

Who to Contact

You can contact the program advisor, Eric Wood, at ewood@nypirg.org or at 845-257-3085.

Name

Be-YOU-Ty Lab

What They Do

Be-YOU-Ty Lab was founded by a previous SUNY New Paltz student who had been diagnosed with cancer. One frustration she endured after her diagnosis was having to see her appearance quickly evolve out of control. But instead of allowing this to happen, she decided to create a space where she and others could celebrate what makeup allows them to do: to regain the ability to control their appearance. Be-YOU-Ty Lab changed its name from “Beauty Lab” about a year ago to emphasize that they are more than a makeup club, but rather a club whose mission is “to inspire [people] to feel more beautiful and confident in his/her/their own skin.”

How to Get Involved

Attend Be-YOU-Ty Lab’s bi-weekly club meetings on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in CSB 153.

Who to Contact

You can email club leaders at np.beautylab@gmail.com or message them on Facebook at @NPBeYOUtyLab.

About Amayah Spence 44 Articles
Amayah Spence is a third-year psychology major, minoring in journalism. This is her third semester on the Oracle. She believes journalism should lend a microphone to those whose voices are not typically amplified without one, and that is the goal she consistently pursues as a journalist. Previously, she wrote for the Daily Free Press and the Rockland County Times.