Florida PIRG Campus Action is a training and action program started by the Student PIRGs and is based on a model that has been helping students make positive change for almost 50 years on issues such as protecting the environment and public health, revitalizing our democracy, feeding the hungry and more.
Most colleges and universities offer students quality classes to learn about the problems facing their communities and our country. And many provide opportunities to study the solutions to address these problems. But what if you want to put that knowledge into action? How do you take actions that will actually improve people’s lives and build toward a better, healthier and more meaningful future? That’s where our program comes in.
Our organizers, interns, and volunteers focus on real issues, provide critical skills trainings, build coalitions, plan events, get media attention, lobby decision makers, and coordinate with students on their campus, across the state, and throughout the country to bring about real change on issues that really matter.
You may 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. Just last fall, we trained more than 200 volunteers, helped to register 9,000 young people to vote, and engaged more than 15,000 students. We co-hosted two Florida student voter summits at UCF and FIU with Campus Vote Project and participated in Michelle Obama’s ‘When We All Vote’ week of action — and she highlighted our Florida work with a retweet! Our Get-Out-The-Vote campaign held 20 parties at the polls and helped to increase turnout from the 2014 midterms on many of the campuses where we organized: at University of South Florida we saw a 289% increase, and at Florida State University saw a 198% increase.
This year we’re working on over a dozen campuses across the state to phase out single use plastics, help campuses commit to 100% renewable energy and help register thousands of young people to vote.
Support Florida PIRG at Eckerd College
In Spring 2022, students at Eckerd College voted to supporting funding Florida PIRG on campus!
Fall 2021 Update
See our highlights from Fall 2021 and our plans for Spring of 2022!
Eckerd College Spring 2021 Newsletter
This past semester, we worked hard virtually to educate and serve our community and protect our environment. Read all about it in our Spring 2021 newsletter!
Carrie Walker // Eckerd College Chapter Chair
Email: [email protected]
Carrie Walker is the Chair of our Chapter of Florida PIRG Students at Eckerd College. She is currently a senior studying International Relations and Global Affairs and Spanish, as well as minoring in Latin American Studies. Carrie has been involved in Florida PIRG at Eckerd since first volunteering with the New Voters Project in 2018 and has helped the campaign register over 1,000 students to vote in the years since. She has been the Chapter Secretary since 2019 and is so excited to take on this new role to continue to empower student voices.
Brissa Loayza // University of Central Florida Club President
Email: [email protected]ucf.edu
Brissa Loayza is the President of Florida PIRG Students at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is a senior studying Political Science with a minor in Economics. Brissa got involved with Florida PIRG at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester and worked as a campaign coordinator on our Textbook Affordability Campaign, and stopped her campus from implementing an automatic textbook billing program. She’s excited to continue empowering student voices at the nation’s largest university and make change at every level with issues students care about.
Alyssa Guarino // University of South Florida Club President
Email: [email protected]
Alyssa Guarino is the current Florida PIRG Club President at the University of South Florida. Alyssa is a junior studying Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Religious Studies. She became involved with Florida PIRG Students to increase awareness of social, sustainable, and voting campaigns on her campus. Alyssa had her start as a campaign coordinator with the New Voter’s Project in 2020 and will continue to help establish an environment of advocacy and change at USF and in the Tampa Bay area.
Andres Cubillos // Florida State University Club President
Email: [email protected]
Andres Cubillos is the President of Florida PIRG Students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Andres is a freshman who is Studying Political Science and Public Administration, with a minor in criminal justice. Andres first became involved with Florida PIRG students during the New Voters Project and worked as a campaign coordinator. Andres is eager to work to help students make their voices heard on issues that they care about in Tallahassee and across the state of Florida.
Isabel Muir // Campus Organizer // Eckerd College, University of Central Florida, and Florida International University
Isabel is our Campus Organizer working with student leaders at the University of Central Florida and University of Florida. She graduated from Eckerd College in 2020, where she was Florida PIRG’s Chapter Chair, with a degree in International Relations and Global Affairs. When she’s not empowering students to win our campaigns, she enjoys hanging out with her dog and trying new restaurants.
Crystal Boutwell // Campus Organizer // University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida State University, and University of Florida
Crystal is the Campus Organizer working with our students at the University of South Florida and Florida State University. She has degrees in sociology and natural resources management from Auburn University. She is based in Tampa, Florida.
Dan Xie // Political Director
Dan directs the national political strategy and grant fundraising for the Student PIRGs. Dan has managed successful campaigns from coast to coast to cap global warming pollution, fight the high cost of higher education, and make voting more accessible for students. She has recruited and trained hundreds of students and staff on public interest campaigns and got her start as an intern with CALPIRG Students. Dan lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is an avid cyclist and climber.
|Eckerd College||Isabel Muir||[email protected]|
|University of Central Florida||Isabel Muir||[email protected]|
|Florida International University||Isabel Muir||[email protected]|
|University of West Florida||Crystal Boutwell||[email protected]|
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|University of Florida||Crystal Boutwell||[email protected]|
|University of South Florida, Tampa||Crystal Boutwell||[email protected]|