PACS Newsletter - January 4th, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Winter Welcome Back!
Bi-Weekly Bulletin

In this newsletter you will find....

  • ICPF Conference 2018: Restorative Justice


  • Disaster Shocks: Issues of Local and Global Governance
  • Decolonization and Becoming an Effective Ally
  • How It Really Works...The Inside View of Canadian Foreign Policy
  • Current Issues in Global Health
  • HeForShe Ideathon
  • Our Climate is Nuclear
  • Beyond Essays: The Grebel Gallery
  • Indigenous Speaker Series
  • Palestine and Israel - Let No Walls Divide

Jobs, Opportunities & Internships

  • Job Opportunities for all!
  • HeForShe Working Groups


  • UWaterloo Free Rec
  • Waterloo Wellness: Winter 2018
  • Student Leadership Program

For more information keep scrolling below! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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.


ICPF Restorative Justice Conference

Event Date: February 9th - 11th, 2018
Registration Deadline: January 12th

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Conrad Grebel University College, we are proud and excited to be hosting the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) conference. The three day conference will explore the meaning, history, and practice of restorative justice and include a number of speakers who will be hosting a variety of workshops and panels.Registration includes access to all conference events and workshops, public evening events, and all meals during the program.To learn more about the conference, see the schedule & speakers, and to register visit our website!

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Disaster Shocks: Issues of Local and Global Governance

Date: Thursday, January 11th
Time: 12:30PM - 1:45PM
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs • Room 1-43

Speaker Dr. Stephen Evans examines six aspects of these natural disasters including the persistent lessons of precedence, the influence of climate change, the problem of disaster costs in relation to economy disruption and insurance, the limitations of warning and other mitigation strategies, the role of population growth (including urbanization), and defining timelines for infrastructure recovery/replacement that determine resilience. These six aspects of disaster shocks present challenges for national and international governance that in some parts of the world predominate as issues on government agendas.

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Decolonization and Becoming an Effective Ally

Date: Thursday, January 11th
Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

By discussing our mutual responsibility in understanding the ongoing history and legacy of Indigenous identities, language and content, Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan will offer thoughts on what it means to decolonize our minds and spaces toward embracing all our neighbours and the sophisticated knowledge they bring to communities.

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How it Really Works...The Inside View of Canadian Foreign Policy

Date: Friday, January 12th
Time: 12:00PM
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs • Room 1-43

Garry Keller has over 20 years of experience in Canadian politics, including as Chief of Staff to Canada’s Foreign Minister from 2011-2015. He has also served as Chief of Staff to the Government House Leader, Government Whip, Leader of the Opposition and as senior Parliamentary advisor to Prime Minister Harper.

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Current Issues in Global Health

Date: Monday, January 15th
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs • Room 1-43

David Wilson will discuss some contemporary issues in global health including new health threats, financing health, responding to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), building 21st century health delivery systems and how best to improve health outcomes. The session will participatory, with issues framed for open discussion.

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HeForShe Ideathon

Registration Deadline: January 16th
Date: Tuesday, January 23rd
Time: 11:30AM - 2:30PM or 4:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Science Teaching Complex (STC) Room 2002

Globally, 1 in 3 women face a form of violence, and on campuses, students typically experience violence from other students. The best solutions to on-campus violence come from students themselves!Please join us at our HeForShe ideathon to collaborate with fellow students of the University of Waterloo to share and create innovative solutions to end gender-based violence on campus.

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Our Climate is Nuclear

Date: Thursday, January 18th
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs • Room 1-43

This talk explores how the concept of ‘global climate change’ emerged only recently, from a surprising source: the sciences and technologies tracing radioactive fallout from nuclear bombs detonated during the Cold War. The global climate, therefore, is not the natural or immutable scientific object that we take for granted today as a permanent fixture of nature. Rather, it is the conceptual echo of mushroom clouds that once fomented a ‘global climate change’ wrought by nuclear winter.  

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Beyond Essays: Approaching Peace Education Differently - Launch

Date: Thursday, January 18th
Time: 4:00PM
Location: Grebel Gallery, Conrad Grebel University College

Celebrate PACS 40th anniversary with us by experiencing some of the most compelling arts-based assignments completed by students in the program. This artwork highlights the diverse, innovative, and transformational nature of the PACS program and PACS students.Come enjoy refreshments and good conversations with faculty, staff and students!

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Indigenous Speaker Series

Date: Thursday, January 18th
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Location: Modern Languages, Theatre of the Arts

Kateri is an Anishinaabe writer, poet, editor and the founder and managing editor of Kegedonce Press, an Indigenous publisher based in the territory of her people, the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation in southwestern Ontario. Her recent book, The Stone Collection, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for a Sarton Literary Award. She wrote the Globe & Mail opinion piece, The cultural appropriation debate is over. It’s time for action.

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Ottawa Student Seminar: Palestine and Israel - Let no walls divide

Date: February 15th-17th
Location: MCC Ottawa Office

  • learn about MCC and faith-based advocacy
  • learn about the different issues facing Palestinians and Israelis and the complexities of the issues on all sides
  • tour the Parliament Buildings; listen to Question Period
  • hear from Parliamentarians and civil society advocates
  • dialogue with students from across Canada
  • enjoy Ottawa's famous Winterlude festival

Subsides are available for travel costs!

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Jobs and Opportunities

Job Opportunities You Don't Want To Miss!

Hope Story - Donor Care Coordinator

Kitchener/Waterloo Area, Full Time
Application Deadline: January 5th
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Christian Horizons - Host Family Program Coordinator
Guelph Area, Full Time
Application Deadline: January 5th
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Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region - Food and Nutrition Coordinator
Kitchener/Waterloo Area, Full Time
Application Deadline: January 12th
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Darling Home for Kids - Administrative Coordinator
Milton Area, Full Time
Application Deadline: January 19th
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Community Living Guelph Wellington - Direct Support Supervisor
Guelph Area, Full Time
Application Deadline: January 31st
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HeForShe: UWaterloo Working Groups

Date: February 2nd, March 2nd, or May 4th
Time: 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Location: B.C. Matthews Hall Room 3119

Operating under the Provost's Advisory Committee on Equity (PACE) and supported by the Equity Office, this working group will seek to address issues equity related to gender and sexual identity.In addition to continuing our efforts on campus education through Making Spaces, we also have several other subcommittees that will work on the priorities we've decided on for the year 2017-2018 academic year


  1. Trans Health Initiative--A subcommittee devoted to improving and creating more affirming health resources on campus and in our KW community for trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary individuals.
  2. Visibility and Outreach--A subcommittee devoted to creating better visibility for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and students on campus and for involving/connecting our campus to the larger KW community.
  3. 16 Days...2018 (Nov. 25-Dec. 10)--A subcommittee devoted to organizing and executing activist oriented events associated with ending gender-based violence.

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Warrior Recreation Free Sessions

Maybe interested in using the gym or attending a fitness class, but not sure if it's the right fit for you? Warrior Recreation is pleased to offer Free Recreation Week from January 3 to 12. 

The following will be offered at no cost:

  • Gym Orientations
  • Fitness Classes
  • Instructional Classes

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Campus Wellness 2018 Workshops and Seminars

Attending a seminar or workshop at Counselling Services can be one of the best ways to enhance your personal success at University of Waterloo. Our seminars and workshops provide you with the opportunity to learn skills to help you cope with life's challenges.

Winter 2018 Seminars and Workshops:

  • Challenging Thinking
  • Cultivating Resiliency
  • Managing Emotions
  • Strengthening Motivation
  • Calming the Panic: Practical Skills to Reduce Anxiety
  • Developing Your Compassionate Mind
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Preventing Depression Relapse

Winter 2018 Therapy Groups:

  • Overcoming Anxiety
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Overcoming Social Anxiety
  • Regulating Emotions

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Student Leadership Program (SLP)

The Student Leadership Program (SLP) is a broad-based, experiential series of workshops available to current University of Waterloo students (undergraduate and graduate).

Program Details:

  • Workshops are free to any current UWaterloo student (you must be registered in the term)
  • You can complete the 12 workshops in any order and at your own pace throughout your university career
  • By completing all 12 workshops, you are eligible to receive an E-Certificate
  • This program does not qualify for university credit

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If you have any questions, feedback, or concerns feel free to give me a shout!

Erin Huston
PACS Communications Assistant
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