Welcome Back Bulletin – Undergrad and Grad Students

Hello everyone and welcome back for another term in Peace and Conflict Studies! I’m Kiara Elliott, a 4th year PACS student and the new PACS communications assistant.  I hope all of you had a wonderful summer. As you start getting back into school mode, be sure to check out our bi-weekly bulletin for all PACS related events , opportunities, news, and more. Also follow us on twitter @PACSgrebel and like the PACS Facebook page (there is one for undergrads and one for grad students) to stay up to date on all things PACS.

If you’re not yet on the mailing list, email pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca and we’ll add you. Email us here as well if you’d like to be unsubscribed.

In this bulletin:



  • Thursday Talk
  • Annual St. Paul’s Pow Wow
  • 2014 Ride for Refuge
  • UW Farm Market


  • Peru Intern Position
  • Peace Brigades International Volunteers


  • Peace Projects

Department Changes

We’ve had quite a few changes to the PACS department this term, so here are some key people to know if you have any questions, concerns or just want to get more involved in the PACS community:

Rachel Reist

Rachel ReistRachel is the new Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Officer & Field Studies / Internships Coordinator.  She’ll handle any questions about PACs or field studies for undergrad students. Just stop by the PACS office in Conrad Grebel (Rm 2103B), send her an e-mail at rreist@uwaterloo.ca or call her at 519-885-0220 x24269.

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

Kelly is also new to the department as the PACS Administrative and Graduate Coordinator. She is available to help you with general PACS questions, grad student concerns, or if you’re interested in the graduate studies program. She is also in the PACS office (Rm 2103) or you can reach her at km4brown@uwaterloo.ca or 519-885-0220 x24216.

Lowell Ewert

Lowell, the Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, has returned from sabbatical. You can direct any serious PACS concerns to him. He is located in the PACS office (Rm 2103A) and you can reach him at lmewert@uwaterloo.ca and 519-885-0220 x24380.

Kiara Elliott

Kiara ElliottI’m the new PACS Communications Assistant so you’ll be hearing from me a lot throughout the term via this PACS bulletin, social media, and the PACS website. I’m a 4th year PACS major in the Arts and Business program.  If you have any events or opportunities that you think might be of interest to other PACS students or have questions about any events I’ve posted, you can look for me in the PACS office (Rm 2103 at Grebel) or email me at pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca!


All staff and faculty can also be found on the PACS website here: https://uwaterloo.ca/peace-conflict-studies/about/people.


Thursday Talk: Lyn Bishop and Tim Wright

@ Thursday September 18 @ 12:10 to 1pm @ Conrad Grebel Rm 2201.

Next week, we will continue with our Thursday Talks for Graduate Students. This talk will feature Lyn Bishop and Tim Wright, founders of Sauti Moja (One Voice), an organization that does peacebuilding work in Northern Kenya. This may also be a good networking opportunity for the MPACS internship!

11th Annual St. Paul’s Pow Wow

@ Saturday Sept. 27 and Sunday Sept. 28  @ 10am to 5pm @ St. Paul’s.

The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre is hosting the 11th Annual Traditional Pow Wow, honouring  Aboriginal cultural traditions for future generations. Come out and enjoy the traditional drum groups, dancing, craft vendors, exhibits, and more! Grand entry is at noon.

Ride for Refuge

October 4th @ Waterloo, ON

Mennonite Church Canada has partnered with Ride for Refuge for the first national church bike-a-thon in support of Witness workers Nathan and Taryn Dirks, working with at-risk youth in Botswana.  If you’re interested in supporting the cause and participating in the ride, start a team and visit: http://rideforrefuge.org/partner/mennonitechurch.ca and click on “Start a Team” to register.

UW Farm Market

@ various dates @ the Lower Atrium, SLC

The UW Farm Market has returned for the fall term! Come visit the market in the SLC and enjoy the fresh harvest of local farms, preserves, honeys, and fresh baked goods. All produce is locally sourced from the Waterloo area. The dates are as follows:

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 25, 2014 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Peace Brigades International

Deadline September 12 2014.

PBI is an international NGO promoting non-violence and the protection of human rights. They are looking for field volunteers to support threatened human rights defenders in Kenya. The position is set to start January 2015 with a minimum 12-month commitment. The position covers flight, health insurance, training and a stipend. For a complete job description and more information visit: http://www.pbicanada.org/index.php/en/about-us-2/job-postings/49-where-we-work/kenya/189-kenya-field-volunteers. The deadline to apply is September 12, 2014.

Intern Assistant Coordinator with Nexos Voluntarios (NeVo)

Deadline September 11, 2014.

NeVo is a Peruvian based NGO promoting Human Responsible Development in communities in Peru. In 2009, they began working on the Media Luna Rural Tourism project dedicated to the economic empowerment of members of the rural tourism association. They are currently looking for an intern to assist with this project, starting September 15. For more details visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/PMwhhZkf8h8d/. The deadline to apply is September 11, 2014.


Peace Projects

Deadline September 30, 2014.

The Peace  Projects is a grant program organized by The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF). They are providing project grants to individuals or NGOs working to prevent or respond to conflicts and establish lasting peace.  Project proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2014. For more details, visit: http://peaceprojects.net/.


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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