Undergrad Bulletin – January 19th to February 2nd

Highlights

Events

  • 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
  • “Stories as Maps in Indigenous Rhetorical Practice” a talk with Dr. Malea Powell
Reminders/Information
  • Waterloo Region Welcomes Refugees
  • Undergraduate Awards Database
Opportunities
  • Summer Study Abroad Experience at the American university in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Job Posting
  • Service Coordinator – Community Justice Initiatives
  • Peace camp – Day Camp Director and School Workshop Director

 

Events

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 elections@feds.ca or the President at pres@feds.ca

Vote January 25th– 27th at vote.feds.ca

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.

“Stories as Maps in Indigenous Rhetorical Practice” A talk with Dr. Malea Powell
When: January 29th @3:30
Location: PAS 2438Dr. Powell directs the Rhetoric and Writing program at Michigan State, where she also teaches in the American Studies and American Indian Studies programs. Her research focuses on the rhetorics of survivance used by 19th-century American Indian intellectuals, and on the material cultural rhetorics of American Indian artists. Her talk at Waterloo will be drawn from her recent research using Sarah Winnemucca’s Life Among the Piutes as a map for a journey around Nevada and Oregon.

 

 Reminders/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

Undergraduate Awards Database
The Undergraduate Awards Database is available to assist current undergraduate students explore award and funding opportunities at Waterloo.

Visit the database here

Opportunities


 

Summer Study Abroad experience at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH)
When: June 20th – August 14th, 2016
Duration: 8 weeks

Students will have a rare opportunity to absorb knowledge and learn about Bosnian Culture, way of life and traditions. As a short term resident scholars, students would gain an insight and study international dynamics and challenges of state and nation building in this post-conflict society on the door step of the European Union. 

AUBiH specially designed eight summer programs:
1. Peace and Conflict
2. Energy and Environment
3. Balkan Geopolitics and Security Studies
4. Cyber Security Investigations and Forensics
5. Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language and Culture
6. ESL – English as a Second Language
7. Sarajevo International Film and Art Program
8. South East Europe Study Tour

 
For more information check out their website here
CoPilot Fellowship Program
The Fellowship provides four days of intensive training and skills development in social innovation followed by 7 months of mentorship and peer-to-peer support for a project or idea that they are working on.
 
It is an ideal journey for those youth who believe in the power of social innovation and entrepreneurship to change the world.  Included in the training are sessions covering:
 
  • Mindfulness and reflective practice
  • Systems Thinking
  • Design and Design Thinking
  • Psychology of Social Change
  • Leadership
  • Integrating, Scaling and Sustaining Change
Based in Toronto, the program is free for participants and travel and accommodation is covered for those selected who live outside of the city.
 
Learn more about the program at www.copilotfellowship.ca.
 
The deadline to apply is January 28th.  
 
Job Opportunities

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
berniceb@cjiwr.com
Peace Camp
Peace Camp 2015 (2)
Day Camp Director
POSITION DETAILS: Start Date: February 22, 2016
Rate of Pay: $14.00/hour
This will be contract position for a total of 500 hours between February and August 2016. The hours/month breakdown is as follows:
 Up to 30 hours during the period of February-April
30 hours per week for the period of May 2-August 26, 2016

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Experience developing summer camp or educational programming.
2. Lived experience with the principles of peace and social justice.
3. Previous experience working with children and youth, particularly in a summer camp or
comparable setting.
4. Ability to work effectively with people from various cultural backgrounds.
5. Strong communication, problem solving, and organizational skills.
6. Experience in planning and implementing programs, particularly recreational programs for children.
7. Experience in dealing with challenging behaviours of children.
8. Experience and training in supervising volunteers and/or staff.
9. Hold a current Emergency First Aid Certificate.
10. Post-secondary studies in Peace and Conflict Studies or a related field would be an asset.
11. Commitment to understand and uphold the mission and values of Conrad Grebel University College and other partner organizations for Peace Camp.
12. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle may be an asset.
13. Eligible to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs program (see:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml).
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Address cover letter and resume to Paul Penner: eppenner@uwaterloo.ca
Application deadline: January 29, 2016

School Workshop Director
POSITION DETAILS: Start Date: February 22, 2016
Rate of Pay: $14.00/hour
This will be contract position for a total of 500 hours between February and August 2016. The hours/month breakdown is as follows:
Up to 50 hours during the period of February-April
35 hours per week for the period of May 2-June 24, 2016
25 hours per week during the period of June 27-August 26, 2016
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Experience developing summer camp or educational programming.
2. Lived experience with the principles of peace and social justice.
3. Previous experience working with children and youth, particularly in a summer camp or
comparable setting.
4. Ability to work effectively with people from various cultural backgrounds.
5. Strong communication, problem solving, and organizational skills.
6. Experience in planning and implementing programs, particularly recreational programs for children.
7. Experience in dealing with challenging behaviours of children.
8. Experience and training in supervising volunteers and/or staff.
9. Hold a current Emergency First Aid Certificate.
10. Post-secondary education in Peace and Conflict Studies or a related field would be an asset.
11. Commitment to understand and uphold the mission and values of Conrad Grebel University College and other partner organizations for Peace Camp.
12. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset.
13. Eligible to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs program (see:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml).
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Address cover letter and resume to Paul Penner: eppenner@uwaterloo.ca
Application deadline: January 29, 2016
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