Catalyzing interdisciplinary teams to spark innovation
Providing meaningful engagement opportunities
Building networks and pathways for students that facilitate high impact careers
With so many programs and diverse community partnerships, there is always something exciting happening at the Centre for Peace Advancement! This page is regularly updated with current and upcoming opportunities for employment, engagement, academics, and more. See the Events page for upcoming ways to get involved.
If you are a student looking for specific engagement opportunities, see the "Students" section.
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Conflict Management Certificate
Each person can learn how to deal with conflict in a healthy, effective manner. By participating in this continuing education program offered by Conrad Grebel University College, you can earn a certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation, or Conflict Management and Congregational Leadership.
Whether by taking courses, volunteering, participating in research competitions or taking advantage of employment opportunities, there are plenty of ways for students to get involved with the Centre. Read testimonials about the student experience at the Centre for Peace Advancement.
Ways to get involved:
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Academic Courses
- Map the System
- PeaceTech Living Learning Community
- Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program
At this time, there are no available volunteer opportunities.
This section will be updated when opportunities become available.
The Centre for Peace Advancement is located at Conrad Grebel University College, home to Canada's first Peace and Conflict Studies Program.
PACS 203/HIST 232: A History of Peace Movements - online
A survey of individuals and groups that have created popular movements for peace globally and locally throughout history. The scope will be international, with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th century movements. The choice of peace movements will allow for a contrast in comparison of ideology, strategy, and impact.
PACS 203/HIST 232: Quest for Peace in Literature and Film with Naren Kumarakulasingam
A study of works of literature and film which express a resistance to war. The course examines how the desire to articulate an anti-war position has engaged the artistic sensibilities and shaped the visions and modes of expression of selected writers and filmmakers.
PACS 316/329: Violence, Nonviolence, and War - online
An exploration of the traditional debates concerning the legitimacy of violence and war as instruments in the pursuit of personal and political goals. The course critically examines a continuum of views from religious doctrines of non-resistance, to various forms of pacifism and non-violent resistance, "just-war theory", and political realism. The strategic arguments for political non-violent action are also considered.
Beginning in 2018, the Centre for Peace Advancement has been coordinating the University of Waterloo's participation in Map the System, a global competition that challenges you to think differently. This is not a pitch competition, but rather a discovery process for students of any discipline who have an interest in social and environmental change.
Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context by exploring, probing, and researching all of the connecting elements and factors around it.
Each fall, Conrad Grebel University College sends a team to the MEDAx Pitch Competition. This competition is for next generation of start-ups that aligns with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) values. It is held in the spirit of MEDA’s mission and vision, to encourage and foster social-minded innovation, a space in which MEDA has over 60 years of experience. The Centre for Peace Advancement is active in building, supporting and mentoring the team.
The PeaceTech Living-Learning Community is a community of students from diverse disciplines that explores the intersection of peacebuilding and technology - critically reflecting on the social impact of technology, and fostering the creation of "tech for good."
The community is made of first - fifth year undergraduate students who are residents, virtual residents, or associates at Conrad Grebel University College.
Read more about PeaceTech at the Centre for Peace Advancement.
The Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program is a year-long program that equips young leaders with skills to tackle a problem they are passionate about in their community. This program is open to students entering their final year of high school.