Undergrad Bulletin – February 2nd – February 23rd


  • PACS Field Studies Information Session
  • PACS Society Social
  • “Burma’s Transformation” – a talk with Ambassador Mark McDowell
  • “The Need for Reconciliation in Canada” – A discussion with Miiyubinoskum (He who brings new life), Abraham Bearskin
  • Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Nepal


  • Criminology Study – Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
  • PACS Scholarships


  • Operation Groundswell – Backpacking with a purpose




PACS Field Studies Information Session
When: Wednesday, February 3rd from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Room: CGR 2202 (Community Education Room

Thinking about a field study? Join us to learn more about field studies, including what to expect, how to prepare, and why it’s a great thing to do! this us your opportunity to hear personal experiences from previous field study students and get all your questions answered.
Pizza will be provided

PACS Society Social
When: Thursday, February 4th  from 6pm – 8pm
Conrad Grebel University College room 1301

The big day is finally here and we’re “pac”kin’ in the party! Join us THIS THURSDAY (6pm to 8pm) in room 1301 at Conrad Grebel for a night of games, discussion, fun and food! Give us a shout if you can make it we can’t wait to see you 🙂

“Burma’s Transformation” – A Talk with Ambassador Mark McDowell
When: February 5 at 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs – Room A120

Burma is at a critical moment in its history. After decades of authoritarian rule, it has recently become one of the world’s newest democracies. While the future holds great promise, the transition has been anything but smooth.

Mark McDowell will offer insights into the transformative changes currently taking place in Burma, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges confronting the country as it re-engages with the international community after years of isolation, and the implications for Canadian policy

About the speaker:MarkMcDowell-135x189

Ambassador Mark McDowell joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1994 and has served abroad in New York, Taipei, Bangkok, and Beijing. At headquarters his most recent position was Director of Public Diplomacy and Domestic Outreach, and he has worked extensively on international Aboriginal/Indigenous issues.

He received his BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and has Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard University. From 2008-09 he was an Asia Research Fellow at the Ash Institute for Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mark McDowell is Canada’s first resident Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and presented his credentials to H.E. President U Thein Sein on August 14, 2013

“The Need for Reconciliation in Canada” – A discussion with Miiyubinoskum (He who brings new life), Abraham Bearskin
When: February 5, 2016 from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre – Room 228
(Lunch provided)

Abraham-Bearskin-300x225A Cree Elder from Chisasibi on the eastern shores of James Bay, Miiyubinoskum has worked for the Cree board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.
As a residential school survivor, Miiyubinoskum founded his own healing in ancestral teaching and rituals, Mediation,and reconnecting back to Mother Earth. today, his work focuses on helping others heal from, and raise awareness about, the trauma and persistent social issues associated with residential schools.

He is currently Coordinator for the Nishiiyuu Miyupimaatisiiun Department of the CBHSSJB, where he contributes to transforming the way of life, health, and Miyupimaatisiin (Wellness) for Cree individuals, families, and communities by introducing traditional practices and methods into CBHSSJB’s overall mandate.

 Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Nepal

When: Friday, February 5th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Centre for international Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Join the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), World Accord, the University of Waterloo School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) in the Faculty of Environment, and St. Paul`s University College for a public panel discussion, photojournalism exhibit launch and reception on the complex social, political, and environmental realities in Nepal after the earthquake in April 2015.



Reminder and Information


Criminology Study – Department of Sociology and Legal Studies

Dr. Owen Gallupe, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo is leading a study examining the effect of the sight of rewards on task performance. Gallupe is looking for undergraduate students to participate in a one time, 35 minute experiment. This study has implications for incentive programs to promote good behaviour in prison settings.

All participants will be provided with a $20 gift card to local businesses for their participation in this research.

Participation will include a simple mental task followed by a short questionnaire.

You must be an undergraduate student at least 18 years of age to participate in this study. The experiment will be conducted in the Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology (PAS) building, room 2061. Your identity will remain strictly confidential. All information you provide will be treated as anonymous.

If you are a student currently on a co-op semester off campus, please note that you will likely be unable to participate this semester given the majority of sessions occur between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Please consider this before responding to participate.

If you would like to participate, have additional questions, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participation, please contact Pat Lalonde by email at p2lalond@uwaterloo.ca. You can also contact Dr. Gallupe at ogallupe@uwaterloo.ca or 519-888-4567 ext. 33361.

If you choose to participate, Pat Lalonde (p2lalond@uwaterloo.ca) will work with you to find a suitable time. Please exercise patience as the scheduling process can take some time to complete.

PACS Scholarships

Through donor generosity, Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) is able to make some funds available annually to PACS students.  Funds are available to support PACS students who are making outstanding contributions to the program through scholarly achievement in courses, research, and/or leadership in peace related activities. Applications are received in the Winter term for awards that are given out in the following Fall term




Operation Groundswell
Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally untitledconscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world




If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout!
I hope you all have a wonderful week

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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