PACS Biweekly Newsletter - January 13th, 2020

Thursday, January 21, 2021

PACS Biweekly Newsletter January 13th 2021

Hello PACS students! Welcome to another new year! We're excited to welcome 2021 and see what it has to offer, and to conquer another semester of classes.

Emergency Bursary Fund | Virtual Events | Courses | Opportunities | Resource for Online Learning

Emergency Bursary Fund

Conrad Grebel University College has an Emergency Bursary Fund that is currently accepting applications. If you have financial need due to COVID (e.g. lost income), you are encouraged to apply. Bursary applicants need to have applied for Government Financial Aid and documented applications to other scholarship and bursary awards at the University of Waterloo. Please contact Seth Ratzlaff for more information.

Virtual Events

From the Ground Up: Reshaping Canadian International Aid Policy

MCC Canada is offering a virtual event from February 16-18th.

  • Learn how local communities and organizations are key actors for change around the world.
  • Hear from experts about how local-led programs are responding to various issues including COVID-19  
  • Engage in MCC and faith-based advocacy with students from across Canada
  • Meet with parliamentarians and civil society advocates
  • Explore how you can be involved in reshaping Canadian aid policy to better meet local needs and contribute to lasting change.

Registration costs $20, and the deadline for registration is January 15, 2021.

Read more and register.

Winter 2021 PACS Courses

The add-drop period for Winter 2021 ends on January 22nd. Before that does, be sure to look into taking one of our featured PACS courses! Read more here.


Coordinator Position at the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

Conrad Grebel University College invites applications for a 13-month contract position in our Centre for Peace Advancement. This position assists in program coordination, development and support for the Epp Peace Incubator, Core Collaborators, Grebel Gallery and student and community engagement at the Centre.

Please apply by January 22, 2021 by sending your cover letter and resume to Mimi Browne, HR Manager at

Call for Papers: 4th Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Building a Beloved Community

The Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies is very pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to present at the 4th Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Building a Beloved Community. The Conference will be held on Zoom.
Scholars, students, practitioners, and activists from all disciplines as well as laypersons are invited to submit proposals to present symposia and lightning rounds on the theme “Building a Beloved Community;” a concept introduced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Proposals will be blind reviewed. We welcome submissions, in particular, that focus on strategies, research, and recommendations based on Dr. King’s work and legacy, peacemaking and peacebuilding, and those that explore the bridge between activism and research.
Deadline for submitting proposals: February 1, 2021 (5 PM EST)
Click here to review the guidelines for submitting your proposal.

Resources for Online Learning

PJ-Friendly Undergrad Writing Groups

Join a peer tutor and a group of your fellow undergraduates to:

  • meet other students
  • brainstorm ideas for your assignments
  • get some writing done
  • and celebrate your accomplishments!

Join us on Teams for our weekly writing group meetings, then check in with us throughout the week using Teams chat. Come to 3 writing group sessions this term and get a #WaterlooWrites mug! Come to 5 sessions, and we'll throw in some candy. Come to 8, and we'll fill your mug to overflowing with edible treats!

Mondays from 7 to 9 pm
Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm

Read more here.

Tutor Connect

If you're in need of a hand with one of your classes, be sure to check out Portal's Tutor Connect feature, which will connect you with someone who can give you a hand.

Read more here.

Warrior Recreation: Physical Activity at Home

During these uncertain times it is important we take care of our own mental and physical health. This means taking time in our day to be physically active to relieve stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying physically active while we continue to practice social distancing will allow our bodies and mind to stay healthy and happy.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to continue offering Online Warrior Workouts throughout the Spring 2020 term as well as Virtual Personal Training, Nutritional Tips and more.

Read more here.

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