Undergrad Bulletin March 22-April 5


  • Film Screening : “The Flight of the Refugees” and discussion
  • Celebrating Refugee rights in Canada – Proud to Protect
  • The Smart Global Development Confrence
  • Peace Speech deadline
  • Seeking nominations for the 2016 WPIRG Social Justice Activist Award
  • PACS Communications Assistant
  • PACS Live Learn Leader
  • Organizing Assistant – The Council of Canadians: Acting for Social Justice
  • Coordinator, International Student Experience Programs


Film Screening : “The Flight of the Refugees” and Discussion

When: 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.

Check out the Facebook event



Celebrating Refugee Rights in Canada – Proud to Protect

When: Tuesday, April 4th from 11:00 am – 3:00pm
Location: Conrad Grebel University College (Upper Atrium)

April 4th is Refugee Rights Day! Marlene Epp’s PACS 301 Refugee and Forced Migration Class will be hosting an information day to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and also raise funds for local efforts in refugee support. There will be a performance by Crossing Borders, great food and information booths about refugee processes in Canada.

All donations raised will be going Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support. MCRS works tirelessly to support inland claimants with connections to lawyers, community support networks, and political advocacy.

The Smart Global Development Conference
When: Sunday, April 13th, 2016
Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), Academics Without Borders (AWB), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are convening a conference designed to explore the connections between investment in higher education in developing countries and improved quality of life. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be delivering the opening keynote address, on April 13, 2016.
Join global experts, thought leaders and practitioners for interactive sessions, enlightening talks, and inspiring debates. Learn about smart global approaches to strengthen the capacities of universities to tackle critical development challenges.
Register on their website

Reminders and Information
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)
Seeking nominations for the 2016 WPIRG Social Justice Activist Award

WPIRG has been a hub of campus and community activism on social justice and environmental issues. WPIRG created the Social Justice Activist Awards to recognize these incredible individuals and groups who have a dedicated passion for justice, equality, freedom, solidarity and social change.

The chosen individuals or groups will receive an award certificate, an inscription on the WPIRG Social Justice Activist Awards plaque (to be displayed in our office), and a gift certificate. Winners will be announced in campus media as well as WPIRG’s media.
For more information please visit their website


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

Organizing Assistant – The Council of Canadians: Acting for Social Justice
Full-time permanent position
Closing on March 25, 2016

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, with 100,000 supporters, 65 active chapters, a national office in Ottawa and four regional offices. Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care and a vibrant democracy. The Council is looking for its next Organizing Assistant for our Regional Office in Toronto.

The Organizing Assistant will:

  • Provide administrative support to The Council’s office in Toronto
  • support the implementation of planned organizing activities;
  • monitor chapter activities (e.g., notices of public forums, news clippings);
  • collaborate with other members of the Political Team to ensure all work is effectively planned and implemented;
  • reply to information requests and correspondence related to the work of the office, such as inquiries about chapters, inquiries from chapters, requests from other offices, etc.;
  • prepare invoices, credit card reconciliation and monthly expense forms for the organizer and/or themselves, manages purchase orders, assists with membership rebates, event funding and travel subsidies to chapters;
  • make travel & accommodation arrangements for organizers;
  • ensure office is functional; keeps records and communicates with service suppliers, resolves problems with service or equipment, replenishes supplies;
  • develop and maintains filed records of chapter paperwork (e.g., current contacts and other chapter members), ensures that this information is up to date, works to ensure that annual reporting by chapters is submitted to meet deadlines;
  • monitor office spending in relation to approved budget;
  • collaborate with other Council staff to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the National Office.

The qualifications for this position are:

  • Commitment to the Council’s values, vision and direction;
  • a minimum of 1 year experience in administration/administrative systems;
  • knowledge and experience in assisting with constituency building (organizing, mobilizing, motivating individuals and groups) and in supporting events and actions;
  • computer skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, Internet, communications and database software
  • a basic knowledge of current national economic, social and political issues;
  • ability to organize/prioritize a multi-task workload, take initiative and be flexible;
  • strong interpersonal skills, including the exercising of tact, discretion and judgement at all times;
  • excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • capacity to work in a self-directed manner and demonstrated ability to work well within a team setting.
  • The Ideal candidate will have fluency in both official languages of Canada

The Council of Canadians is an equal opportunity employer. This is a full-time permanent position of 35 hours per week and is based in Toronto, ON. We offer a unionized environment, a pay scale of $48,484 per year, excellent benefits and the chance to make a difference

APPLICATIONS: Send your resume by 5:00 PM on March 25, 2016 to hr@canadians.org. Quote competition # CoC-2016-02 Organizing Assistant Regional Office (Toronto) on application. Please consider month and year when writing dates of volunteer and work history in your resume.

Visit their website for more information http://canadians.org/job-organizing-assistant-toronto

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