Grad Bulletin

(March 8th-March 22nd)
Grad Bulletin


  • Religion and Global Citizenship : A Collaborative Conference
  • Understanding the Refugee Crisis : Panel Discussion
  • Girl Rising : Film Screening and Conversations

Call for Papers

  • Viessmann European Centre’s Graduate Student Colloquium – Call for papers
  • House of Friendship – Program Coordinator
  • 2016 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference


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.

Religion and Global Citizenship : A Collaborative Conference
When: Friday, March 11  from 6 – 9 pm and
Saturday, March 12 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Senate & Board Chamber and Paul Martin Centre. Wilfrid Laurier University (
75 University Ave W, Waterloo)

This collaborative conference, between the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, Global Studies and Religion & Culture departments and student societies at Laurier University questions if and to what extent religion provides a sustainable pathway to peace and conflict resolution.

Nathan Funk, Associate Professor of the PACS department and Paul Heidebrecht, Director of the MSCU Center for Peace Advancement will both be speaking at this event!

Visit their website to see an itinerary and to register

Understanding the Refugee Crisis : Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @7:00pm
Location: Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch

The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts and Kitchener Public Library present a panel discussion featuring scholars from three fields who will share insights on current and past refugee issues. From Canada’s history of refugee reception, to refugees currently in limbo abroad, to local settlement challenges and opportunities, the discussion will cover topics that affect us all in a globalized world.

Marlene Epp, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies will be participating in the panel!

Girl Rising: Public Screening and Conversations
When: Saturday, March 12 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Kitchener Public Library

This powerful film is known throughout the world. It is collaborative in spirit, reaching out to both women and men.  The film connects global issues of literacy for girls with local concerns in our own community. What can each of us do to help?  How can we in Kitchener-Waterloo be ambassadors for the path of educating girls? And how does educating girls make a world that is more peaceful, more just, less riddled by conflict?

Call for Papers

Viessmann European Research Centre’s Graduate Student Colloquium

The European Union is experiencing upheaval on many fronts – security threats, acts of terror, unprecedented migration pressures, changing climate, and serious fiscal strain. The Viessmann European Research Centre is hosting a Graduate School Colloquium, entitled Europe 2020 and Beyond: Opportunities and Constraints, on May 5 and 6, 2016 to consider how these issues are converging and what future changes can be anticipated. The colloquium focuses on three themes:
Innovative governance: Topics include EU financial crises, social economy innovation, food security etc.
Migration: Topics include Refugee crisis, shifting borders, national security etc.
EU-Canada relations: Topics include trade agreements, environmental policy, green energy programs etc.
Of particular interest are the synergies between these complex problems for the EU, for Canada and beyond. The colloquium opens on May 5 with two workshops on knowledge mobilization and the interdisciplinary audience. On May 6, accepted papers will be presented in three sessions. A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best paper in each session.
We invite graduate students to submit an 800 word abstract to by 4 pm on March 16, 2016. Full details about the event can be at: .
For more information, please contact Dr. Tracy Snoddon at

House of Friendship – Program Coordinator

The House of Friendship is hiring a Program Coordinator to facilitate community development, support neighborhood residents and coordinate and supervise programs and services provided by House of Friendship in the Chandler Mowat community.

General Responsibilities

  1. To coordinate and manage programs and services provided by House of Friendship at the Chandler Mowat Community Centre
  2. To work with neighborhood residents and community partners to develop basic needs infrastructure and address community issues
  3. To be responsible for staffing for House of Friendship programs at the community centre
  4. To be responsible for House of Friendship volunteers at the community centre
  5. To provide support to neighbourhood residents as needed
  6. Health and Safety
  7. To ensure the completion of administrative tasks at the community centre
  8. House of Friendship organizational responsibilities


  1. University Degree or college diploma in social sciences required
  2. Education/training and/or experience in community development strongly preferred
  3. Previous Supervisory experience
  4. Experience and a strong interest in working with diverse populations including people from various cultural backgrounds and income levels, and sensitivity to their needs
  5. Proven organizational skills and ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and deadlines
  6. Excellent Communications and interpersonal skills and a team player
  7. Understanding of and preferably experience in volunteer recruitment and management
  8. Good Knowledge of community resources
  9. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  10. Experience working within a non-profit and/or social services environment preferred
  11. Computer skills-primarily MS Office, MS Word and Excel
  12. Current Standard First Aid certification or willingness to obtain
  13. Driver’s license class (G) is required, and access to a personal vehicle is preferred
  14. Must provide a Police Records Check for service with he vulnerable sector
  15. Commitment to understand and uphold the mission and values of House of Friendship is expected

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Amy Weaver, Human resources Director – email:

Application Closing Date March 16th, 2016

2016 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference

Registration for the 2016 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is now available!
This year’s conference focuses on the theme “Members of the Mosaic” and will take place April 8–9, 2016, at the University of Notre Dame.  There is no registration fee, and meals and materials will be provided for free, but we ask that anyone attending pre-register so that we can plan ahead.
Interested students should register on our website at or by completing the form at  The deadline to register is April 1, 2016.
We would appreciate your help sharing this message with your students and encouraging their participation in the conference.  It will be a great weekend and a wonderful opportunity for them to explore the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas brought by each unique member of the peacebuilding community.

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
Our mailing address is:

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