PACS Bi-Weekly Newsletter -November 3, 2022

Thursday, November 3, 2022
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  • Check out Ryan Bromley's article about his work learning how to bring PACS ideas to STEM students!
  • PACS Society is hosting a movie night Friday, November 4th. Check out the details below!
  • Check out what PACS courses are being offered Winter 2023 here!
  • Check out upcoming events and seminars below! They are all free and relevant to PACS education.

Important Dates:

  • Make sure to stay up to date with UWaterloo's calendar

  • You can view next term's schedule on November 17.
  • Add and Drop appointments begin November 22 for Winter 2023 term

Upcoming Events

PACS Society Movie Night

On Friday, November 4 at 8 pm, the PACS Student Society is hosting a movie night. It will be in the Buzz Space located on the top floor of Grebel in the Center for Peace Advancement's Buzz Space. Snacks are provided and the movie will be Hidden Figures!

For more information and event updates visit PACS Society on Instagram (@pacs.society)


Workshop on Canada and the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Project Ploughshares is hosting a free virtual workshop on Canada and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and nuclear disarmament. This is the last workshop in this series and a great opportunity to learn about disarmament and nuclear weapons in Canada as well as Ukraine. If you are interested in this event, the link below to register.

Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 10:30 am to 12 pm EST.

Register for the event here.


Map the System 2023 Info Session 

On November 17, 12 pm to 1 pm, there is an information session for Map the System 2023.  Want to learn more? This is your time. To register, visit the link here


Who Do You Think You Are, and Who Gets to Decide? Are you Black Indigenous, or Afro-Métis? 

On November 10, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Balsillie School of International Affairs invites you to attend this speaker event. There will be two speakers both exploring the idea of identity, Indigeneity, and exploring the difficult question of "Who do you think you are, and who gets to decide?"

This is a free event, but registration is still encouraged. To register, and for more information, visit the link here.


Call for Proposals

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) invites your proposals for its 29th biennial conference, held in Trinidad and Tobago in mid-May, 2023

The conference theme is "Rooted Futures: Visions of Peace and Justice" aims to bring academics, activists and artists together to reflect past, present, and future of peace and justice praxis. 

The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2022, and those who are selected will be announced towards the end of December, 2022.
Senior PACS students, especially those in PACS 401, are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the conference, as well as topics for consideration, check out the website.


Bi-Weekly Hangout

PACS students are welcome to attend the PACS Bi-weekly Hangout. These take place every other Thursday. The next hangout is on November 10 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Make sure to stop by and say hello!

Check out PACS Society's Instagram (@pacs.society) for updates/events.

Job/Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer: Food Access at the Working Centre St. John's Kitchen

November 11, 8:30 am. 

Join in a community service learning day with the Working Centre St. John’s Kitchen! The Working Centre is an extensive non-profit in KW with a wide range of projects seeking to respond to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener.

We will gather at SJU in the morning (8:30am) to take the ION together to downtown Kitchener. We will participate in portioning out meals and distributing them to people who are experiencing homelessness, risk of homelessness, or street involved. There will also be time to reflect on the experience together.

Sign-up closes November 8.


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

The Government of Canada is hiring a full time position in Immigration, Refugees, and Canadian Citizenship - International Network. IRCC facilitates arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. The work these programs does makes a difference economically, socially, and culturally. 

Applying adds you to a larger database where applicants will be selected on a rolling basis as positions arise. The closing application date is December 31, 2022.

View applications here.


PACS 390: Internship Course

The PACS internship allows you to engage in experiential learning with an organization that works on peace and conflict issues, in either a Canadian or international context. The course integrates theory and practice while facilitating the development of attitudes, strategies, skills, and knowledge that support work in a Peace and Conflict Studies related setting. If you are thinking about taking PACS 390 in the winter 2023, please reach out to the PACS Undergraduate Academic Advisor for more information.

Student Support Resources

Counselling Services

University of Waterloo Counselling

Campus Wellness Counselling Services
This service can be reached at 519-888-4567, ext. 32655. Offers same-day appointments for emergencies and can be found in Needles Hall North on the second floor.
Campus Wellness Health Services
This service can be reached at 519-888-4096. Offers walk-in appointments for urgent concerns and can be found in Health Services building.

Writing and Communication Centre

The Writing and Communication Centre is an academic support unit that supports students, staff, and faculty as they build communication excellence at the University of Waterloo.

Virtual Appointments:
Feeling stuck? We can help with brainstorming, planning, writing, and revision. Our instructors are experts in communicating in all disciplines, including digital, technical, and scientific writing and communication. 
Asynchronous Workshops
The Writing and Communication Centre offers workshops on a variety of communication-related topics throughout the term. Developed and presented by our writing and communication advisors, they are designed to help students engage with a particular topic through participation and practice. Like all of our services, workshops are free for University of Waterloo students and postdocs.

Check out the website here.

Online Learning Resources:
 The Writing and Communication Centre is focused on providing students with useful feedback and strategies for their research and writing projects; we are also focused on all aspects of the communication process, including professional communication documents like emails and memos, as well as documents designed for the web, such as ePortfolios and blogs. Feel free to view and print the resources we currently have available. 

Check out these resources here.

PJ-Friendly Writing Groups for Undergrads:
Meet with us on Microsoft Teams for our weekly writing sessions. Then check in with us on Teams throughout the week for motivation, resources, and solidarity as we navigate our assignment loads. For every 6 sessions you attend this term, you earn a #WaterlooWrites mug!

Check-out the website here.

Email Tutoring for Undergrads:
Hey undergrads! Are you stuck on a draft and need some feedback? Working to a deadline but can’t book an appointment at the WCC? Want support but not up for talking to someone? We’re here for you with our email tutoring service. Get feedback over email on your papers, reports, resumes and cover letters, presentation slides, or any other writing or communication assignments! 

First-Year Undergrads: Learn to Write Like an Academic
Are you working on writing assignments and presentations? Are you wondering about your professors' expectations and how you can best meet them? Check out Waterloo Ready to Write, designed for first-year undergraduates like you!   

We’ve got workshops, learning resources, and individualized support to help you tackle papers, reports, presentations, and other assignments. 


Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this newsletter includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in, but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.