Undergrad Bulletin – Feb. 3

February 3, 2015


  • PACS Field Study Info Session – Feb. 4
  • 2015 School of Public Interest – No Action Without Inquiry: Strategies for Solidarity – Feb. 5-6
  • Bring on the Sunshine African Festival – Feb. 16
  • ConflictedED International Development Conference – Feb. 27
  • Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship / AVDS – Feb. 13 – 15


  • Annual Global Solutions Lab “Human Rights and Human Development: Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030” – June 21-29
  • NGO Abroad International Opportunities in Conflict Resolution
  • IPD International Summer Academy Programs in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Conflict Resolution & Intercultural Dialogue
  • St. Paul’s Greenhouse

Conference Submissions

  • Engage 2015: “Making the Familiar Strange in the Social World”


  • PACS-Specific Scholarships


  • Lenten Guided Prayer Resource Packet


PACS Field Study Info Session
rachel cropped again@ 12pm, Wednesday, Feb. 4 in Conrad Grebel Rm. 1300
Thinking about a field study? Join us on Wednesday to learn more about field studies, including what to expect, how to prepare, and why it’s a great thing to do! This is your opportunity to hear personal experiences from previous field study students and get all your questions answered. Pizza lunch will be provided.

2015 School of Public Interest – No Action Without Inquiry: Strategies for Solidarity
spi wpirg@ Feb. 5 & 6, location T.B.A.
This year’s conference will focus on the importance of rooting our politics in a sound understanding of the concept of solidarity and of approaching politics with a serious commitment to thinking through the what, why and how of our campus and community organizing. Join the event page for details and check out the conference schedule here.

Bring on the Sunshine African Festival
bring on the sunshine african festival@ 10am – 5pm, Feb. 16 at Kitchener City Hall
Come out for a day of African dance and singing groups, drumming, ethnic food, artists and artisans, clothing and fashion, including games and workshops for children at this family day event celebrating Africa, culture, community, and family during Black History Month in KW.

ConflictED International Development Conference 
@ Feb. 27 at CIGI (The Centre for International Governance Innovation), Uptown Waterloo
conflictEDThis annual student run conference hosted by the Waterloo Student Association of International Development provides a forum for students, academics, and professionals to participate and engage in dialogue regarding the struggles and opportunities of education in conflict regions. The conference structure will include a wide variety of speakers, round table discussions, displays and booths to interact with development representatives. Tickets are available here for $15.

Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship / AVDS 
@ Feb. 13 – 15, Hesston College, Kansas
AVDSSavetheDate-forWeb-1500-1170x585The annual Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship will be held this year at Hesston College in conjunction with their AVDS event. The cost is $35 and includes housing in a dorm room with other students, Saturday morning break snack, noon meal, afternoon snack, and evening meal. The cost includes the AVDS conference as well. Register here.


Global Solutions Lab: Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030
@ June 21 – 29 at the United Nations and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia 
design science labParticipants are first briefed by UN experts and learn a design and planning methodology, which they then use to develop designs, programs, and strategies to deal with a critical global problem. Ideas are presented at the UN and published in a book. The cost of the program is $950. Find out more here.

NGO Abroad: International Careers & Volunteering
NGOabroad provides services to help you enter or advance in international humanitarian work and frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities. They currently have international opportunities in conflict resolution in the following regions: Palestine / Israel, Rwanda, Indonesia, Uganda, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Costa Rica for a variety of different projects. They are seeking students and experienced professionals for these volunteer opportunities. For more information visit their website.

IPD International Summer Academy Programs in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Conflict Resolution & Intercultural Dialogue 
@ August 7-17 or August 17-27 in Baar, Switzerland
The Institute for Peace and Dialogue offers a comprehensive summer program to support institutional academic peacebuilding, mediation and conflict resolution education and strengthen the skills of state, business, and education representatives. The program involves workshops, lectures, presentations, interactive group work, brainstorming, case studies, and more. For more information, visit their website.

St. Paul’s Greenhouse
Application deadline: Feb. 8
St.Paul’s Greenhouse is recruiting for Spring and Fall 2015. If you’re interested in joining a UW-linked accelerator to help you start a social enterprise, this is the place to be. St. Paul’s Greenhouse will provide you with weekly workshops, one-on-one guidance, access to networks and grants, and an opportunity to pitch your ideas to help you get your idea off the ground. More information is available here or on their website.

Conference submissions

Engage 2015: “Making the Familiar Strange in the Social World”
Deadline for abstract submissions: Mar. 1, 2015
Conference: Mar. 14, 2015
The Annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Guelph is seeking submissions from 4th year students in the field of Social and Applied Human Sciences for papers and poster presentations. Topics may include: rural, community and development studies; work and family in a changing global context; criminology and criminal justice; ethnicity and identity politics, etc. Abstracts must be between 200-300 words with the title, author affiliation, and specification of submission form (paper or poster). Please send submissions to soanconf@uoguelph.ca. Monetary awards will also be presented for best submissions in a variety of categories. For more information, view the flyer.


PACS Scholarships
Deadline to apply: March 2
The PACS department offers a number of PACS-specific scholarships every year. A list of scholarships are available on our website or on the application form. There is one form for all scholarships. Complete details are available on the PACS Scholarship Application Form 2015. Submit applications to Rachel Reist in the PACS office by March 2.


Lenten Guided Prayer Packet
lenten guided prayerMennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada is offering a Lenten Guided Prayer resource packet to organizations or individuals. This is a 6-week series to help you engage prayerfully with the Lenten biblical texts used in Sunday worship services. The cost is $20 for individual use and you can register here.

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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