PACS Final Newsletter - April 9th

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

 April 9th, 2019"

In this newsletter, you will find...


Jobs and Opportunities:

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Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin 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.


Grebel Groundbreaking

Date: April 23rd
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Conrad Grebel Cafeteria
Cost: Free

In the fall of 2020, Conrad Grebel University College students will start the school year equipped to be more welcoming and inclusive than ever before!  On April 1, the Board of Governors approved the budget and final plans for a brand-new kitchen and an expansion of the dining room. To celebrate the start of this essential project, a Ground Breaking ceremony will be held at the site of the new kitchen. Come speak with the students involved in the project and learn how the renovation and expansion will increase their quality of living at Grebel! A light reception will follow the program.

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Jobs and Opportunities

Human Rights Practice Graduate Program in Arizona
The University of Arizona is still accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2019 in their online graduate programs in Human Rights Practices! They accept applications continuously and students may start at the next class start date. There are six start dates per year for classes that are 7.5 weeks long. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in an affordable human rights graduate program with a cutting-edge and applied curriculum!

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Graduate Studies in Peace and Conflict in New Zealand
Interested in studying abroad for your graduate degree? Check out the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Otago in New Zealand! Their 12-month program explores questions of violent conflicts and peace processes at the level of individuals, groups, and nations. They offer core courses in peace and conflict theories and conflict analysis, a diverse range of electives, and a practicum option where students can get work experience!

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Breaking the Silence Community Development and Human Rights Cooperant Program
The Maritime-Guatemala Breaking the Silence (BTS) Network is seeking applicants for its new initiative, the BTS Community Development and Human Rights Cooperant Program! BTS is a voluntary Maritimes-based network that supports Guatemalan human rights and community development groups working for social, economic, environmental, and cultural justice. They are hoping to create a team of 6-8 cooperants to work in placements with their Guatemalan partners.

Note: while the official closing date was April 4th, interested students may still apply by contacting

Click HERE to download their information and application package.


Volunteer Action Center
Looking to volunteer during the summer? The Volunteer Action Center lists many of the available volunteer opportunities in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Search by interest, organization, or event to find the perfect position for you!

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Student Success Office
The Student Success Office (SSO) provides and facilitates strategic student support for academic and personal success. Each term, they offer workshops, peer coaching, learning groups, and more! They are dedicated to working with each individual student to help you find your way, recognizing that success looks different for everyone. Make sure you check out and utilize their services to make the most of the opportunities offered to you!

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Counselling Services
Counselling Services is a team of professionals that provide programming and services to help students lead healthy and balanced lives. They provide a secure, supportive, and inclusive environment for all students. Counselling Services provides individual appointments, seminars and workshops, peer support, and online help for those in need of support and guidance. Whatever struggles you may be dealing with, you are not alone in them, and Counselling Services strives to help you improve.

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Mental Health Seminars
Counselling Services offers many seminars designed to help you learn healthier self-care habits, identify unhelpful thinking patterns, and develop skills and tools to cope with negative emotions. These seminars include: Coping Skills, Alleviating Anxiety, More Feet on the Ground Mental Health Training, and QPR Mental Health Training.

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Online Mental Health Resources
Can't make it to in-person wellness services and sessions? Counselling Services also provides online resources for mental health help! These resources include apps, videos, podcasts, and information about other available campus resources. They also have information about specific mental health issues and possible resources to help with each problem.

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Library Peer Support

Are you stressed? Do you need help or someone to talk to? Peer supporters from Mental Health Services are here for you! Counselling services will be offered in the Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries. This service is provided by UW MATES (Mentor Assistance Through Education & Support).

Counselling is available nightly until April 12th, from 7:00-9:00pm.

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Important Dates
As this is the last newsletter of the term, we wanted to remind you of some of the important dates between now and the beginning of the Fall 2019 term!

Important dates

  • April 24: Tuition and fees due for the Spring 2019 term
  • April 25: Late fees begin
  • May 17: Last day to add a class
  • June 1-3: Course selection period for Fall 2019 term
  • June 30: Tuition and fee arrangement deadline for Fall 2019 term
  • July 22-23: Drop/add period
  • August 20: Tuition and fees due for Fall 2019 term
  • August 21: Late fees begin
  • September 4: Fall 2019 classes begin

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MPACS Application Deadline Extended
The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program has extended the deadline for Fall 2019 applications to May 1, 2019. The MPACS program prepares students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to contribute to nonviolent peacebuilding efforts. If you are interested in  pursuing a career in the field of peace and conflict by learning with a small cohort and field-experienced faculty, apply now!

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