CPA May e-newsletter

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MAY 2020

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Pandemic Challenge
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UWaterloo's entrepreneurial community has banded together to support student ventures through the Pandemic Challenge this Spring! The Challenge is intended to encourage and support students with ideas and solutions for the problems generated by COVID-19.

Registration closed last Friday and we have 69 teams registered, with over 130 students representing each year of student and every faculty.

Read more about the Pandemic Challenge's unique response to the COVID-19 crisis.


Map the System team advances to Global Finals
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University of Waterloo's Map the System team will be advancing to the Global Finals after competing at the Canadian Finals earlier this month. The team's project on transit-induced gentrification provided an in-depth look at the economic impact of the recently launched LRT system in Waterloo Region. 

Learn more about the team's research and register for the Global Finals showcase. 

Peace Innovators wrap up 2019-2020, look ahead
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The Centre for Peace Advancement, Kindred Credit Union and The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) celebrated the end of the 2019-2020 Peace Innovators program, which saw five students successfully launch four projects at the beginning of May. We received applications from 19 students for the upcoming year and we look forward to announcing the 2020-2021 cohort!

Katie Gingerich, Executive Director of TREE, expressed gratitude for the resilience of this past year's students and believes that the Peace Innovators program is "one step on their lifelong journeys as innovators and peacebuilders."

Read more about the 2019-2020 cohort.

Toward trauma-informed communities
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Michelle Jackett shared her reflections on  the need for trauma-informed spaces in the latest edition of Grebel Now.

This article was originally written to coincide with the opening of a new Grebel Gallery exhibit; despite the disruptions to these plans, Michelle's article – and the overall theme of the exhibit – is all the more relevant in light of the pandemic.


Project Ploughshares catalyzes conversation
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Project Ploughshares has continued to drive the conversation around global disarmament and peace amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

From analyzing the unique difficulties of war zones to combat the virus, to providing commentary on COVID-19's impact on surveillance technology, Project Ploughshares has a vast array of new articles and commentaries to supplement your quarantine reads.

Check out Project Ploughshares' latest publications.

Upcoming Events

Map the System Global Finals 

The University of Waterloo Map the System team will be competing at the Global Finals from June 15-17, 2020. Visit the Centre's event page to stay up to date with details on the virtual showcase.

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

Pandemic Challenge - Concept by Velocity

In partnership with the entrepreneurial community at UWaterloo, Concept is hosting the Pandemic Challenge and Workshops during Spring 2020. Designed to help students develop ideas that will help solve the problems generated by COVID-19, the Pandemic Challenge will culminate in the Pandemic Challenge Fund pitch competition in July 2020. 

Learn more about the Pandemic Challenge.
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