Monday, June 14, 2021

Dancing with the system: Reflecting on the 2021 Map the System global final

Map the System 2021 Global Finals - Dancing with the System

Friday, June 11th 2021 marked the end of another cycle of the Map the System pitch competition. Teams from around the world dedicated their time and effort to addressing systems change in their local campus semi-finals, national finals, and finally the global showcase throughout 2021. Among them, University of Waterloo students Ewomazino Odhigbo, Leah Feor, and Muhammed Ahsanur Rahim were thrilled to advance to the global stage of the competition to look even deeper into the change making power of systems thinking.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

“No justice, no peace”: Bridging restorative justice and peace advancement

Protesters display colourful signs saying "no justice, no peace" and "Black lives matter" while standing outside of Grebell

Sparked by anti-Black racism protests this past summer, the Centre for Peace Advancement team has been reflecting on our strengths and shortcomings as we work to confront and challenge white supremacy. Read Centre Coordinator, Michelle Jackett’s article in the Spring 2021 issue of Grebel Now.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Celebrating Katie Gingerich as a voice of women for peace

Katie Gingerich smiles for a photo while wearing a black t-shirt, with her shoulder-length, dark brown hair curled

On May 8, 2021, Founder and Executive Director of The Ripple Effect Education, Katie Gingerich, was recognized as an outstanding representation of the incredible peace work of Canadian women. Gingerich received the 2021 Kim Phúc Award for Youth Peace Leadership for her work supporting youth through conflict resolution. Following the award ceremony, staff from the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement caught up with Gingerich to discuss what the award means to her.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Local youth innovate for peace in the Region of Waterloo

2021 Peace Innovators Alumni photos from left to right: Heraa, Aidan, Hamad, Jennifer, Maria, Hana, Marina and Saaniya

On May 5th, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) and Kindred Credit Union celebrated the 2020-2021 Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program participants. Supporters of the program heard from students about the social issues they tackled, what they learned, and how they are going to continue to build peace in their communities.

Monday, May 10, 2021

UWaterloo Map the System team goes global

Congratulations Muhammed Ahsanur Rahim, Leah Feor and Ewomazino Odhigbo for being 1/4 Map the System Canada Finalists!

On Friday May 7th, 2021, eight teams of students from across Canada competed in the Map the System Canadian Finals for the chance to present their research on a global stage. For their incredible presentation and systematic investigation of the precarious foreign labour conditions in Malaysian palm oil plantations, Leah Feor, Ewomazino Iyanu Oluwa Odhigbo and Muhammed Ahsanur Rahim will be representing the University of Waterloo as one of four Canadian teams at the Map the System Global Finals from June 9-11.

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