Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
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.
For program-specific information and important dates visit:
- Grebel Gallery
- Map the System
- Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program
- PeaceTech Living-Learning Community
Manager of Cities, Communities Building Youth Futures at Tamarack Institute
Are you bilingual in French and English and interested in supporting over 25,000 youth in Ontario and Quebec? Engage with community parterns and develop content for blogs, case studies and reports as Tamarack's next Manager of Cities.
More information is provided in the Manager of Cities job description*.
*Position open until filled.
Lead Developer at Lunaria
Peace Incubator participant Lunaria is hiring a Lead Developer. View Careers at Lunaria for more information.
Lunaria's ideal candidate has experience testing platforms, leading technical and non-technical team members, a dedication to diversity equity and inclusion, and a desire to join a growing startup. This opportunty includes a flexible schedule and the opportunity to join a diverse team and a fast-growing startup. Interviews are ongoing, so apply today.
Fall Student Internship at Centre for Community Based Research
The Centre for Community Based Research is hiring a part-time intern. View the Centre's job description for more information.
The Centre for Community Based Research's ideal candidate will be a student with some post-secondary experience who has an interest in and desire to learn about community-based evaluation. Preference given to students at Conrad Grebel University College. Most work will be conducted remotely, however some in-person meetings may be required.
To apply, email Dr. Sarah Switzer, senior researcher. Applications close on September 23, 2021, at 5:00 pm.
MCC at 100 Conference: Mennonites, service and the humanitarian impulse
Examine the past, present and future of Mennonite Central Committee initiatives with presentations by many including Centre Director, Paul Heidebrecht.
Register to attend the organization's 100-year anniversary conference from September 30 to October 2, 2021.
MEDA Pitch Competition
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.
Applications are now open to compete in the 2021 MEDA Pitch Competition. This year, MEDAx invites young professionals, social entrepreneurs, and community innovators to pitch their agri-food business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $10,000.
Attend the final pitches virtually on Friday, November 5th from 4:00 - 5:30 pm (EST). Finalists will be contacted on October 4th.
MEDA Convention 2021: Rising Together
MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is an international leader in economic development that works to provide business solutions to entrepreneurs experiencing poverty around the globe. The 2021 Convention aims to reunite entrepreneurs with governments, institutions and supporters to ensure opportunities continue to empower entrepreneurs struggling against the odds of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peace studies at Waterloo
Academic course offerings
The Centre for Peace Advancement is located at Conrad Grebel University College, home to Canada's first Peace and Conflict Studies Program.
Fall 2021 course offerings
The following courses are taught by Centre for Peace Advancement staff and research fellows. Click the course code to view a PDF version of a previous syllabus.
PACS 201: Roots of Conflict, Violence and Peace with Eric Lepp
An examination of influential theories about the sources and nature of conflict, violence, and peace. Contributions from the social sciences as well as the humanities will be explored, with attention to connections between interpersonal, intergroup, and international levels of analysis.
PACS 315: Engineering and Peace with Paul Heidebrecht
This course is built on the conviction that the kinds of problems engineers seek to address, and the ways they seek to address them, should matter for anyone interested in advancing peace in the world. Topics include historical connections between the discipline of engineering and warfare, understanding the engineering method and mindset, and technological frontiers for peacebuilding.
PACS 316/329: Violence, Nonviolence, and War with Eric Lepp
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.
PACS 325: Refugees and Forced Migration with Marlene Epp
This course will draw on case studies from past and present to understand why people flee their homes and homelands to seek refuge elsewhere. It will examine the policies and practices of government and non-governmental agencies in facilitating or blocking such movements. The course will also analyze the attitudes, values, and language that shape local and global responses to refugee movements, on the part of civil society and the state. Students in the course will become acquainted with organizations that work with refugees in Waterloo Region and will gain a critical understanding of Canada's role in refugee reception.
PACS 327: Cultural Approaches to Conflict Resolution with Nathan Funk
Cultural differences enrich our world while also creating bases for disagreement and misunderstanding among individuals, social groups, and nations. This course explores the cultural dimensions of conflict and conflict resolution, shedding light on major patterns of human difference and their implications for contemporary peacebuilding practice.
PACS 329/ LS 344: Restorative Justice with Michelle Jackett and Chris Cowie
This course investigates the history, theory, principles, practices, and people of restorative justice. Content will centre particularly on restorative justice as a way of dealing with crime and interpersonal violence in the Canadian context.
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.