Life in the Peace and Conflict Studies department is always exciting and filled with opportunities.

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.

Over 90 students have had paid employment with participants in the Centre. These placements not only build important skills and abilities, they provide invaluable pathways into high-impact positions.

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. A limited number of spaces are available.

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 or Music students and faculty. You will participate in academic events, benefit from the experience of 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 a Living-Learning program.

Clubs

PACS Society

Pacs society event at Sweet DreamsPACS Society is your student body representative. Throughout the term they host social and educational events for students to get to know each other, engage in issues and work together. There are 6 executive positions who coordinate the society, but all PACS students are welcome to attend events and join the community. Remember, it's your society - if there's something you want to see from PACS, an event or issue you want to work on - let the society know! Visit the society's Facebook page for more information.

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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.

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.

Conferences

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) Conference

CRE logoCanadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national Indigenous youth-led charity 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.

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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 and call for proposals.

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Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) Conference

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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.

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MCC United Nations Seminar

Site of the United NationsThe MCC United Nations hosts an annual student seminar at their office in New York City the last weekend of 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. 

Conrad Grebel is able to send up to 6 students and travel bursaries are available to help cover seminar, accommodation and transport costs. It's an incredible opportunity to visit the UN, meet like-minded students from other peace institutions, and engage in peace issues. <--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. 


If you'd like to know more about these opportunities, contact Rachel Reist, or the PACS assistant