Grad Bulletin – January 19th – February 2nd




  • Cinema Politica documentary screening : The house I live in
  • Sever Ties Referendum
  • The soldier, the diplomat and the humanitarian. Navigating the security-development nexus – Lecture with Jenny Baechler
  • Waterloo Region Welcomes Refugees
  • GRADventure : Graduate professional development skills program
  • Applied Studies in Peacemaking : Caux Scholars Program
  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
  • Apply Now for the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding
  • Ontario Internship Program (OIP) now hiring for 2016
  • Program Consultant – World Renew
  • Service Coordinator – Community Justice Initiatives




Cinema Politica Documentary Screening : The House I live in

When: January 20th @ 7pm to 10pm
Location: The Princess Cinemas. 46 King Street N

As America remains embroiled in overseas conflict, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. For over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.

Filmed in more than twenty states and shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures a definitive and heart-wrenching portrait of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, revealing its profound human rights implications.

Sever Ties Referendum

In November 2015, the Federation of Students received a petition of over 4000 signatures to initiate a referendum for the following question:

“Do you think the University of Waterloo should sever ties with the following institutions due to their complicity in violations of the human rights of Palestinians: University of Haifa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science?”

As per the Feds by-laws, “A Referendum for any purpose connected with the affairs of the Corporation may only be called by: A requisition in writing of either twenty-nine hundred (2900) voting members or at least ten percent (10%) of the voting members of the Corporation, whichever is fewer..” Feds President Chris Lolas was then to verify the validity of the signatures. It was determined that over 2900 signatures were from voting members of Feds, and a referendum was called.
As per the Feds Elections and Referenda procedures, the “All-committee meeting” will form the YES and NO campaign committees, and elect a Chair for each side. All undergraduate students are welcome to join either committee at this meeting. The meeting will also cover the rules of campaigning for each side.

Any questions can be directed to the Elections and Referendum Officer at or the President at

Vote January 25th– 27th at

The soldier, the diplomat and the humanitarian. Navigating the security-development nexus – Lecture with Jenny Baechler

When: Friday, January 22 from 2:30-4:00pm
Location: Arts Lecture Hall (AL), room 113

Increasingly we understand that tackling some of society’s complex problems involves leveraging knowledge, skills and perspectives of multiple actors. What challenges are present when networks of people and organizations who aren’t ‘built’ to work together are required to share an operational space? We’ll explore this question through the inter-related issues of global insecurity and global underdevelopment.

Jenny Baechler holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European University Centre for Peace Studies and is a PhD Candidate in Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary PhD program. She is also a lecturer in the Rowe School of Business and the Associate Director of Dal’s Corporate Residency MBA Program.  Her research integrates the fields of public administration, peace/conflict studies, international development studies and complexity theory and explores opportunities for and barriers to cross-boundary collaboration (whole-of-government) within the context of international stabilisation and peacebuilding efforts.


Reminders and Information

Waterloo Region Welcomes Refuges

The local refugee/immigrant supporting agencies have created a ‘hub’ to welcome refugees to Waterloo Region, with info about how to help. Check out their website to see how you can get involved and volunteer

Visit their website here


​ GRADventure is a central hub of professional development resources designed specifically for graduate students at the University of Waterloo.

It’s a “one-stop shop,” where you’ll find relevant resources, special events listings, and details about upcoming workshops that were designed for you. We know that graduate students have unique needs when it comes to professional development; that’s why GRADventure events and resources are open exclusively to graduate students (and sometimes postdocs).

No matter which career path you choose to pursue, we’ve got you covered. We have workshops that range from effective writing and research strategies, to academic and professional integrity, to grant proposals and a workshop focused on “translating academic experience to industry” in your job applications.

Explore our offerings, which are organized into three series: inquire, connect, and strategize. 




Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition at the University of Waterloo

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is a university-wide competition for research-based masters and doctoral students at the University of Waterloo.

Competitors have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience.

The 3MT was established by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008 and has quickly gained momentum in the years following it’s inception. In September 2010 the first Trans-Tasman competition was held, with 33 universities participating from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

In April 2013 the first Ontario provincial 3MT competition was held at Queen’s University, Kingston. Subsequent provincial competitions have been held at McMaster University, Hamilton (2014), and Western University, London (2015). This year the provincial 3MT will be hosted by our neighbours down the street at Wilfrid Laurier University, on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

The winners of the provincial 3MT competition advance to the National Three Minute Thesis competition, which is hosted by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS).

The deadline for students to register for the event is February 5, 2016.

Register online here

Apply Now for the 2016 – Canadian School of Peacebuilding

You are invited you to join us at the 8th annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), which will be held June 13-17 and 20-24, 2016, in Winnipeg, Canada. Registration is available online or using our PDF forms at

Our five-day format allows time to build meaningful relationships and for deep exploration of ideas.  At only $542 for a week of training ($748 for academic credit), CSOP offers world-class training at rates much lower than most other programs or conferences.

Are you wondering if the CSOP is right for you?  Unsure if you would fit in?  The CSOP community is wildly diverse and if you are interested in learning more about peace, the CSOP is a fit for you.  Anyone who is 21 or older, has a high school diploma and speaks English qualifies to participate.

Our five-day courses this year, as always, touch on a range of topics, including indigenous stories, restorative justice, community development, trauma healing, biblical healing, arts and peacebuilding and peace skills.  We’ve brought back some our our best instructors and we’re bringing in other world-class instructors who will be at the CSOP for the first time

If you have any questions or want more information, check out our website or send Valerie Smith and Wendy Kroeker (CSOP Co-Directors) an e-mail at

Ontario Internship Program (OIP) is now accepting applications for 2016! Check out their website here to see what jobs are avaliable


Job Opportunities

Program Consultant – World Renew

Department: Latin America Ministries Team (LAMT)
Reports to: Latin America Ministries Team Leader
Status: 100% FTE, exempt
Salary Level: 12

This position will be based in Honduras and will contribute to the achievement of World Renew’s strategy in country and the overall strategy, policies and functioning of the Latin America Ministry Team. This position also shares responsibility to ensure that position priorities, as well as in-country and regional strategies, are in alignment with World Renew’s mission, values and strategic plan.

1. Program Consultation
Work with partner organizations, providing consultation and training to improve policies, programs and systems:
• Implement and improve the community transformation strategy (ensuring community capacity building and the attainment of impacts)
• Implement and improve quality of community development programs in sectors including income generation, health, education, agriculture and diaconal service (ensuring outcomes)
• Strengthen partner organizations (ensuring organizational capacity building)

2. Resource Development and Constituency Relations
• Work with partner organizations to write and submit grant proposals for funding outside of World Renew financing. This will be a focus of the position and includes working with partners to establish and maintain funding from multiple donors
• In coordination with the agency’s constituency relations team, provide photos, stories, video clips, gift catalog suggestions and other information necessary to cultivate relationships with churches and individuals across North America and build financial support for community development
• In coordination with the agency’s constituency relations team, visit and make presentations to schools, churches and individuals when in North America to foster learning, engagement and support for World Renew’s ministry

3. Field Activities
• Contribute to the in-country strategy and ensure alignment with World Renew’s foundational policies
• Contribute to the successful completion of World Renew activity in-country: budgeting, planning, monthly financial reporting, quarterly program reporting and coordinating with other agencies for joint activities
• Participate in the Honduras country team, composed of various other agency and denominational staff
• Encourage World Renew partner organizations to participate actively in existing networks in the country or build a consortium of local-level organizations with which World Renew has worked

4. World Renew Organizational Activities
• Translate the plans, budgets, and reports of partner organizations into format(s) needed within World Renew
• Produce plans, reports and narratives as required
• Facilitate donor and/or home office staff as needed
• Assist in disaster response activities, when required in-country

5. Team Activities
• Participate in LAMT meetings to help the team develop its strategy and policies and/or represent LAMT decisions and strategies in consultation relationships with partner organizations
• Contribute to the refinement and growth of the LAMT strategy, encouraging alignment with World Renew’s strategic plan
• Contribute to at least one ongoing function of the LAMT, such as representing the team on a working group or serving as a liaison to one of the functional teams
• Provide coaching in an area of technical expertise

6. Other Activities
Perform other duties as assigned, including miscellaneous tasks necessary for functioning in country (i.e. spiritual retreat planning, assist in planning for ministry team assemblies, liaison with other agencies)

This position is not responsible to supervise other World Renew staff.

1. Committed to serving Jesus Christ, consistent with the values of World Renew and the Christian Reformed Church
2. Demonstrated ability to implement, improve and integrate community development programs through consultation; this includes building trust cross-culturally and across organizations
3. Demonstrated commitment to promote a work environment that values diversity and equality, as well as maintain respectful relationships with others
4. Demonstrated commitment to work towards gender equality in all aspects of our programming, plans, policies and organizational structure
5. Commitment to core development and disaster response concepts, models and values
6. Excellent communication (both written and verbal) skills to advance program development, monitoring and reporting
7. Demonstrated financial skills in budgeting, understanding financial reports, and providing oversight
8. Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting and develop team skills in others
9. Proactive and able to work with minimal supervision
10. Advanced competence in Microsoft Word and Excel

1. A bachelor’s degree is required, in a field related to international development (agriculture and/or economic growth and/or livelihoods) is a definite asset
2. Minimum of two years of work experience in a cross cultural context in community development and organizational consultation , in one or more area(s) of microfinance, agricultural economics, community development, literacy, or community health, is required
3. Grant writing and project management experience is a definite asset

Fluent/proficient in both Spanish and English and able to work professionally in both languages

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Living and travel conditions with unreliable access to water and electricity and increased exposure to illness
2. Travel in insecure and/or impoverished areas that have no infrastructure or support structures
3. Travel up to 30% of the time to carry out assigned duties in-country, in-region and in North America


Service Coordinator
Community Justice Initiatives
Position Status: Full Time
Hours: 35 hours per week
Wage: $21.03/hour
Start Date: TBD – contract until March 31, 2017 with a possibility of extension
Scope of Position:
Community Justice Initiatives is accepting applications for a Service Coordinator.
The Service Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Programs and Program Coordinator and will be responsible for developing and implementing a reintegration support program for men coming out of the justice system.
Community Justice Initiatives is an organization which has pioneered innovative programs in restorative justice for 40 years. Our mission is to inspire safe, healthy and peaceful communities, one resolution at a time.

Key Responsibilities:
 Develop a reintegration support program for men leaving incarceration
 Develop and maintain strong partnerships with New Directions halfway house and Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
Adapt Stride and BackHome models, processes and materials to reflect the needs of men coming out of incarceration
 Design, plan and facilitate regular rec night programming in both New Directions and Stonehenge locations
 Recruit, train and supervise volunteers
 Facilitate engagement of volunteers and men in custody through rec night activities
 Facilitate annual program evaluation and initiate annual planning day
 Develop and maintain positive relationships with halfway house staff and community
Skills, Competencies and Requirements:
 Post-secondary education in the social services field and /or experiential equivalent
 Excellent leadership and organizational capabilities, along with great people skills
 In-depth understanding of restorative justice philosophy and principles
 Experience with social recreation program planning, working with volunteers, large and small group facilitation skills
 Experience and knowledge of working with men in conflict with the law, dealing with addictions and/or mental health issues
 An understanding of the reintegration needs of men leaving custody
 Ability to ensure a high level of confidentiality
 Must have availability to work a minimum of 2 evenings/week
 Must have access to reliable transportation, a valid Ontario G class licence and minimum $1M liability insurance
 Police reference check will be required

This posting will be open until January 28, 2016. Please apply with a cover letter and resume to:
Bernice Burnett
Community Justice Initiatives
49 Queen St. N., Kitchener, ON N2H 2G9
Fax 519-744-6502

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