Undergraduate Newsletter



  • Peace Week at Grebel
  • Conversations on Crisis: An FAQ Panel About Migration
  • MCC United Nations Student Seminar: “The Politics of Peacekeeping and Humanitarianism: a Haiti Case Study”
  • Call for Papers: “The Production of Forced Migration”
  • Take Back the Night March
  • Dealing with our Darkness: Interfaith Conversations


  • PACS 301 – Peace and the Environment

Jobs and Other Opportunities

  • Practicum in Experiential Peacebuilding
  • TREE Job Opportunities
  • Extend-A-Family Job Opportunity

For more information keep scrolling below! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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.


Grebel’s Peace Week

Date: September 19th – 23rd

Conrad Grebel hosts an annual Peace Week to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21st. The events this year include:

  • Tuesday September 20th,  4:30 – 5:30 PM, Grebel Gallery
    • Planting Seeds: Launching The Ripple Effect Education (TREE)
  • Wednesday September 21st, 7:30 PM, Grebel Great Hall
    • Panel: Stories of Refugee Support and Resettlement
  • Thursday September 22nd, 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Grebel Room 2202
    • Conversations on Crisis: An FAQ Panel about Migration hosted by PACS Society: 19 Days, National Film Board Production

For more information please follow the link below:

Grebel’s Peace Week Link

Conversations on Crisis: An FAQ Panel About Migration

PACS Society presents 19 Days, A National Film Board Production

Date: Thursday, September 22nd

Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: CGC 2202

19 Days follows several refugee families during their first 19 days in Canada as they navigate unfamiliar terrain that has suddenly become their home/ The documentary reveals the human side of the refugee resettlement process.

For more information please click the button below

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Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office Student Seminar:
“The Politics of Peacekeeping and Humanitarianism: A Haiti Case Study”

Date: October 13th-15th, 2016
Location: Mennonite Central Committee Office, New York City

The seminar will delve into Haiti’s history and context, MCC’s historic and current involvement, and the roles that the UN, the United States, other governments, and civil society have played in the country’s development.

Early bird registration fee of $95 USD (deadline September 28). If you want to start learning now, join the Facebook group MCC Haiti Advocacy, follow @MCCHtAdvocacy on Twitter, or peruse the MCC Haiti blog.

Travel costs will be covered by a bursary.
To register, follow the link before. For general information contact Rachel Reist at rreist@uwaterloo.ca

1th Annual Centre for Refugee Studies Student Caucus Conference

Date: September 23rd-24th, 2016

Location: York University, Toronto

Registration is free.

All are welcome to register and attend the 11th Annual Centre for Refugee Studies Student Caucus Conference at York University. Registration is free and refreshments will be provided.

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Take Back the Night – A Call to End Gender-based Violence

Everyone is welcome to participate in the rally and march!

Date: September 22, 5:30-8:00pm

Location: Kitchener City Hall

This year we welcome our guests – Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre and the Aboriginal Student Association, University of Waterloo and Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers).

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Dealing with our Darkness

Interfaith Conversations

Anglican/Muslim Conversation about Transgression, Penitence, and Transformation

Opening Event September 30th, 7:00pm

Location: Theatre of the Arts

This opening event is followed by three workshops throughout the remainder of the term.

Registration for all events is free, seats can be reserved below.

For more details please click the button below:

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PACS 301: Peace and Environment

Tuesday 11:30am-2:20pm
Instructor: Jennifer Ball

This is an exciting course being offered for the first time! This course uses the lens of peace ecology to explore the natural environment as a potential source of both conflict and peacebuilding in local, national, and international contexts.  It calls into question the dominant Western worldview and then dares to imagine a more holistic worldview that recognizes and values interconnectedness, relationship, and balance. Through direct engagement with the natural environment, we explore our personal relationship to the environment and how this influences our motivation and involvement in caring for and protecting it.

Jobs and Other Opportunities

Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

Be part of an international community of students and practitioners working toward peace. Ten days in the Costa Rican rainforest becomes the learning adventure of a lifetime.

With each challenge overcome, you will grow: within yourself, as a leader, as a community, as a peacebuilder.

Applications due October 3rd.

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TREE Facilitator

The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) develops and facilitates educational resources to create peace-literate citizens with demonstrable conflict resolution skills, and awareness of justice issues locally and globally.

This fall, TREE will facilitate a workshop series in grade six classrooms in Waterloo Region.

Join our team! TREE Workshop Facilitators will:

  • gain PACS-related job experience
  • develop leadership and facilitation skills
  • mentor local youth to foster social change
  • build relationships with local educators

Check out the full job description.

Please direct your resume and cover letter to Katie Gingerich at tre.education@uwaterloo.ca by September 15, 2016

Research Student

The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) is looking for a student to conduct market research at the launch event. TREE will use this information to propel problem-focused programming within the community.

This student should be comfortable connecting and engaging with individuals of all ages. Experience in data collection and analysis is preferred.

This student will be paid with a $200 honorarium, and should expect to do 6 hours of work in preparation, implementation and data analysis (approx. $32/hour).

Interested students should contact: Katie Gingerich, TREE Director tre.education@uwaterloo.ca

Direct Support Worker

As a Direct Support Worker you are trained and matched with an individual within the agency with a developmental or physical disability. Your role is to be with them as they become more active members of their community, and build a relationship based on mutual respect.

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Hello everyone! My name is Erin Huston and I am the PACS Communications Assistant this year. I’m super excited to be in this position and to be able to interact with all of you. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Erin Huston

PACS Communications Assistant

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My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am. – Anaïs Nin


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