Tuesday, June 29, 2021

New MPACS Scholarship Honours Malcolm X's Legacy

Malcolm X at Mecca in 1964

"The vitality of our Peace and Conflict Studies program at Grebel depends on enrolling students with diverse experiences,” announced Conrad Grebel University College President Marcus Shantz. "We are humbled and grateful that our friend Majid Mirza and several other donors chose to establish a scholarship at Grebel, named for Malcolm X, to support Black and Indigenous students in our Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program."

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Alumnus Profile: Issa Ebombolo

Issa Ebombolo

Restorative Justice: A Path to Peace

Conflict usually brings pain and disorder, and often leads to further conflict but Restorative Justice paves a different path – a path that can lead to peace. Issa Ebombolo earned his Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) degree from Conrad Grebel University College in 2017. Currently, Issa works for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Zambia and Malawi as a Peacebuilding Coordinator providing peace resourcing to local partners, including the government of Zambia.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Alumnus Profile: Rod Friesen

Rod Friesen

Promoting Peace through Good Governance of Organizations and Systems Delivering Services

Rod Friesen graduated from Conrad Grebel University College in 2013 from the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program. He began working with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario in May 2017, where he oversees several service delivery and restorative justice-related projects in his role as a Restorative Justice Program Coordinator.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Alumnus Profile: Christian Fox

Christian Fox

Christian Fox graduated from Grebel’s Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program in June 2015. Before that he completed an undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He currently works for the Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre as a Conflict Resolution Service Facilitator. The focus of the role is to help mediate neighbour disputes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Alumnus Profile: Laurel Boytim

Laurel Boytim

Restorative Justice means a lot of things to Laurel Boytim, who graduated from Conrad Grebel’s Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program in 2019. After graduating, Laurel worked at the John Howard Society in Restorative Justice (RJ) diversion programs, where she developed pre-charge and post-charge programs with the federal crown, police, and Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy (WRIDS).

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

New PACS Faculty Member Brings a Restorative Justice Focus

Dr Johonna McCants-Turner

Conrad Grebel University College announces the appointment of Dr. Johonna McCants-Turner to a tenure-track faculty position as Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Grebel, beginning July 1, 2021. McCants-Turner currently serves as Assistant Professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Monday, May 10, 2021

(M)PACS Students Place Second in Campus Wide Map the System Challenge

A team of PACS and MPACS students secured second place in the annual campus-wide Map the System challenge after competing in the finals on April 15, 2021.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Pancakes with MTS/MPACS

Virtual cooking session

Pandemic. Isolation. Stressful politics. Long winter. “Pancakes seem to be the obvious answer,” joked Master of Theological Studies student Christa Van Daele.

Conrad Grebel University College thrives on community, and with all the COVID restrictions in place, staff and students are always looking for creative ways to stay connected.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Alumnus Profile: Kelsey Gallagher

Kelsey Gallagher

MPACS Alumnus, Kelsey Gallagher, was drawn to the program because he wanted to work in civil society and was interested in peace and conflict issues, specifically analyzing Canada’s role abroad. “I was also impressed by the teaching staff and that the program emphasized practical learning,” he explains.

Monday, September 28, 2020

MPACS Student Recognized as Finalist for Alumni Gold Medal

Profile Picture of Katelynn Folkerts

MPACS graduate Katelynn Folkerts was recognized as one of five master’s finalists for the University of Waterloo's Alumni Gold Medal Award. The award is granted to one master's student and one doctoral student each year.