Travel and Workshops and Jobs, Oh My!

Operation Groundswell: Backpacktivism

Groundswell-260x300Operation Groundswell is a youth-led non-profit organization that takes young adults out of the classroom and into the world for some hands-on learning and meaningful volunteer experience. They are looking for students who want to backpack with a purpose! Their goal is to have fewer students spending their time off at all-inclusive resorts by providing alternative travel opportunities that combine community service, critical learning, and cross-cultural dialogue.The application deadline is December 16, which is fast approaching so please apply soon! Destinations include, but are not limited to:

  • East Africa
  • West Africa
  • India
  • Guatemala
  • Peru
  • Southeast Asia

With some extra reading and a paper, one of these trips could potentially make a good PACS 395 Travel Course. If you are interested, contact Mary Lou Klassen ( to arrange the details of the travel course after applying to one of the Operation Groundswell trips.

Call for Workshop Proposals

Bluffton University PEACE Club and Peace & Conflict Studies are pleased to announce a call for workshop proposals for the 2013 Inter-Collegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, February 8-10, 2013 at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. The 2013 theme is “Spirituality & Shalom: Living at the Intersection of Faith & Justice,” and workshop proposals are welcomed from campus groups, individuals, students, and faculty in the following broadly defined areas:

– the role of spirituality in peacebuilding

– interfaith approaches to peacebuilding

– nonviolence as a spiritual practice

– symbolic peacebuilding (the use of ritual and symbol in peacebuilding)

– social justice as spiritual discipline

Workshops are scheduled in one-hour blocks on Saturday, February 9, 2013. AV technology is available and presentations should be interactive with space for questions and dialogue. To submit a proposal, please edit the attached form and return it to no later than December 14, 2012. Also feel free to be in touch with any questions regarding workshop proposals.

WPIRG Job Opportunity

Position: School of Public Interest Project Coordinator 

15 weeks, from January 14, 2013 through April 29, 2013

20 hours/week, plus 30 extra hours during the event, at $13.00/hour



The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) is campus based not-for-profit organization. It aims to facilitate radically inclusive community building, and to provide an avenue for students and community members to become active participants in movements for social and environmental justice. Started in 1973, WPIRG aims to facilitate campus and community-based activism.



The School of Public Interest (SPI) is an annual activist conference. The weekend-long event aims to encourage strategy oriented discussion and dialogue, skill sharing and network building. The conference will be held April 27-28th at the University of Waterloo, and will focus on a specific social justice theme as determined by the SPI Planning Committee. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning and advertising of the conference in coordination with the Planning Committee.



This successful candidate will:

  •  Participate in the SPI Planning Committee (comprised of staff, board members, and volunteers) to determine a theme for this year’s conference and work towards a successful event
  • Implement the collective vision as developed by the Planning Committee
  • Set a timeline for event preparation
  • Coordinate general programming for the event, including soliciting conference presenters
  • Recruit, train and coordinate event volunteers
  • Develop an outreach/promotional strategy, and coordinate the creation of all promotional materials for the event, including posters, flyers and programs
  • Coordinate housing (billeting) needs for out-of-town visitors and transportation options

Desired Skills: 

  • Experience in event planning, promotion and outreach
  • Experience working within an anti-oppression framework
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Acute attention to detail while being flexible/responsive to change
  • Able to work independently, as well as collaboratively
  • Interested and engaged in environmental and social justice activism

How to Apply: 

Please submit:

Your resume with 2 references and a cover letter summarizing your experience relevant to this position, and your experience working within an anti-oppression framework by Monday January 7th at 5pm. (Absolutely no late submissions will be accepted.)


Employment Equity Statement: 

WPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites indigenous peoples, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people, trans-sexuals, intersected people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, refugees and people with disabilities to apply.


We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who have lived experience of oppression, would like to share in their cover letter.


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