Undergrad Bulletin – Jan. 20

Jan. 20, 2015


  • CIC Waterloo: Climate Geopolitics – Jan. 21
  • “Examining the Neoliberal University and White Narratives of Race” – Jan. 23
  • “Change your mind and Change the World: A Larry Smith Talk” – Jan. 27
  • PACS Pub Night – Jan. 29
  • Further Education Boot Camp – Jan. 31


  • Applications open for PACS Society Executives
  • University of Waterloo’s Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • ‘Social Movements and Social Change in Brazil’ Spring Course
  • WPIRG Action Groups
  • Empowering Proactive Youth and Communities (EPYC) volunteers
  • Mennonite Church Canada Student Practicums
  • The Power to Be International Internships
  • Beyond Borders


  • WPIRG Community Bursary

Conference / Journal Submissions

  • SMF Research Symposium, “Navigating Intersecting Identities in the Study of Sexualities, Relationships, and Families.” – Mar. 20
  • The Rapoport Journal for Peace, Conflict and Justice


  • Restorative Justice – Guiding Principles for Communities and Organizations Webinar


CIC Waterloo: Climate Geopolitics
cic logo@ 7pm – 9pm Jan. 21, Community Education Room, Conrad Grebel
Simon Dalby, a professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfred Laurier, will be leading a discussion entitled, “Climate Geopolitics”.  This is a free event hosted by the Waterloo Region Canadian International Council. Please contact Sylvia Ranson at sylviaranson@gmail.com to register.

“Examining the Neoliberal University and White Narratives of Race”
@ 1:30 – 3pm Jan. 23; EV3 4412
Professors Simpson and Young will be speaking about their latest books on the theme of white narratives of race and neoliberalism, followed by further discussion on the topic. Light refreshments will be provided.

Change your mind and change the world: A Larry Smith talk
larry smith@ 5:30 – 7:30 Jan. 27; St. Paul’s Rm. 105
Economics professor, Larry Smith, will be speaking at St. Paul’s Greenhouse about the need to think more analytically about the world’s major problems in order to achieve greater social progress. Following the talk, there will be a pizza reception in the Alumni hall. This is a free event but advance registration is required.

PACS Pub Night
kick off sports bar@ 9 to 11pm (or later!) Jan. 29, Kick-off Sports Bar (in the University Plaza)
This term, the PACS Society will be hosting monthly pub nights on the last Thursday of every month to hang out and get to know other PACS students. Take a study break or stop-in on the way home from a Thursday night class (hint, hint, Peace Through Tourism students) and have a drink with the PACS society!

Further Education Bootcamp
bootcamp@ Saturday, Jan. 31 in the Tatham Centre
The Centre for Career Action is hosting a series of Further Education workshops at a Boot Camp. It will feature workshops and experts from health, business, law and teaching as well as cover application requirements and admission tests. Create your bootcamp program here.


PACS Society Executive Positions Available
PACS Society is seeking executives for the 2015 – 2016 term for the following positions: VP External, VP Communication and VP Finance. Interested students must be in at least 2A and registered in a PACS plan. An overview of the positions can be found on the PACS Society website. Please submit a Peace and Conflict Studies Society Election Application form to the PACS Assistant (in the PACS office) by January 30th. Applications can also be picked up from the office. If you have any questions, e-mail pacssoc@gmail.com or pacsasst@uwaterloo.ca .  Elections will be held the beginning of February.

University of Waterloo’s Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
MPACS-headerApplication reviews will begin Feb. 1, 2015.
Applications are now available for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel! MPACS is a course-based degree program offering a unique, interdisciplinary focus on the role that individuals within civil society play as catalysts for peace. For more information, check out the MPACS website:https://uwaterloo.ca/master-peace-conflict-studies/ or come visit Kelly Brown in the PACS office!

“Social Movements and Social Change in Brazil” Spring Course
@ May 5 – 25
social movements and change in brazilThis is an intensive undergraduate spring course that takes place primarily in Brazil. It consists of the study of Brazilian social movements, politics and culture in general, and  in particular, the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (Movimento de Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra do Brasil or MST). The course will include studies of and meetings with Brazilian social movements, labour unions, political parties, universities, and other actors on the political scene in Brazil. The period in Brazil will be preceded and followed by research and essay assignments. Please e-mail the MST Course Application Form or any questions to danfmarques@gmail.com.

WPIRG Action Groups
WPIRGWPIRG is looking for new volunteers for their Action Groups and Community Partners: Waterloo350, Food Not Bombs, Kitchener-Solidarity Solidarity Network and Amnesty International. If you’re interested, contact Kalin Stacey at kalin@wpirg.org.

Empowering Proactive Youth and Communities (EPYC) Volunteers
epyc-logoThe EPYC is seeking postsecondary students to facilitate a workshop series for high school students focused on the following themes: finding your passion and developing leadership skills, our community and partnerships, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and the social start-up. If you’re interested, please contact lily@epycinitiatives.com.

Mennonite Church Canada Student Practicums
mennonite church canadaThe Mennonite Church Canada is offering a number of Student Practicums for those interested in short-term assignments abroad. Short-term placements are available in Burkina Faso, Philippines, Israel, Palestine, Thailand, and others.

The Power to Be International Internships
power to be internationalThe Power to Be organizes volunteer groups to the Caribbean to engage with youth and community development. They currently have a spring program in St. Lucia with a focus on Child and Youth Work and Community Service Program placements. More information is available on their website.

Beyond Borders
Deadline to apply: Feb. 11, 2015
beyond bordersThe St. Jerome’s Beyond borders program offers students the opportunity to engage with social justice issues and develop new perspectives through two courses, pre-departure sessions and a service experience abroad. See the attached Beyond Borders Poster or visit www.sju.ca/beyondborders for more information.


Community Builder Applications
community buidlingThe Community Builder bursary is valued at $500 and is awarded by WPIRG. All full-time undergraduate students are welcome to apply; preference is given to students who are involved in community-focused work. More information and the application form can be found here.

conference / journal submissions

SMF Research Symposium, “Navigating Intersecting Identities in the Study of Sexualities, Relationships, and Families”
@ Mar. 20, 2015, St. Jerome’s University
Proposal deadline: Feb. 2, 2015
one-day conference highlights student and faculty research dealing with issues of social justice, personal/professional ethics, and responsible citizenship. The conference is seeking submissions for presentations related to this theme, such as sexualities and the intersections of gender, race,  class and ability; social justice, power, privilege and social location; gender, identity and relationships; diverse family structures; and experiences of immigrant families. Proposals should be 300 words and submitted with a brief CV. Proposals should be submitted to ccopland@uwaterloo.ca by Feb. 2, 2015. More information can be found on their website.

The Rapoport Journal for Peace, Conflict and Justice
Submission deadline: Feb. 16, 2015
The Rapoport Journal is an undergraduate journal for showcasing exceptional student work. They are accepting submissions ranging from poetry, photography, book reviews, op-eds, and long form essays that have not been published elsewhere. Please e-mail submissions to journal@pcjsociety.ca with the title of your paper and the letter grade received. Full submission guidelines can be found here.


Restorative Justice – Guiding Principles for Communities and Organizations Free Webinar
The CTRI offers a complimentary webinar each month. This webinar offers a framework for answering the question “How do we respond meaningfully to harmful or criminal actions” based on the principles of restorative justice.

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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