Undergrad Bulletin March 24

In case you haven’t heard, John Paul Lederach is coming to Grebel this April! He will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Conrad Grebel on April 13th at the Grebel convocation ceremony, and he will also be giving a lecture of “Compassionate Presence and Faith-based Peacebuilding” on April 12 that you won’t want to miss! Check below for details ūüôā


  • Why We Must Accommodate: Competing Human Rights at York University- March 25
  • #Solidarity: Expression through the Arts- March 26
  • Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World- March 26
  • Peace Stock 2014- March 27
  • “Nefarious Merchant of Souls: Behind the veil of the sex industry film” screening- March 27
  • Rotaract Forum on International Development and Intentions of Service- March 28
  • “Red Light Green Light” Sex trafficking film screening-April 1
  • Research Launch “Do you see what I see” Photovoice Exhibit-April 4
  • International Landmine Awareness Day- April 4
  • Dispatches from the Burning Ground: Compassionate Presence and Faith-based Peacebuilding- April 12

Internships/Job Postings:

  • PACS Student Communications Assistant
  • TOOLS Program Assistant with MCC
  • International Affairs Research Internship in New York City with MCC
  • Global Education Coordinator with Casa Canadiense Community Development Centre
  • Online Media Internship with Nobel Women’s Initiative
  • Volunteer in the field of Restorative Justice


  • Our Shared Future: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine
  • WPIRG Campus Survey


Why We Must Accommodate: Competing Human Rights at York University

@ March 25 @ 3;30-5pm @ Arts Lecture Hall 113.¬†Earlier this year, York University sociology professor Paul Grayson went public with a student’s request for religious accommodating, outlining the case as a conflict between “parochial religious rights” and universal human rights. He later affirmed his support for Quebec’s Charter of Values. This talk looks at the relationship of religion, human rights, secularism, and multiculturalism in Canadian public life.

David Seljak is co-editor of¬†Religion and Ethnicity in Canada and¬†Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada. Recently he has worked on the Ontario Human Rights commission’s policies on competing rights and protecting religious freedom. This is a free public talk and is open to all. More information on the event website.

#Solidarity: Expression through the Arts

solidarity@ March 26 @ 7pm @ Conrad Grebel rm 1208.¬†This event will be a combination of art, music, poetry and drama to show solidarity for those suffering from ongoing conflicts and struggles. As we gather together with creative minds and open hearts, we will connect through our common humanity and experience an artistic expression against oppression. The atmosphere will promote continued awareness around the situation in Syria, as well as addressing broader issues of oppression both near and far. For “when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”

This event is free and light snacks are provided. Donations are welcome.

Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World

migrants for export@March 26 @ 1-3pm @ SBE 1230 (WLU).¬†In this talk, D. Rodriguez investigates how and why the Philippine government transformed itself into what she calls a “labor brokerage state,” which actively prepares, mobilizes, and regulates its citizens for migrant work abroad. Drawing on ethnographic research of the Philippine government’s migration bureaucracy, interviews, and archival work, Dr. Rodriguez presents a new analysis of neoliberal globalization and its consequences for nation state formation.

This event is a free public lecture hosted by the Women and Gender Studies Program at Laurier and the International Migration Research Centre at CIGI. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California.

Peace Stock 2014

1185631_10152698183659992_1055177457_n@March 27 @ 4-6pm @ Great Hall, Conrad Grebel. Join PACS Student Society in the great hall for a night of fun, fundraising, and education! There will be musical performances, food, poetry, PSA screenings, a silent auction, and also a presentation by KW Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre.

Tickets are $5 at the door or in advance- email uwpeacestock@gmail.com for information or tickets. All proceeds from the event go to KW Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre. Check out their website at http://keepingsafe.ca. Also visit the Peace Stock event website on facebook.

“Nefarious Merchant of Souls: Behind the veil of the sex industry” film screening

sex trafficking@ March 27 @ 6:30pm @ SLC multi purpose room. We may think that slavery is dead, but there are still over 27 million enslaved people in the world who are victims of human trafficking. Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery. Regardless of nationality, victims are systematically stripped of their identity, battered into gruesome submission, and made to perform humiliating sexual acts on up to 40 strangers every night.

This film screening is a part of the Blue Ribbon Awareness Campaign Against Sex Trafficking. Stop by the SLC vendor’s alley from March 24-27 to learn more about sex trafficking and pick up a blue ribbon to show your support against this issue.

To learn more about the film screening visit the film event page, and for more information about the campaign visit the campaign web page. During the film there be snacks and beverages for sale so bring some money! All proceeds will go towards combating sex trafficking.

Rotaract forum on International Development and Intentions of Service

rotaract uw@ March 28 @ 8-9:30am @ St. Jerome’s President’s Lounge.¬†Rotaract is hosting a forum on International Development and Intentions of Service. Betsy Wall will be speaking on International Development and Service as well as discussing prevalent issues faced when people “help” others. Betsy Wall is the executive director of the Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA), who aims to foster economic development and social transformation in rural communities in Haiti through the productive agricultural cooperative model.

It should be a challenging and thought provoking session examining the issues surrounding international development. Email Tim Souza at timothysouza@gmail.com if you have questions about the event.

“Red Light Green Light” Sex Trafficking Documentary Screening

red light@ April 1 @ 7-9 pm @ Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall. “Red Light Green Light” is a film that focuses on the issues of prostitution and trafficking of persons for sexual exploitation. The filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question of how to prevent sexual exploitation.

This issue is particularly important today in Canada because on Dec 20th, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the existing laws pertaining to prostitution and has given the government 1 year to amend the law or re-write the law. As the issue of legalizing prostitution is now before parliament, it is important to become informed about the issue and voice your opinion to the government.

Research Launch “Do you see what I see” Photovoice Exhibit

do you see what i see@ April 4 @ 3-6pm @ The Yellow Brick Wall, 97 Dalhousie St, Branford. Come and learn about how employment impacts the health of immigrant/refugee women from Korea, Asia, Africa, Japan, Arab world and Latin America (KAAJAL) in Branfrod and Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk counties through their photographs. This exhibit is presented by Bharati Sethi, Phd Candidate in the faculty of Social Work at Laurier.

If you wish to attend, please rsvp to admin@workforceplanningboard.org or call 519-756-1116 (221). There will be light refreshments.

International Landmine Awareness Day

lendyourleg@ April 4 @ 11 am @ Laurier Quad. Global Studies students at Laurier are hosting the Lend Your Leg Campaign this year to promote International Landmine Awareness Day.  April 4th has been declared by the UN as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, to pressure states to develop and establish national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to safety, health, and lives of civilians. Global Studies students are looking for people to participate in their Lend Your Leg walk, in which people roll up a sleeve or pant leg as a symbolic gesture to show solidarity with survivors of landmines. 

The event begins at 11 with a guest speaker in the quad. Before and after this they will be handing out red hats for a minimum donation of $2 for those planning on joining the walk. Afterwards, they will host a bbq with snacks/lunch, and proceed to walk around Waterloo with picket signs.  It would be great to have some PACS representation at this event! If you have questions, email Aislynn Cooper at coop0820@mylaurier.ca. For more information about the campaign, visit the UN campaign webpage, and the facebook event page, or follow them @WLULendYourLeg on twitter.

Dispatches from the Burning Ground: Compassionate Presence and Faith-based Peacebuilding

john-paul-lederach-poster@ April 12 @ 7pm @ Conrad Grebel Great Hall. John Paul Lederach, widely known for his work on  conflict transformation, will speak on his latest work, which reflects on compassion. he will explore the question: how do you accompany, alleviate suffering, and create space for the creative emergence of the person again after tremendous loss?

John Paul Lederach is a Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is the author of 22 books, including The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace. Check out the event web page for more info.

Internships/Job Postings

PACS Student Communications Assistant

Deadline March 28. PACS is looking to hire a new Communications Assistant for next year! The job entails managing PACS social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress blog), assisting in promoting, planning, and implementing PACS Sponsored events, Design and write the bi-weekly PACS bulletin, and maintain the website.

This part time job is 10-15 hours a week at $11.50 an hour and the student must be enrolled in a PACS plan. The student must have excellent communication skills, knowledge of social media, creativity and eye for web design principles, a vision for connecting to fellow students and assisting with PACS student society as VP of Education, exceptional competency in an independent work environment, and able to take initiative. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references that can be contacted as required to Eric Lepp, eric.lepp@uwaterloo.ca. If you have any questions about the position, feel free to email me (Emily), the current Communications Assistant, at pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca or view the full job description.

TOOLS (Toronto Ontario Opportunities for Learning and Service) Program Assistant

toolsMennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario is hiring a summer intern to help with the TOOLS (Toronto Ontario Opportunities for Learning and Service) program. TOOLS is a learning experience that combines opportunities for service along with space for learning and reflection around issues of poverty, homelessness, and marginalization. Groups of 8 to 25 people participate in this urban immersion experience.

The application deadline is March 31. This is a paid internship. The intern must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must be returning to school in the fall. Duties include working to lead group orientation, work with the host churches, working with group leaders, leading groups around the city, develop/enhance bible study and learning sessions, gather information on poverty in Toronto, and more.

Visit the full position description for more information.

International Affairs Research Internship in New York City with MCC

MCC logo_31356This is an unpaid summer internship to work in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)’s UN office. ¬†The intern will research and monitor international policies in areas/themes where MCC service workers are affected, as well as network with members of the broader UN and NGO communities and develop related skills while attending and reporting on meetings and presentations.

Application deadline is April 1. MCC will cover lodging for the 6 week duration of the internship, from July 10 to August 22. The full internship description can be read online.

Global Education Coordinator with Casa Canadiense Community Development Centre

casa canadienseThe Casa Canadiense is a Canadian/Nicaraguan solidarity organization that supports grassroots community development in Nicaragua and engages Canadian youth in initiatives that raise global awareness. The organization aims to promote solidarity between Canadians and Nicaraguans, as well as to support small scale community development projects in Nicaragua.

They are looking to hire a Global Education Coordinator. This is a 24 month renewable contract starting in July 1 for a person to work in their office in Nicaragua. Responsibilities include the Global Education Program and Logistics for Groups, Hosting Visitors, the Resource Centre, Communications, and Support to the Centre Manager. The candidate should have a relevant University or College degree, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, have previous experience in Latin America, have a high proficiency in Spanish and English, and possess a valid Canadian Driver’s license.

The stipend is $500 US per month, free accommodation and utilities, emergency health insurance, four weeks vacation per year including one return airfare to Canada during two year period, as well as the flights at the beginning and end of contract. More information can be found online.

Online Media Internship with Nobel Women’s Initiative

nw_logo_721The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and six courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice, and equality. They are looking for a dynamic intern who wants to learn more about how women’s rights organizations work and make a meaningful contribution to our online and social media program.

Deadline to apply is March 30th at midnight. This is an unpaid internship and there is a commitment of 30 hours of work per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, beginning in April/May 2014. The intern will promote the Nobel Women’s Initiative through social media, develop new content and update the website, search media for topics related to the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s work, update the Nobel Women’s Initiative media database, as well as administrative and logistical support.

More information online on the Nobel Women’s Initiative site.

Volunteer in the field of Restorative Justice

CRJCThe newly formed Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium (CRJC) is looking for some volunteer help with research, data entry, and social media to enhance the current website. The goal of the not for profit CRJC is to become a hub for information on RJ in Canada. This is a national organization, registered in Newfoundland, with the Board is made up of people from across Canada.

The position requires input on a daily basis, several hours to a full day depending on the interest of the candidate, and work will be done from your own computer/home. This is an unpaid volunteer position. 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.

You can see more about CRJC at www.crjc.ca.    If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Hermina Richter, Chair of CRJC at herminarichter@gmail.com.


Our Shared Future: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine

compassionate listening@ May 14-25 @ Israel and Palestine.¬†The Compassionate Listening Project is leading a¬†Journey to the heart of Israel and Palestine with the trip “Our Shared Future: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine. ¬†Compassionate listening is based on a simple yet profound formula for the resolution of conflict: that to help reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of all sides. Participants will listen to people whose lives are profoundly impacted by this protracted conflict. The goal during these visits is to understand the person talking, whatever their position or “side.”

The cost is just under $3,000, excluding airfare; this price includes two meals a day, speakers, training, and on-ground expenses. The group is limited to 20 people. They are seeking participants who have a genuine interest in the experience, hopes, dreams, and humanity of all Israelis and Palestinians. A diversity of participants is welcome, from students to couples, to families, to retirees, from all backgrounds.

To find more information and register visit the Compassionate Listening Webpage.

WPIRG Campus Survey

wpirgWPIRG is a powerful tool UW students and other campus community members can use to make the campus and community more just and sustainable. They have designed this survey for you to tell them what matters to you most and about how WPIRG’s resources can be best put towards it.

The survey takes about 5 min to complete and you will have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Campus Retail Services. Click here to take the survey.

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.


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