Centre for Peace Advancement April e-newsletter

APRIL 2019

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Grebel students take on Oxford's Map the System challenge

On April 8, the University of Waterloo's first ever Map the System campus final was held at Conrad Grebel University College. The winning team demonstrated their grasp of the complexities of food insecurity in Northern Ontario. They will participate the Canadian Finals at Ryerson University in early May.

Read more about Map the System and the Waterloo finals.

Be a peace innovator

Calling all students entering their final year of high school! We're looking for our next cohort of peace innovators who are ready to tackle a problem that they are passionate about in their community. Over the course of one year in the Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program, participants will develop and launch an innovative plan to address their identified issue.

Share this opportunity with grade 11 students aspiring to build peace and encourage them to apply

Goodbyes and next steps   

This month we said goodbye to two members of our Centre for Peace Advancement team. Hannah Hill, our Incubator Fellow, will be starting a co-op placement at Parachute in May. Katrina Steckle, our Communications Assistant, is heading back to school for the Spring term. We are so grateful for all of their hard work and wish them well as they continue their journeys!   

Interdisciplinary discussions about the implications of AI  

Branka Marijan of Project Ploughshares and two upcoming PeaceTech Living Learning Community Peer Leaders took part in the University of Waterloo's 2019 Artificial Intelligence Summit on April 4. The summit included a roundtable discussion and showcased students' research to spark conversations about the socio-cultural and political implications of artificial intelligence.

Read more about the summit and participants' thoughts about emerging technologies.

Making headlines
Centre for Peace Advancement participants are in the news! 

April has been a busy month for Centre for Peace Advancement participants! The work of many of our participants has been mentioned in various news outlets throughout the month.

 On April 1, Demine Robotics' CEO Richard Yim was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 entrepreneurs. Douglas Blair, CFO of Demine Robotics, was featured on the 570 News Tech Spotlight on April 2. On April 4, the Waterloo Region Record published an article about Demine Robotics and the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. BBC World Service spoke to Richard about Demine Robotics' mission on April 12.

On April 4, an op-ed in the New York Times praised the Tamarack Institute for their work creating "communitywide collective impact structures" for poverty eradication.

On April 9, Growing Hope Farm was the focus of an article in the Waterloo Region Record that highlighted Founder Sarah Martin Mill's desire to offer volunteer and skills training opportunities for women from Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener.

Upcoming events

New Grebel Gallery Exhibit Launch

Grebel Gallery, Conrad Grebel University College 
May 9, 7:30pm 
Join us for a reception to celebrate the upcoming Grebel Gallery exhibit "New Fraktur," an exhibit by Grebel alumnus Meg Harder that reinterprets fraktur folk art
to disrupt problematic narratives and create space for new histories and futures. Fraktur is an imaginative and densely detailed illuminated calligraphy, historically produced by early Mennonite settlers in Ontario. At the launch, guests will hear about the exhibit from the artist.  Register here

Evaluation + Design: Evaluating Systems Change

Ottawa, ON
May 22-23, 2019 
Join the Tamarack Institute for this innovative, two-day workshop and dive into one of the most critical challenges for today's social innovators and evaluators - designing evaluations for systems change. Register here


The X Page Workshop Presents: Quilt of Stories 

Waterloo, ON
May 26, 2:00pm
Quilt of Stories is a storytelling performance about home and belonging by immigrant and refugee women from Waterloo Region. The Centre for Peace Advancement has been excited to host a 12-week writing and performance workshop during which 19 women each developed a personal narrative. The women then worked collaboratively to bring their individual stories together into a cohesive presentation.
Register here  

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

The Centre for Peace Advancement is excited to announce that we have a new page on our website called Employment and Engagement Opportunities! On this page, we'll be posting current and upcoming opportunities to get involved with the Centre and our participants through job and volunteer offerings. A few of the opportunities will be highlighted here in the monthly e-newsletter, these are great ways to get involved at the Centre for Peace Advancement. Make sure to apply or forward this newsletter to someone looking to get involved!  

Communications Assistant - Centre for Peace Advancement

Join our team! In Spring term 2019, the Centre for Peace Advancement will be hiring a Communications Assistant for the Fall term through the University of Waterloo Co-operative Education program. University of Waterloo students enrolled in a co-operative education program who are receiving OSAP can apply through WaterlooWorks.

Read more about this role on the
job description


Workshop Facilitator - The Ripple Effect Education (TREE)

TREE programs run in classrooms with students in grades one to six from October to April. TREE is looking for dynamic individuals to fill these flexible part-time roles who:

  • are passionate about peacemaking and conflict resolution
  • love working with children ages 6-12
  • are confident public speakers
  • want to gain experience in peacebuilding and education fields

If you're interested in this position, please contact TREE Director, Katie Gingerich at tre.education@uwaterloo.ca.

Quote of the month

 "Don't fall in love with solvability, fall in love with complexity."

- Daniela Papi-Thornton, Creator of Map the System, Tackling Heropreneurship

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