PACS Student Opportunities

PACS Student Communications Assistant

  • Applications due July 30, 2021

PACS Students Representation

The PACS Department is looking for a PACS Undergraduate Representative (UGR) for the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. The UGR is an executive member of PACS student community. Preference is given to a PACS major.

Role: The UGR is encouraged and expected to participate in all committee business and in departmental policy discussions, as well as bring matters of interest or concern to the undergraduate and graduate students in PACS to the department through PACS Administrative Group meetings. The UGR brings matters of importance as they relate to the governance of their respective program to the students. Additionally, the UGR bring the perspective of the students in Peace and Conflict Studies to discussions about departmental governance, departmental policies, and the undergraduate curriculum.

Expectations: The UGR is expected to attend all meetings of the PACS Administrative Group. If a representative is unable to attend a meeting, they will designate a delegate (another PACS student) to attend on their behalf.

The Representatives will receive an agenda before each meeting and be expected to attend the full meeting. There will be a short 1–2 minutes section in each meeting for the students to share news regarding what is happening in PACS students' life.

Other Expectations:

  • Assist the PACS Communications Assistant and Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Officer in leading PACS oriented events.
  • Creative ideas on how best the PACS department might engage with PACS students to foster a sense of community among students.

Note: This role is voluntary. To apply, send a one-page cover letter/letter of intent to Ndagire Brendah.

Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

Front steps to the Centre for Peace AdvancementThe Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement strives to inspire and equip changemakers by building networks and pathways for high impact careers, catalyzing interdisciplinary teams to spark innovation, and bridging theory and practice by engaging academic, activists, and artists.

There are so many ways to engage with the Centre for Peace Advancement, including:

  • Academic courses taught by their partners and staff
  • Employment opportunities through co-op and internships
  • Map the System global competition
  • MEDAx pitch competition
  • PeaceTech Living-Learning Community
  • Internships and volunteering with their partner organizations

Visit their website for more details on ways to get involved!

Living-Learning at Grebel

living learningIf you are interested in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) as a possible future subject of major interest, you may apply to be part of one of Grebel’s Living-Learning programs with other students who share your program or interests

PACS Living-Learning Community

Be part of a diverse residence community of 142 students from all faculties and programs, while enjoying the benefits of growing with a small group of PACS students and an upper-year peer leader.  You will participate in academic events, benefit from the experience of your peer leaders as you plan your goals, and make an impact on your friends as you share what you are learning with the wider Grebel community. Apply to Grebel to be part of the PACS Living-Learning program.

Upper-year PACS students can also apply to be the Living-Learning Community Peer Leader! Applications are opened in March for positions the following year. If you are interested in learning more about this position, contact Ndagire Brendah, the PACS Academic Advisor.

PeaceTech Living Learning Community

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 undergraduate students from all years of study who are residents, virtual residents, or associates at Conrad Grebel University College. 

Read more about PeaceTech at the Centre for Peace Advancement.


WUSA Clubs, Services, and Societies Day

As a PACS student you have access to over 200 clubs that the University of Waterloo has to offer. With a wide range of focuses, there is something for everyone! The best way to find out about what each club has to offer and how to get involved is by attenduing Clubs, Services, and Socieities Day hosted by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Union.

Clubs, Services, and Socities Day is held in the Student Life Centre (SLC) Great Hall at the beginning of each term.

Visit the WUSA website here to find out more information.


Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) Conference

CRE logoCanadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national Indigenous youth-led organization empowering youth to shape the future of truth and reconciliation in this country. CRE Gatherings are a youth for youth facilitated annual conference which creates an open space for the sharing of knowledge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

Visit the CRE Website to find out more information.

<--break->Consortium of North American Peace Programs (CONAPP)Conapp logo

CONAPP is a undergraduate student-run, student-centered, peace and justice conference held at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania, USA). Gettysburg is famous for the United States' Civil War, CONAPP provides a space to discuss peace and justice, and dare to image radical alternatives!

CONAPP embraces a Freirean praxis (critical reflection plus critical action) format. Presenters will send their ideas in advance for attendees to read. Sessions will begin with dialogue followed by a presentation, and then a discussion on how to make these ideas actionable.

Visit their website to learn more about the conference ways to participate.


Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) Conference

icpf logo

The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) conference is a student led conference that is planned by students for students. It began in 1948 at Goshen College and represents the peace societies and other peace and justice interested students of Mennonite and affiliated colleges/universities in Canada and the United States.

In February 2018, the ICPF conference was hosted at right here at Conrad Grebel University College in celebration of the 40th anniversary of our Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program.

Contact the Ndagire Brendah to learn more about this opportunity.


MCC United Nations Seminar

Site of the United NationsThe MCC United Nations hosts an annual student seminar at their office in New York City in October. Each year has a different theme emphasizing a current issue or topic, such as peacebuilding in the DRC, refugees and internally displaced persons, nonviolent peacekeeping, and more. The seminar features a variety of speakers, from experts in the field, NGO workers, government officials and UN representatives. 

Funding is available to assist with travel costs for students attending this event. This is a great opportunity to visit the UN, meet like-minded students from other peace institutions, and engage in peace issues. For more information, contact Ndagire Brendah. <--break->

MCC Ottawa Seminar

Students in circle at the Ottawa seminarCloser to home, the MCC Ottawa Office also hosts an annual student seminar in February. This conference is set up similarly to the UN Seminar but focuses on issues in a Canadian context and features speakers from MCC, advocacy networks and NGOs as well as government officials. It's a great opportunity to engage with peace practitioners and other students and gain a better understanding of the relationship between parliament and civil society organizations. For more information, contact Ndagire Brendah.