Undergrad Bulletin

(March 8th-March 22nd)
Undergrad Bulletin


  • Religion and Global Citizenship : A Collaborative Conference
  • Understanding the Refugee Crisis : Panel Discussion
  • Girl Rising : Film Screening and Conversations
  • PACS and PROFS Night
  • Film Screening : “The Flight of the Refugees” and discussion
  • Peace Speech deadline
  • PACS Communications Assistant
  • PACS Live Learn Leader
  • House of Friendship – Program Coordinator



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 pm – 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?

When: Friday, March 11 @2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
Location: Community Education Room (2202) Conrad Grebel University College
If you’re suffering from withdrawals or you’re losing valuable study time trying to make it to everyone’s office hours for a chat, come to the Community Education Room (2202) @ Conrad Grebel from 2:45pm to 3:45pm on March 11th. Come hang out with PACS profs and indulge in delicious snacks! We can’t wait to see you there!
Film Screening : “The Flight of the Refugees” and DiscussionWhen: Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:00 pm
Location: Community Education Room (2202) Conrad Grebel University College

PACS Society will be holding a film screening of “The Flight of the Refugees” which documents the harrowing journey of various families as they cross the Macedonian border from Greece to Germany. Over seven thousand refugees start this journey everyday seeking asylum in Western Europe and this film documents six of those days.

Following the film there will be a panel discussion with PACS professor Marlene Epp and Kaylee Perez, (MPACS alumni) who is currently working with MCC Ontario as a refugee sponsorship associate.


Peace Speech Deadline

Don’t forget that the deadline to enter in the Peace Speech contest is March 25, 2016.

Submissions must be in by Friday, March 25th by 4:00pm to:
Rachel Reist: rreist@uwaterloo.ca or the PACS Office
Ed Janzen: ejjanzen@uwaterloo.ca or the Student Services Office (Conrad Grebel University College)

PACS Student Communications Assistant

The PACS Department is seeking applications for the PACS Student Communications Assistant for the 2016-2017 year. It’s a part-time position for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. The position is responsible for student communications, such as maintaining the Facebook pages, assisting with events, sending out this bi-weekly bulletin, updating the website, and other special projects.

Skills Required

  • Excellent communication skills – including first-rate writing skills and personable qualities
  • Able to promote the PACS program in various formats – including in-person and various social media forums
  • Working experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Working knowledge of developing and managing Facebook, Twitter, and Blog content
  • Creativity, some knowledge of, or an “eye” for design principles for the web
  • A vision for connecting to fellow students and assisting in the continued growth of the student-led PACS Society
  • Exceptional competency in time management and prioritizing in an independent work environment
  • Proven in taking initiative and acting as a self-starter
  • Consistent availability throughout the term
    • Starting in August 2016
    • (10-15 hours per week for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 terms)
  • Enrolled in a PACS Plan


  • Develop the page, and maintain connections with PACS students through PACS social networking sites – including Facebook, Twitter, and the PACS blog.
    • This would include promoting PACS events; the activities of PACS students and student groups; highlighting PACS alumni; developing and monitoring discussion groups, etc.
  • Assist in promoting, planning, and implementing PACS Sponsored Events including updating online calendars and the Conrad Grebel weekly bulletin as appropriate
  • Design, write, and send-out a bi-weekly bulletin of PACS related news and events that is emailed to students.
  • In consultation with the PACS Undergraduate Officer, PACS Administrator and the CGUC Communications Coordinator, work to maintain and update the PACS website with information in a timely and attractive manner. This could include:
    • Updating and re-writing information pages to be web appropriate including maintaining and inserting links;
    • Maintaining Field Studies pages with links and connections to current and past students
    • Developing regularly changing (once per month) “front pages” for the PACS web page
    • Researching and developing current student and alumni profiles that can promote the program
    • Assisting the Graphic design and recruitment department in developing PACS promotional materials.
    • Photographing events for uploading to the webpage
    • Keep the PACS bulletin board up to date with information on upcoming events and happenings in the PACS department
  • Assist in planning and implementing activities that promote PACS
  • Other related duties that may periodically be assigned

Rate of Pay

  • Conrad Grebel student rate –$12.25/hour.

Additional Note

As part of developing ideas and activities to promote a sense of community, the PACS Communications Assistant is encouraged to serve with the PACS Society as VP Education. This position involves planning educational events for PACS students and acting as a liaison between PACS students and faculty/staff.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume, with three references to Rachel Reist at rreist@uwaterloo.ca by Tuesday April 4, 2016

PACS Living and Learning Leader

The PACS Living Learning Community (LLC) Peer Leader is responsible for providing leadership to their cluster (group of students) made up of 10-15 students enrolled in the PACS Living Learning Community. The Peer Leader is responsible for developing strong relationships with their appointed cluster ensuring that those students participate in and benefit fully from the initiatives of the Living Learning Community. This is an 8-month part-time contract position from September through April that requires non-traditional hours. The LLC Peer Leader reports to the PACS Undergraduate Officer.

Nature and Scope

Living-Learning Communities are small groups of students from the same program who live together in residence. Conrad Grebel University College and the Faculty of Arts have partnered to offer a Living Learning Community (LLC) for first-year Arts students interested in pursuing Peace and Conflict Studies. In the Living-Learning Community, 10-15 students live in residence at Conrad Grebel University College and are placed in a small group called a cluster. Similar clusters are managed by other disciplines at the University of Waterloo, although the program for PACS is somewhat different.

 The goals for the PACS LLC are:

  1. That first-year Faculty of Arts students in the PACS LLC will be supported academically by:
    • Enhancing in-class learning through academic events such as study-skill sessions.
    • Participating in community activities that enhance general knowledge and experience in PACS related issues.
    • Learning from peers who offer a diversity of perspectives that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the PACS Program and the intercultural nature of UW PACS students
  2. That ALL PACS students, particularly first-year students who may be interested in PACS, have an opportunity to:
    • Build relationships and networks that will assist them academically, personally, and ultimately professionally. (eg. PACS Society, Grebel Peace Society, social media networking)
    • Make a difference through participation in activities that contribute positively to the Conrad Grebel residence community, the UW campus and broader community.
    • Strengthen mentoring relationships between PACS students and PACS instructors

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a plan to connect weekly with your cluster by such activities as:
    1. Interacting in person with each of your students through room visits, meals together, formal meetings, Community Supper or other Grebel programs, etc.
    2. Organizing the LLC to sit together for Community Supper at least 5 times per term, perhaps with a special guest like a faculty member, Sessional instructor, or another upper-year PACS student, etc.
    3. 1-2 academically oriented group cluster events per semester (workshop, film discussion, lecture attendance/discussion etc.) It is encouraged that one session be focused on specific academic or career skills such as library/research skills, resume writing, etc. Many resources for this are available from the Conrad Grebel library or on the Waterloo campus. One event could include invitations to participate to other first year students in PACS 101, 201, 202, and 203 or could be held in collaboration with the Music Living Learning community.
    4. Maintaining your availability to the cluster students during busy study periods of the term-including exam periods. This could include a study session prior to the mid-term or final exam in PACS 101, 201, 202, and 203.
    5. Having a 1-1 meeting with each student in your cluster at least once during the term (preferably at the beginning) where you will engage in a process that helps each student understand their academic goals and think about how they might achieve them, and in the second term, to reflect upon their progress.

  • In collaboration with the PACS Communications Assistant and PACS Society, develop, promote and implement programs / events (2-3 events per term) to promote a sense of community among non-cluster students and all PACS students. These events could include:
    1. Film discussion, PACS Faculty forum, career discussion, lunchtime seminar.
    2. At least one and hopefully two of these events per term should include a PACS faculty member or instructor.
    3. One event or activity of a service nature per term.
    4. Event promotion could occur through class announcements, emails to course instructors, Facebook events posting, and LEARN.
  • Keeping the PACS Undergraduate Officer up-to-date with program developments.
  • Carry out a program evaluation, either on an ongoing basis, or once per term. This is determined in consultation with the PACS Undergraduate Officer.
  • Be available and participate on campus visit days to promote the Living Learning Community and PACS
  • Meet last year’s Peer Leader and PACS Undergraduate Officer for training at mutually convenient time
  • Be available during orientation week to attend appropriate aspects of the Living Learning campus training, develop the program for the year in consultation with the PACS Undergraduate Officer and run an event for incoming first year students
  • Prepare a year-end report listing activities of the LLC and reflecting on the opportunities and challenges of the year’s program
  • Attend appropriate staff meetings throughout the year.



  • An Upper year (3rd or 4th year as of Fall, 2016) PACS Honours or Joint Honours student with:
  • excellent communication skills
  • proven leadership ability
  • strong academic standing
  • ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • good judgement
  • sincere desire to help others
  • familiarity with PACS, Grebel, and Waterloo campus resources including service and academic opportunities
  • Experience in Grebel residence program (on or off-campus) preferred



Compensation includes:

  • A set rate of $500 per term.
  • Up to $200 for food costs based on the following:
    • Cost of all community suppers used for Living Learning activities paid for or refunded.
    • Assistance for other meals if used to meet with Living Learning community students.

 Time Requirements

On average, 6-8 hours per week are required to fulfil Peer Leader responsibilities, depending on the activities implemented and planned.

 To Apply

To apply for the above position, please submit a cover letter explaining how you would qualify for the job and attach an up-to-date resume. Please also include three references that can be contacted as required.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume, with three references to Rachel Reist at rreist@uwaterloo.ca by Tuesday April 4, 2016


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: amyw@houseoffriendship.org

Application Closing Date March 16th, 2016

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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