MASSACHUSETTS STUDENT PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (MassPIRG) MassPIRG is a statewide student directed and student funded organization that works on environmental, consumer protection, and democracy issues. The group was first started at the University of Massachusetts by a group of students who wanted to pool their resources and make a difference in the community in which they lived and currently has numerous chapters located at different colleges and universities throughout the state. The Smith College chapter of MassPIRG was started in 1985 and works on a variety of projects and campaigns that students believe are important. Its chief goal, however, is to educate students on their role in civic involvement and the political system and to show them how they can have an impact on the issues that matter to them. Smith’s past MassPIRG activities have included petitioning, organizing community service events throughout the state, sponsoring Earth Day events to educate students on environmental issues, and visiting local schools to teach students about the three R’s, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.