Important PACS Announcements
Field Studies Announcement
Attention All Undergrads! Do you like adventure, excitement, travel, learning, and serving others? Consider doing a PACS FIELD STUDY this summer!
Shake up your boring academic course load with some real experience in the field, applying what you’ve learned in the classroom to the real world. Whether done locally or abroad, field studies are really a great addition to a PACS degree (and real work experience looks good on a resume!)
If you’re interested, come on out to chat with Field Studies Advisor Eric Lepp and some former field studies students while checking out the new atrium on Wed, March 5th from 2:30-4 pm. If you can’t make it, schedule an appointment with Eric to chat on your own time. Proposals for this coming spring term are due March 21st.
Curious about what students have done in the past, the requirements, how to find a placement, or financial aid? Take a look at our field studies website.
Apply for PACS Scholarships by March 12
PACS Scholarship and bursary information can be found online at the scholarships and bursaries website. If you have questions, contact Eric Lepp; firstname.lastname@example.org or rm 2103B in the PACS office.
Intent to Graduate Forms Due March 1st
Are you a graduating student? Then you should submit your intent to graduate form by March 1st! Forms can be submitted to Undergrad Advisor Eric Lepp in the PACS office or to the Registrar’s Office in Needles Hall. This form is pretty important- if you do not submit it, you will not be able to graduate. So do it today! (And to you keeners who already submitted- way to go. Keep being stellar).
Also check out our convocation webpage and be sure to fill out the Grebel convocation form whether or not you plan on participating in Grebel’s convocation ceremony.
- Documentary Screening: “War Child/ Children of Gaza”- Feb 26
- Look Behind You! With Steafan Hanvey- Feb 27
- Intersecting Art, Justice, and the Human Experience- Feb 27
- Bridging Communities Through Song- March 1
- Study and Go Abroad Fair- March 2
- BSIA Prospective Students Open House- March 3
- Field Studies Info Session- March 5
- How to Change the World: the Anti-Racist Feminism of Selma James and the Global Women’s Strike- March 12
- Ontario Legislature Internship Programme- Deadline Feb 28
- Welcome Home Refugee House Internship Project
- Job Posting for Coordinator Position of the Queer Film and Arts Festival- Deadline March 5
- Government Relations Graduate certificate Program
- 2014 Peace Speech Contest
- Balkans Peace Program Summer 2014- Aug 2-23, Deadline March 31
- Global Chains: Human Trafficking Hits Home- Feb 28
Documentary Screening: “War Child/ Children of Gaza”
@Feb 26 @ 6-8pm @ SLC Multi-purpose Room. The Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) is hosting a documentary night, screening the documentary “War Child/ Children of Gaza,” a film which depicts the struggles of four Palestinian children living amidst the violent conflict taking place in Gaza for a year. They hope to raise awareness about issues faced by these children through a group discussion after the screening.
There will be free snacks and drink. At the event, money is being raised for OSP through donation and through “Coin Wars” which will kicked off at this event. For more information, visit the OSP Facebook event page.
Look Behind You! With Steafan Hanvey.
@ Feb 27th @ 7 pm @ Conrad Grebel Chapel. “Look Behind You” combines Steafán’s personal narrative told through song with the work of Bobbie Hanvey, Steafán’s father, consisting of prize-winning photojournalism and radio-edits of his interviews with some of Northern Ireland’s best known figures. After completing his album Nuclear Family, Steafán realized how his own personal story intertwined with larger context of ‘The Troubles’ in which it was created. Together, this performance integrates the public and private narrative of the conflict in Northern Ireland to engage with international audiences on these complex issues.
Admission is free. For more information, visit Steafán’s website, the event website, or contact Rebecca Steinmann (email@example.com) in the Peace and Conflict Studies department. For a sample of his work, view a short documentary on the National Public Radio (NPR) site: NPR: video/multimedia documentary.
Intersecting Art, Justice, and the Human Experience
@ Feb 27 @ 7 pm @ St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre (11 Albert St, St Jacobs). Community Justice Initiatives presents a memorable evening of art, film, wine, and discussion with special guest and artist Judah Oudshoorn. This event will explore Restorative Justice themes along with metaphors of trauma through the medium of art. Features include “A Ladder Without Rungs: An exhibit exploring metaphors of trauma,” and the documentary film “Concrete Steel and Paint.”
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; all proceeds will go towards Community Justice Initiatives. For more information contact Bernice Burnett at 519-744-6549.
Bridging Communities Through Song
@ March 1st @ 2-5 pm @ Maureen Forrester Hall, Laurier. Bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together through song, event features the Good Hearted Women Singers, The Waterloo Regional Police Chorus, The Cambridge Girl’s Choir, and the WLU Choir, with special guest Susan Aglukark. There will also be a silent auction and craft vendor tables as a part of this event, beginning at 1pm.
There is a long history of colonization and attempts to assimilate Indigenous people into mainstream society. These attempts have weakened Indigenous people from within and have resulted in devastating disruptions and/or loss of their identities, knowledge of cultural traditions, language, and family/community roles and responsibilities. Despite these atrocities, many indigenous people are reclaiming their heritage and are making strong strides in this endeavour. This event is an opportunity to find common ground and build relationships through song, offering healing and the forming of new relationships.
More information, can be found on their Facebook event page (get a sneak peak of the auction items!). Tickets are $20 and go towards raising money for the Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers) to help with material for new regalia, hides for drums, and cultural workshops.
Study and Go Abroad Fair
@ March 2 @ 1-6pm @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Thinking of studying or going abroad? This is your chance to visit with representatives, ask questions, gather information, have your documents reviewed, and listen to experts at free seminars. Meet with universities and colleges offering a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate programs all over the world. Visit the Travel Pavilion to find out about exciting travel opportunities; semesters abroad, work programs overseas, internships, volunteer programs and adventure travel. Check back on a regular basis to see the full list of exhibitors and their profiles.
Registration is optional and admission is free. More information online at http://www.studyandgoabroad.com/
BSIA Propsective Student Open House
@March 3 @ 9am-1pm @ Balsillie School of International Affairs, rm 142. The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) offers two Masters programs: Master of Arts in Global Governance and Master of International Public Policy. This event is an open house for any prospective students thinking of doing a Masters with BSIA. The day includes panel discussions with CIGI chairs and BSIA Alumni, a tour with current students, and a lunch.
Field Studies Info Session
@ March 5th @ 2:30-4 pm @ Grebel atrium. Interested in gaining course credit for practical work in the field, whether local or abroad? Then come out to our Field Study Info Session! There will be information on what the requirements and steps are necessary to complete a Field Study in PACS, as well as tips to get you started.
Eric Lepp, field studies coordinator, and PACS students who have completed field studies will be present to answer any questions you may have. So come on out, enjoy some snacks, and chat about field studies!
How to Change the World: the Anti-Racist Feminism of Selma James and the Global Women’s Strike
@ March 12 @ 6:30- 8:30pm @ Biology 1, room 271. WPIRG invites you to join them for this free event featuring Selma James and Nichola Marcus. Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist campaigner and author. In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women’s Strike which she coordinates. She coined the word “unwaged” to describe all the work without wages of women, children, and men in the home, on the land, and in the community. She has addressed the power relations within the working class movement, and organizing across sectors despite divisions of race, sex, age, etc.
Nichola Marchus is an organizer with Red Thread, a multiracial grassroots women’s organization in Guyana that demands “wages for housework” and supports women in their fight against social, economic, and political injustices. Red Thread co-ordinates the Global Women’s Strike in Guyana.
This is a free event! There is an ASL interpreter available, gender neutral bathrooms provided, and the event is wheelchair accessible. More information on the Facebook Event Page.
Ontario Legislature Internship Programme
Application Deadline: Feb 28. Each year, the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) provides the opportunity for 8-10 interns from across Canada to work with the Ontario Legislature. Duties include working for an MPP, visits to other legislatures in Canada and internationally, and writing an academic paper. The internships are based in Toronto, begin in September, and last for 10 months.
This is a paid internship, providing a $20,000 stipend with additional payments upon completion of a draft and final version of an academic paper. The programme is open to Canadian citizens who have recently graduated from a Canadian university. Prospective interns should show an interest in and a knowledge of the legislative process.
Applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information visit the OLIP website.
Welcome Home Refugee House Internship Project
Welcome Home is looking for one male and one female intern to join a staff team of six with a primary role as live-in House Supervisors. Welcome Home works to provide newly arrived refugees with one year’s shelter and a supportive community, with between 12 and 16 primarily adult refugees living in the house at one time.
In the role of House Supervisor, you will build a relationship with residents, providing personal support and welcoming assistance as you foster community between everyone living at Welcome Home. Through your internship, you will have opportunities to learn skills of advocacy, community development, fundraising, the practical aspects of running a non profit, and training on issues related to the Canadian refugee process, community development, post-trauma stress, Cultural Intelligence, and conflict resolution.
Application deadline is March 14th or until the position is filled. The internship runs for a full year from September 2014 to August 2015. There is compensation of 20 hours per week paid at $11/hr, and a furnished room including phone and internet. More information online on the Welcome Home Website.
Job Posting for Coordinator Position of the Queer Film and Arts Festival
WPIRG is hiring a part time contract position of Coordinator for the Rainbow Reels Queer Film and Arts Festival happening from May 9-11 in Waterloo. Rainbow Reels is a 3 day long annual Queer Film and Arts Festival and has been a beacon of queer culture in the KW community for 13 years, exploring a diversity of queer issues, especially those neglected in the mainstream media and film.
The primary responsibility of the position is to implement the collective vision of the Planning Committee, including students and folks from the community as well as WPIRG’s staff, board, and volunteer base.This position runs for 10 weeks with 25 hours/week and 30 extra hours during the event, at $15 an hour.
Apply by sending 2 references and a cover letter summarizing your relevant experience and your understanding of the intersection of queer and trans* issues with social justice by March 5th. Applications will be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Employment start date is March 10th, 2014. Visit the WPIRG job posting for more info.
Government Relations Graduate Certificate Program
Are you interested in working for the Canadian Government? Seneca’s Government Relations program gives you the tools to help advance organizational government relations goals. A combination of political theory and practical government relations knowledge will prepare you for a career within Canada’s public governance system.
Through this program you will be prepared for entry-level work as a public affairs/government relations practitioner in public and private sector organizations, associations, cause related consultancies and professional service forms. January of this year was the program launch, and this is the only program of it’s kind in Ontario.
The program runs for one year; 2 semesters of classes and one optional co-op work term. For more information, visit the Seneca College Website.
2014 Peace Speech Contest
@ March 12th @ 4:30-5:30 @ Grebel Chapel. The Annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest is being held this year on March 12th. This contest invites students to discuss peace-building and social justice issues in an 8-10 minute speech, and is administered by Peace and Justice Ministries of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
Speeches should follow the general theme of the application of the Christian peace position to contemporary concerns and may be no longer than 1,500 words or 12 minutes. Cash prizes will be awarded: $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for third place. Speeches will be judged on topic, content, delivery, introduction, conclusion, and creativity. The 1st place speech will be sent to the bi-national contest to compete with speeches written by students from across North America.
Deadline to enter the contest is March 9th. Send an email with your speech topic to Eric Lepp at email@example.com to enter. More information about the contest can be found on the speech contest webpage.
Balkans Peace Program Summer 2014: International Development, Politics, and Post-Conflict Societies- Kosovo and the Balkans
@ Aug 2-Aug 23 @ Gjilan, Kosovo. This educational program will provide students with the opportunity to spend about 3 weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice with a post-conflict area in Europe. The international attention to this region has been earned through unrest, war, and conflicts, but today the break up process of former Yugoslavia has been resolved, turning the region into a calm and developing area. Kosovo, Europe’s newest country as of Feb 17th, 2008, provides a unique opportunity to shape and ensure a European future and make it an example of modern state building. Participants will explore this issue through three main components of the program; an academic course credit, a tour of historic and tourist sites in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro, and cultural immersion through stays with local host families in Kosovo.
Application Deadline is March 31. The cost is 1,650 EUR per person (roughly $2,483 Canadian), which includes program costs, full room and board, all program activities, tours, and accommodation and meals while on tours. There are a small amount of funds available for this program to offset the cost for select participants. Any student in the grad or undergrad level is eligible to apply.
For more information visit the Balkans Program Website.
Global Chains: Human Trafficking Hits Home Conference
@ Feb 28th @ 9am- 4:30pm @ CIGI Campus. This year’s conference, run by UW’s Student Association of International Development and Engineers without Borders, will follow the theme of Human Trafficking, with speakers from NGO’s, academia, and governmental agencies focused on abolishing human trafficking in the 21st century.
The conference is intended to spread knowledge, provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and professional work, and provide an opportunity to development professionals to network with and learn from each other.
Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.