PACS Biweekly Newsletter - November 4, 2020

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

PACS Biweekly Newsletter, November 4th, 2020Featured Event | Job Opportunities | Course Selection | Further Education | Virtual Events | Resources for Online Learning

Featured Event

Map the System Student Webinar

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will be hosting a Map the System Student Webinar on November 10 from 3-4 PM on Zoom.
Map the System is a one-of-a-kind systems thinking competition, hosted by the University of Oxford's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, that encourages students to think deeply about social and environmental issues that matter to them. Rather than jumping to quick-fix solutions, Map the System allows students to research problem domains, better preparing them to tackle the modern world's complex challenges.
At this webinar, students will get the chance to learn about the 2021 competition, see example submissions, listen to the insights of past winners, and see for themselves why they should participate in Map the System. Hear from and connect with University of Waterloo Map the System Campus Lead Thomas Fraser as he reflects on his experience in the competition, shares key dates and steps, and discusses resources available to students. Register for this event on the CPA website.

Job Opportunities

WUSA Communications Specialist Position (2 Year Term)

The Communications Specialist is responsible for the coordination and execution of WUSA’s digital media efforts and support with other organizational communications. Specifically, they actively create original web and social media content in order to create awareness of the organization and its efforts, while increasing student engagement to help achieve organizational goals. The Communications Specialist is also responsible for collecting student feedback and reporting on social media analytics. Read more about this position and apply.


Edge Program Assistant Position (2 Year Term)

Work-Integrated Learning Programs supports the development and growth of student employability. Students engage in academic programming and reflect on the connections between the workplace, their community experiences, their academic courses, and their career goals. Housed in WIL Programs is the University of Waterloo’s Experiential Education Certificate – the EDGE Program. EDGE is an opt-in program for undergraduate students in traditional (non-co-op) programs of study. Students who complete EDGE will develop their professional skills, explore their career options and learn how to market themselves to employers. Reporting to the EDGE Liaison, the EDGE Program Assistant will function in administration, operations and communications. The EDGE Program Assistant supports the program from behind the scenes to ensure smooth operations and exceptional client service. Read more about this position and apply.

Course Selection

Need to select courses? Do so through your Quest account.

Course Highlight: PACS Courses for Winter 2021

Course selection for Waterloo students is over on November 5th, but don't fret! There's still plenty of time to choose Winter 2021 courses, including these five featured PACS courses! If you miss the course selection date, you can still switch your schedule around during the Add/Drop Period, beginning November 30th, or during the first few weeks of January 2021. However you choose to do it, be sure to check out these fantastic PACS course offerings! Read more about these course offerings here.

Course Highlight: GEOG 436, Feminist Economic Geography: Gender, Identities and Social Change

Using a combination of lecture and seminar, this course examines feminist economic geography's framing of: (1) the gendered division of labour (2) (un)paid care work (3) how different embodied actors engage with the economy and (4) feminist critiques of capitalism and responses to economic crisis.

Note: this course is not currently on the PACS Approved list, but could be petitioned to the department for consideration. See Rachel Anderson for details.

Course Highlight: GER 383, Culture in the Third Reich: Racism, Resistance, Legacy

An examination of German culture during the Nazi period (1933-1945). The course will analyze representations of Nazi ideology in the arts (film, art, architecture, and propaganda), the literature of exile and "inner emigration," and the impact of the Nazi legacy on post-war German culture.

Note: This course counts as a PACS Approved course & an Arts Breadth Requirement in the Language and Culture category!

Further Education

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Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding at UW-Milwaukee Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 cohort

Are you inspired to be a change-maker in your community? Do you want to work on addressing global issues, such as social justice, poverty, or climate change? Whether your prior training is in the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities, arts, or engineering, we encourage you to enroll in the MSP to learn how to approach community change from a holistic perspective. Our two-year interactive, practice- based program prepares graduates for a variety of careers with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the private sector. 
December 15, 2020: priority deadline for admissions and funding. 
Join one of our three Virtual Info Sessions this fall! 
For more information, visit the MSP website and follow on Facebook
Email Bridget Brown, Program Coordinator, with questions or to set up a meeting:

Information Sessions About York University's Development Studies MA

This interdisciplinary and research-intensive MA in Development Studies is a uniquely focused, but flexible graduate program. Pursue a wide range of research interests as they pertain to the field of development in both the Global South and North, including gender, education, health, urbanization, sports, forced migration, migrant settlement, climate crisis, indigeneity, extractive industries, etc. Learn more about this session and program through the York website.

Virtual Events

Humans and… Health – What have we learned and at what cost?

Have you ever wondered how the past has helped determine Canada’s current health care reality? How does economics impact health in Canada?
You’re invited to join us for our Humans and… online series. These provocative, informative and enlightening discussions put the spotlight directly on the human at the centre of our most complex challenges today – health, the evolving work environment, climate crises and technology. How are these issues impacting the human in each of us?
In the first of the series, Humans and...Health, hear from faculty and alumni who have diverse perspectives on health care – and who can help us understand where we are and where we should be.
When? Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1 – 2 PM. Register for this event here.

Alleviating Anxiety Workshop

This workshop is a skill-based seminar designed to help students better understand anxiety, its causes, and the factors that maintain it. Throughout this seminar, we will introduce students to a number of strategies designed to alleviate anxiety in the moment, challenge anxious thoughts, and change behaviours that maintain anxiety. Students will receive an in-depth handout with various strategies for them to try over the coming weeks, some which we will practice during the seminar.

When? Thursday, November 19th, 2020 at 2 PM. Register for this event here.

The 20th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Lecture on Nonviolence: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter

Hosted by the Peace Studies Program and the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University. Reflections by Rev. James Lawson and The Hon. Jean Augustine.

When? Saturday, November 7, 2020, 4-6pm EST

Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.
An activist, minister, and the pioneer of nonviolence in the American Civil Liberties Movement. Reverend James M. Lawson Jr. was inspired by  Gandhi’s use of nonviolence  in securing justice and peace. Dr. Martin Luther King described Rev. Lawson as “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”

The Hon. Jean Augustine
The Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine made history as the first Black woman elected to Canada’s Parliament and served from 1993-2006.  Her legislative successes include the historic Black History Month Motion. She has dedicated her life to  the pursuit of social justice.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Director, Centre for Peace Studies, Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty ( Watch the event on YouTube.

BSIA Global Insights Series

Global Insights is a weekly live-streamed, moderated panel series which provides different national and regional perspectives on big questions currently facing researchers, policymakers and planners worldwide in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, Nov. 5th at 11 AM, the theme will be The Global Impact of the US Election. Featuring Patricia Goff, Laurier/BSIA; Trevor McCrisken, University of Warwick; Jordan Tama, American University; Mitoji Yabunaka, Ritsumeikan University; and moderated by Ann Fitz-Gerald, BSIA. Register for this event here.

Resources for Online Learning

Peer Success Coaching Appointments

Reminder we have Peer Success Coaching appointments available online with student coaches from every Faculty. Coaches can provide one-on-one support to students who are looking to enhance their skills in things like study strategies, time management, note-taking, test preparation and test anxiety. Learn more about this service 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. Learn more about this 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. Learn more here.