Undergrad Bulletin Jan 13th


  • Global Experience Certificate and Beyond Borders info session- Jan 14th and 16th
  • Are Aboriginal Rights Human Rights?: A Public Talk with Dr. Peter Kulcyski- Jan 23rd
  • German Movie Screening Series- Jan-March
  • An Evening with Bruce Cockburn- Feb 13th

Summer Job

  • International Development Research Centre Student Employment Program- deadline Feb 2nd


  • MCC Student Seminar: “Inconvenient” Relationships? Indigenous rights, reconciliation, and advocacy- Feb 13-15
  • ICPF Conference: Peace in Practice- Jan 31- Feb 2nd


  • MPACS application deadline- Feb 1.
  • Field study- MCC’s SALT Program- Deadline Feb 15th
  • WPIRG Community Builder Bursary- Deadline Jan 28
  • Volunteer in the field of Restorative Justice
  • MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge- Deadline Jan 31st
  • Health and Human Rights conference 2014 Research Poster Competition- deadline Jan 15th


Global Experience Certificate and Beyond Borders info session

@ Jan 14th @ 4-5 pm @ Needles Hall, rm 116 AND @ Jan 16th @ 12-1 pm @ St Jerome’s rm 1005 (Sweeny Hall). Waterloo International and St. Jerome’s University invite students to attend information sessions to learn more about the Global Experience Certificate and the Beyond Borders Program.

Come out and find out how you can internationalize your degree! If you’re interested in pursuing an international field study, you should definitely consider doing a placement through Beyond Borders (quite a few students have done the same in the past). 

Are Aboriginal Rights Human Rights?: A Public Talk with Dr. Peter Kulcyski

are indigenous rights human rights

@ Jan 23rd @ 4:30 pm @ Laurier University, Alvin Woods Building rm 2-104. This public talk by Peter Kulcyski will discuss the question “Are Aboriginal Rights Human Rights? with Dr. Chris Alcantara and Dr. Rhoda Howard-Hassmann as commentators.

Peter Kulchyski is Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has written or co-written, edited or co-edited eight books, including like the sound of a drum (2006) and aboriginal rights are not human rights (2013). Dr. Kulchyski is director of the Pangnirtung Bush School and co-director of the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.

The event page can be found at https://www.wlu.ca/events_detail.php?grp_id=12448&ev_id=10837.

German Movie Screening Series

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@Jan-March 2014 @ 5:00 pm @ East Campus Hall, rm 1220. Beginning Monday, Jan 13th, Dr. Alic Kuzniar of the Germanic and Slavic department will begin a free German-movie screening series. All movies start at 5:00 pm in room 1220. All movies have English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Film list can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/germanic-slavic-studies/events/winter-2014-german-film-series.

An Evening with Bruce Cockburn

bruce-cockburn-poster@ Feb 13th @ 8:00 PM @ Humanities Theatre. Join Grebel alumni, students, and friends for an intimate evening with Bruce Cockburn, a musician and social activist who has inspired many generations of Grebel students and alumni.

Get your tickets from the Theatre Centre Box Office in person or by phone: 519-888-4908.

Summer Job

International Development Research Centre Student Employment Program

IDRC@ Ottawa. Application Deadline: Feb 2nd, 2014. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown corporation, supports financially and through capacity-building, research in developing regions of the world to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that bring choice and change to those who need it most.

The 2014 Student Employment Program has 20 positions available at the head office in Ottawa in research programs, as well as communications, administration, finance, human resources, and information management and technology divisions. The positions run from the end of April to the end of August.

Position job descriptions can be found at the IDRC website.


MCC Student Seminar: “Inconvenient” Relationships? Indigenous rights, reconciliation, advocacy


@ Feb 13-15 @ Ottawa. Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Ottawa Office is hosting a student seminar on Indigenous rights. These seminars expose students to the role of MCC’s political witness by exploring a range of advocacy issues while drawing on the knowledge and expertise of civil servants, NGO representatives, and Members of Parliament.

Deadline to register is January 13th. Total cost is approximately $205, with $50 for registration, $105 for 3 nights lodging, and $50 for dinners (lunch and breakfast provided). Transportation costs not included in this price. Travel bursaries may be available, and you are welcome to find alternate lodging.

If you are interested in joining a group of students from PACS/Grebel, email pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca. More information can be found on the MCC Website.

ICPF Conference: Peace in Practice

@ Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Virginia @ Jan 31- Feb 2. The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) Conference  is being held this year at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia on the theme of Peace in Practice: What does it look like when our theories become action?  The keynote speaker, Lisa Schirch of 3P Human Security, and additional workshop speakers will address how they have engaged in peacebuilding at all levels from local to international and how it can be integrated into various work such as art and community engagement. Workshops such as A Subversive Shalom: Enacting Radical Peace and Our Community Place: A Local Center Practicing Radical Acceptance will help participants engage further with the theme.

Every year students from a Mennonite University in North America host the ICPF conference, a completely student run initiative. The aim of this conference is to unite undergrad students in the field of peace studies or who are interested in peace building for conversation and learning.

You can register online– cost is only $35 with lodging in an EMU residence provided. Travel bursaries may be available to offset cost. Email pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca if you’re interested in joining a group from PACS/Grebel– in the past students have rented a van to make the trek.


MPACS application deadline

@February 1st for Fall 2014 admission. Are you a 4th year looking at grad school options? Then consider the Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies program at Grebel!  The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program offers students a vibrant, interdisciplinary program focussed on the potential of civil society to advance peace. Students are equipped with the knowledge and practical skills needed to build peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace.

If interested, check out the MPACS webpage or talk to Rebecca Steinmann, Grad studies coordinator, email:
rebecca.steinmann@uwaterloo.ca. Applicants must have a four year undergrad degree with a minimum average of at least 78% OR a minimum of eight years of field experience related to PACS. Scholarship funds are limited so students should expect to cover part of their tuition and living costs on their own. Apply online at http://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies/application-admission/apply-online.

Field study- MCC’s SALT Program

SALT_homepageMany PACS students have chosen to complete a field study through the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program. MCC has many diverse SALT placements all over the world where SALTers can serve with partners in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and Central America, and the Middle East.

Through an application and interview process, applicants are carefully selected for a placement based on their interests, skills, and the needs of the host community. Placements run 11 months, from August to July.

The application deadline is Feb 15th for the 2014-2015 year, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To look at potential assignments and for more information about SALT, visit the MCC SALT webpage.

WPIRG Community Builder Bursary

Deadline: Jan 28th. Each semester WPIRG offers a bursary for full-time undergrad students at UW. You can find the application form linked on the WPIRG website. The application includes a statement of 250-500 words introducing yourself, and a formal or creative response to one of four prompts. The bursary is valued at $500.

If you have any questions regarding the bursary or the application process, please contact info@wpirg.org.

Volunteer in the field of Restorative Justice

CRJCDeadline: Jan 14th. The newly formed Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium (CRJC) is looking for some volunteer help in the area of research and editing for their website. The goal of the not for profit CRJC is to become a hub for information on RJ in Canada. The volunteer position requires a person who has:

  • Time to dedicate 3-4 hours per week for a few months ( one academic term)
  • Web editing experience of WordPress (an asset, not required)
  • Research skills
  • Interest in engaging with CRJC as a youth representative, to provide a fresh perspective
  • Awareness of RJ – in depth knowledge of the field is not essential.

You can see more about CRJC at www.crjc.ca .  This is a national organization, registered in Newfoundland, with the Board is made up of people from across Canada.  Work will be done from your own computer/home. This would be a good opportunity for a student to develop a deeper understanding of Restorative Justice, as well as interact with established and supportive practitioners from across Canada. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Hermina Richter, Chair of CRJC at herminarichter@gmail.com by January 14th 2014.

MSCU Peace Advancement Challenge

grebel life buttonSubmission deadline Jan 31. Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) and Conrad Grebel University College are co-sponsoring an award that aims to inspire UW students to explore creative peacemaking and to deepen their understanding of concept development and practical peacemaking.

Up to $5,000 will be divided between winning submissions. Any undergrad registered in a PACS plan, enrolled in a PACS course, or is a Grebel resident or associate is eligible to compete. Applicants are to submit a new ideal for practical peacemaking. The submissions will be judged and selected candidates will give a presentation of their idea.

For more detailed information about the requirements and how to submit your idea, visit https://uwaterloo.ca/peace-conflict-studies/current-students/mscu-peace-advancement-challenge.

Health and Human Rights conference 2014 Research Poster Competition

Deadline Jan 15th. The University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP) is holding its 16th annual Health and Human Rights conference from March 22-23rd. They are currently accepting abstracts for the 2014 research poster competition. They are open to submissions from all fields and disciplines concerning research related to global health within an international as well as Canadian context. The competition is open to all undergrad, grad, and professional students across the country as well as students who have recently graduated in the past year. Prizes will be awarded for the best poster presentations.

Abstracts must be 25o words or less and must be submitted to Anjum Sultana, Poster Fair Coordinator, at anjum.sultana@utoronto.ca by Jan 15th. See the poster image for more details.



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