Undergrad Bulletin April 8

Well, this is it folks! The end of term! I hope you’ve had a good term/year and that all your exams go well :). This is the last news bulletin of the year; I will still post any interesting opportunities and events I receive on Facebook or Twitter until the end of exams though.

If you have any suggestions to improve the bulletin or other communications you receive from PACS, send me an email at pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca and I’ll pass on your feedback to the next Communications Assistant. Have a great end of term!

Beyond Borders at St. Jerome’s!!

DSC04111Consider doing an international field study placement through Beyond Borders! Beyond Borders is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 cohort. The program consists of a 90 day international volunteer placement, preceded by 2 academic classes to prepare students going into the field. This year students are going to Kenya, Uganda, Ukraine, Ecuador, Peru, Botswana, and the Dominican Republic. The placement can count as a co-op work term or as a field study credit. Check out www.sju.ca/beyondborders for more information.


  • Dispatches from the Burning Ground: Compassionate Presence and Faith-based Peacebuilding- April 12
  • Grebel Convocation Ceremony- April 13
  • Rudy Wiebe reading from “Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman”- April 15
  • Energy and the Environment; Risks and the Future- April 22
  • Voice of Survivors: Journey into Hope- April 26
  • The Canadian Index of Wellbeing: How are Ontarians Really Doing?- April 30


  • Technology for Human Rights Course- April 14th
  • Volunteer Opportunities in Anti-Genocide Advocacy with STAND Canada

Summer Job:

  • Peace Camp Assistant Intern and Outreach Facilitator


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.

Grebel Convocation Ceremony

@ April 13 @ 2pm @ Modern Languages Theatre. Join Music, PACS, MTS, MPACS, and Grebel residence students to celebrate their graduation from Waterloo. All friends and family of graduating students are welcome!

The official ceremony starts at 2 pm in the Theatre of the Arts in the Modern Languages building. Afterwards, a reception with food and drink will be held at Conrad Grebel; all friends and family are welcome.

Rudy Wiebe reading from “Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman

Rudy_Wiebe@ April 15 @ 4-5pm @ HH rom 334. Rudy Wiebe won the Governor General Award for some of his works, is coming to the University of Waterloo to perform a reading from his work “Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman.” There will be a Q&A session afterwards as well.

At the event there will be door prizes, books for sale, and refreshments. All are welcome. This is part of a series of author events held by the uWaterloo bookstore.

Energy and the Environment; Risks and the Future

@April 22 @ 7pm- 10pm @ Biology 1, Rm 271. Professors Maurice Dusseault and Steve Evans of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Waterloo will be discussing the environmental impact of different energy sources and try to quantify the relative benefits and risks of each one. No energy source is free, and we must inform ourselves of the environmental impact of all our energy sources before we rush into untenable or excessively costly optinos. Canada is both a major consumer and a major exporter of energy and so this analysis is relevant to the current debates around energy sources.

This public lecture is free and open to all. Visit the event webpage for more information.

Voice of Survivors: Journey into Hope

voice of survivors@April 26 @ 9am-1pm @ Notre Dame Convent, 1921 Snake Rd, Burlington, L7P4Y2. In this event, three women will be telling their stories of entrapment in the world of commercial sexual exploitation and their escape: Timea Nagy, Celeste Swan, and Katarina McLeod are the speakers. These women have gleaned much important knowledge from their personal journeys, and listening to those with lived experience of exploitation is a vital component of moving forward and addressing the issues of commercial sexual exploitation. After the women have spoken, there will be a panel and a question and answer session.

This event is by freewill offering. Please pre-register by April 11th by phone (289-813-0703) or email- (stophumantraffickingwaterdown@gmail.com). All are welcome!

Canadian Index of Wellbeing: How are Ontarians Really Doing?

@ April 30 @ 6pm-8pm @  Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive. Looking at how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing can track the wellbeing of Ontarians to ensure better health and quality of life outcomes for all. The objective of the Café Scientifique is for health researchers and community health agency practitioners to share how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), housed at the University of Waterloo, can be used to track the wellbeing of Ontarians to ensure better health and quality of life outcomes for all.

Moderated by CBC host Craig Norris, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute their views. Free admission and light refreshments will be served. All welcome! Register online at eventbrite.ca.


Technology for Human Rights Course

quadcopter@April 14th. This 5 week course teaches students about the relationship between technological tools and human rights through a combination of theory, principles, and real-world case studies from Kenya, Iran, and the Arab Spring. This will leave them equipped with the knowledge needed to incorporate technology into their own campaigns.

Course content is delivered through audio lectures, slides, videos, readings, small projects, and live video discussions. The price is $99. For more information about the course and how to sign up, visit their course website.

Volunteer in Anti-genocide Advocacy with STAND Canada

stand-logoSTAND Canada has become the leading organization for youth led anti-genocide advocacy and activism They aim to make genocide prevention a cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy and are dedicated to making it easy for Canadians to stay updated on current situations in the Sudans and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as provide them with actions they can do to make a difference.

Open volunteer positions include Human Resources Director, Deputy Police Director, Deputy Fundraising Director, and Web Content Manager. Visit the STAND website for more details on the positions and how to apply.

Summer Job

Peace Camp Assistant Intern and Outreach Facilitator

peacecamp2014 (1)Do you like working with kids and teaching about peace? Peace camp is looking for another student to join the team! This person would assist with the promotion, development, and implementation of a peace focused camp for older children (age 11-14) to be held at Grebel. Duties include contacting local schools and community centres to drop off posters, develop new partnerships, promote Peace Camp at festivals and events, maintain Peace Camp’s social media/online presence, help develop and implement resources for Peace Camp programming.

The contract is for 14 weeks, from may 5th to August 8th, and there are guaranteed 20 hours a week, with potential increase to 30 hours if approved for Canada Summer Jobs funding. The wage is $12 an hour.

Deadline is April 14th, and applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Contact Katie Gingerich with any questions, and resume and cover letter should be addressed to Katie Gingerich and sent to peacecamp@uwaterloo.ca.

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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