Tuesday, November 28, 2023 (all day)

Giving Tuesday 2023

An internship in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program gives students the opportunity to build practical competencies necessary for peace work. Students are engaged in community transformation while developing their personal and professional knowledge, skills, and values with tasks and experiences related to building a more peaceful world.

Last fall, MPACS student Rafaella Creus Cordovez worked with the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) in Suva, Fiji, in the Women's Peacebuilding Leadership and Restorative Justice program. This peacebuilding organization actively responds to conflicts in Fiji and the region that are arising from factors such as political instability, ethnic tensions, migration, and climate.

In her role at PCP, Rafaella supported initiatives that increased awareness and enhanced capacities in gender-sensitive peacebuilding. Reflecting on her experience, Rafaella shared, "As part of my MPACS degree, the internship component contributed to my professional development by giving me the opportunity to get hands-on experience and learn from talented local mentors working in peacebuilding and conflict transformation in the South Pacific."

Donations to the MPACS Social Justice Internship fund help make an internship experience more affordable as students gain valuable skills and build networks for future professional success.

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Funding Challenge: Unlock $5000 in matching funds!

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, when total donations reach $5000 on Giving Tuesday, $5000 will be unlocked in matching funds towards the Social Justice Internship Fund. Donate through the Giving Tuesday website From November 21-28 to help Grebel meet the challenge!

"MPACS internships are a meaningful way to combine practical learning with in-depth graduate education. Internships also offer a wonderful opportunity for grad students to contribute to the key social objectives of NGOs and charities. We are pleased to support fundraising efforts to make these internships more accessible to more students."

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