For Social Work Week we asked our experts about the most pressing issues we face

Social Work Week 2017 - Real Expertise. Real Life. Real ImpactSocial Work Week takes place this week, and this year’s theme is "Real Life. Real Expertise. Real Impact." To celebrate, This Week at Renison sat down with some of our faculty to talk about issues that are the focus of their expertise and how they hope to make an impact on the world through research. We asked each of them: If you could solve one issue that people face, what would it be and how would you do it? Their answers might surprise and inspire you. For Social Work Week we asked our experts about the most pressing issues we face  
 

Declare your major day

Declare your major day, Tuesday March 7Declaring a major happens at the end of first year for Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business students. Here is good news for those who are still undecided: there is a Declare your Major Fair at the Hagey Hub on Tuesday, March 7. There are people to talk to about which Majors you can choose and what your options are for academic planning. After two academic terms at Waterloo, you may well have firmed up decisions about what you want to study. Now is the time to let the university know officially the major you have decided on.  The Arts website and the Hagey Hall Fair also gives information on Minors. If you want a second area of interest, but don’t want to complete the 16 courses required for a second major, consider a minor. Stop by our booths at the fair or visit our departments in person to find out more. Declare your major day 

Lightning Talks tie in linguistic theory with actual practice

By Winona Phachanla, Administrative and Marketing Assistant, Culture and Language Studies

Students studying in the Lusi Wong LibraryWhat do gamification, accent perception, grammar instruction, thinking aloud while teaching, Harry Potter teaching pedagogy, and directed self-placement have in common? These are all research areas in applied linguistics. In February, students in Applied Language Studies (APPLS) attended a series of Lightning Talks from Waterloo professors in various language departments who shared their current research projects. The series of short presentations exposed students to the diverse research fields within applied languages. The presentations emphasized how theory is relevant to practice. Lighting Talks tie in linguistic theory with actual practice

Japanese language students own the podium at 2017 Ontario Japanese speech contest

Renison Japanese language students with awards at 2017 Ontario Japanese speech contestFive Waterloo students enrolled in Japanese language courses at Renison competed at the Ontario Japanese Speech Contest on Saturday, March 4. Each of these students brought home an award from the competition. Commenting on our successes of the speech contest, Kumiko Kunizane, Coordinator of Japanese Language and Culture Studies at Renison, said: "All instructors are proud of our students from the bottom of their hearts. We are honoured to work with such motivated and talented students." Japanese language students own the podium at 2017 Ontario Japanese speech contest

SDS and Social Work students compare the realities of communities in need in Canada versus Mexico

CMILE 2017 students pose for a pictureDuring reading week, SDS and Social Work students had an eye-opening journey as part of the Canada-Mexico International Learning Experience (CMILE) course taught by Professor Kathy Hogarth. The course provides students with an opportunity for experiential learning. The trip was led by Professor Hogarth along with the Director of the Renison Institute of Ministry, Marilyn Malton. SDS and Social Work students compare the realities of communities in need in Canada versus Mexico

International fair showcases cultural activities, exchanges and clubs

International Fair, Wednesday March 8, SLCWe can show you the world - join us on Wednesday, March 8 for the University of Waterloo International Fair! 
Drop by the Student Life Centre from 10am to 2pm. This event is hosted in partnership by the Renison English Language Institute. We look forward to seeing you there! International fair showcases cultural activities, exchanges and clubs

She has a name: Film screening aims to draw awareness to the darkness of exploitation

She has a name - Screening Saturday March 11 in MC 2065Recently a student from our Social Development Studies program asked if we could include something in the newsletter about an upcoming screening on Saturday, March 11 in MC 2065. She is working with the campus chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM), a non-profit that works to secure justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression in the developing world. Here is what she had to say about the work she is doing. She has a name: Film screening aims to draw awareness to the darkness of exploitation

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