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    the field of conflict resolution His presentation is now available for viewing online Continue Reading Supporting Rights and Liberties by Ellen Paulley Friday October 3 2014 10 37 AM An interest in community development and international issues prompted Choloe Chapple to pursue a degree in Conflict Resolution Studies at MSC That interest coupled with theoretical knowledge and practical application has shaped Chapple s life experiences Chapple currently serves as the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties MARL an organization that promotes supports and celebrates human rights and civil liberties Continue Reading IDS Student Reflects on Practicum Experience in Tanzania by Ellen Paulley Thursday September 11 2014 4 13 PM I spent this past summer living in a little town called Moshi Tanzania right at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro for my International Development Studies IDS practicum In Moshi I worked at the Msamaria Centre for Street Children an organization that houses clothes and feeds children who are living on the streets for various reasons I spent my days teaching English and Math digging planting and maintaining a vegetable garden and spending time with the incredible group of children that lived at the centre and who dropped in on a regular basis Continue Reading Reflections on Social Justice Fair 2014 by Ellen Paulley Wednesday August 13 2014 4 33 PM On Wednesday February 5th 2014 Menno Simons College hosted the 8th Annual Social Justice Fair in Riddell Hall at the University of Winnipeg Coordinated by Jocelyn Hummelt a 2014 graduate of Conflict Resolution Studies the Fair brought together representatives from a variety of local organizations to increase awareness of social justice issues and showcase the ongoing efforts towards peace and justice that are prevalent in and around our province Continue Reading Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Tools to

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  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution: Tools to Support Democratization Process in Myanmar | MSC News | MSC
    nationwide ceasefire with 16 different armed groups A challenge for the peace process is a lack of trust and absence of cooperation among the ethnically diverse population say Drs Snyder and Stobbe Our seminar and workshop came at an important time Participants included members from 23 political parties all religions in the country over 15 civil society organizations and represented eight ethnic groups The week began with a day of speeches from Myanmar s political leaders who have been involved in democratic movements The second day featured presentations that shared stories of countries that successfully transitioned from dictatorships to democracy or peaceful co existence Three days of conflict resolution workshops focused on conflict analysis peacemaking and steps for moving forward Participants formed small groups that spanned ethnic lines and worked together to analyze the conflict issues They also shared ways they have been involved in nation building projects and processes at different levels of society We created a safe space for them to have this kind of dialogue and conversation with one another which is really important After 60 years of not being able to have these discussions they were ready says Dr Stobbe The participants were great they were able to share and be open and honest about issues that are facing their families and communities Collaborative negotiation was a critical part of each workshop Participants dialogued together to determine what problems need to be addressed find common visions for the future and provide their responses to the material shared We believe that building mutual trust requires interaction say Drs Snyder and Stobbe The workshop provided opportunities to find common ground on the causes of the conflict across ethnic and political lines and develop common visions for the future The idea for the event grew out of Lian s

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    Thinking on the Role of Gender in Peace by Ellen Paulley Wednesday July 9 2014 4 44 PM A new peace curriculum designed by Voice of Women for Peace Manitoba aims to transform and enhance young women s knowledge skills and attitudes around peace building and conflict resolution The curriculum Women Peace Activism A Toolkit for Young Feminists to Build a Culture of Peace was written by Janna Barkman and Jazmin Papadopoulos both of whom have studied at Menno Simons College MSC Continue Reading New Practicum Opportunities for CRS and IDS Students by Ellen Paulley Friday July 4 2014 11 15 AM Updated January 16 2015 In 2014 Ruth Taronno MSC s Director of Practicum travelled to Ghana to explore potential practicum opportunities for conflict resolution and international development students As a result of the trip practicum opportunities are available for students at the organizations listed below Continue Reading Exploring Practicum Opportunities in Ghana by Ellen Paulley Friday July 4 2014 10 53 AM A two week trip to Ghana resulted in five new practicum opportunities for conflict resolution and international development students at Menno Simons College MSC Ruth Taronno MSC s Director of Practicum and Alumni Relations travelled to Ghana in late April to develop relationships and investigate possible practicum placements with 10 organizations Continue Reading School based practicum program boosts student s confidence in dealing with conflict by Ellen Paulley Friday May 16 2014 2 40 PM A school based practicum program offers students an opportunity to implement conflict resolution theory and education in real life situations Lacie Munholland a third year Conflict Resolution Studies and Human Rights student at Menno Simons College MSC and The University of Winnipeg Global College had the opportunity to lead mediations in a school setting through MSC s practicum program Continue Reading

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  • New Curriculum Encourages Critical Thinking on the Role of Gender in Peace | MSC News | MSC
    have studied at Menno Simons College MSC Topics include empowerment and healing through art transforming the media engaging in collective action environmental leadership rewriting history with women in the story sexual and gender based violence and international protection and culture jamming techniques Barkman who has a Master s of Development Practice from the University of Winnipeg says that the topics are reflective of all the people she and Papadopoulos talked to about it especially the young people they were in the background of everything VOW Manitoba partnered with the Manitoba chapter of the Girl Guides of Canada who connected Barkman and Papadopoulos with young women who provided feedback on and inspiration for the content Funding for the curriculum was provided by UNIFOR The curriculum does a really good job in teaching and encouraging young people to not just think about the role that being a woman or being a girl plays but gender in general says Barkman It provides a starting point for critical thinking about the role gender plays in peace Currently available at the VOW Canada website there are plans to have it available on the Girl Guides of Canada website as well Online availability means that anyone can access it view the materials case studies and activities and engage with it as they desire says Papadopoulos a conflict resolution student at MSC Hopefully this means that the curriculum can readily meet the interests and needs of a diverse population In early May MSC and The University of Winnipeg Global College co sponsored the first VOW Youth Peace Summit where Barkman and Papadopoulos presented the curriculum to a group of high school students I was impressed by the level of engagement with the material and with each other says Papadopoulos We were really fortunate to have a group

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  • School-based practicum program boosts student’s confidence in dealing with conflict | MSC News | MSC
    setting through MSC s practicum program Before practicum I knew what mediation was but wouldn t have known how to do it Now after practicum it comes as second nature she says Munholland and her practicum partner Robyn Dryden taught conflict resolution skills and conducted mediations between students at Hugh John MacDonald School one of four schools that participate in MSC s school based practicum program While unsure at first how children would respond to the idea of conflict resolution Munholland says the children were welcoming and interested to see what the process of mediation would look like We d explain what mediation is and ask them to take part in it After explaining the process kids were very open to participating Some of the conflicts Munholland and Dryden mediated had to do with physical violence were gang related or had to do with challenges of living in Winnipeg s inner city The school s guidance counselor would share conflicts with them that she thought would be appropriate for and benefit from mediation or conflict resolution The first step in mediation was a pre interview where the children involved had individual opportunities to share what happened and their feelings and opinions about the incident If mediation was deemed an appropriate response following the pre interviews the parties involved were brought together for a respectful conversation We d ask what each party can do to make the situation better and if they could come up with ideas together says Munholland The concept of an apology would often come up Lots of kids would apologize on their own Approximately 80 students have taken part in MSC s school based practicum program which was established in 2000 The program provides students with opportunities to get mediation experience provide peer mediation trainings and to

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    Development Alumni Events Career Opportunities Currents Magazine Alumni Giving Give to MSC MSC News Understanding women s wellbeing in South Africa requires study of local level data by Ellen Paulley Thursday April 17 2014 2 16 PM United Nations reports suggest high levels of wellbeing for women in South Africa However the data represents the experience of only some women in the country according to research by Menno Simons College MSC student Lauren Milne Milne an honours International Development student recently had her thesis published in The Undercurrent the Canadian undergraduate journal of development studies Continue Reading Menno Simons College student inspired by Canadian School of Peacebuilding course by Ellen Paulley Friday April 11 2014 11 52 AM For Marissa Rykiss attending the Canadian School of Peacebuilding was nothing short of life changing The 22 year old Winnipegger enrolled in the course Women and Peacebuilding at the 2012 CSOP as part of a B A program in Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College Continue Reading Esau Lecture Series How We Grow Share and Eat Moving Towards Just and Sustainable Food Farming by Ellen Paulley Tuesday April 8 2014 11 57 AM The Menno Simons College MSC Esau Lecture Series

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  • Understanding women’s wellbeing in South Africa requires study of local level data | MSC News | MSC
    out of 182 countries in the GDI which measures gender inequalities in the areas of life expectancy education and income GEM assesses women s political and economic participation and their decision making power South Africa ranks 26 out of 182 countries in the GEM Milne spent three months on a practicum assignment in Cape Town South Africa She volunteered with a legal aid organization and worked with women in townships to increase awareness of their rights Milne found that the experiences of the women she met didn t match the high ranking that the GEM indicates When you look at the measures such as employment in parliament or top managerial positions these are things women wouldn t achieve in daily life she says Milne discovered that while the GEM indicates a high level of wellbeing for women in South Africa the type of income studied in both the GEM and GDI represents only urban income in the formal sector and reflects a non agricultural wage The national statistics that are used in the report represent only a portion of the population Most women live in rural areas says Milne where unemployment is very high and many participate in the informal economic sector or are farmers Her suggestions for improving these measurements are to use local level statistics and gather income information from men and women in the informal sector and in rural areas Dr Jonathan Sears Assistant Professor of International Development Studies at MSC worked with Milne to develop her thesis for publication As part of the honours thesis course Milne s paper was reviewed by Dr Sears a fellow student and a second MSC faculty member Lauren went above and beyond in terms of taking the assignment from the course and reworking it for submission to The Undercurrent says

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  • Menno Simons College student inspired by Canadian School of Peacebuilding course | MSC News | MSC
    She wants to teach yoga and potentially open her own studio Rykiss says her interest in teaching yoga stems from her desire to help people develop their self care so that they can be better people and lead more compassionate empathetic lives After taking the CSOP course I realized there s so many other ways I can help people and I don t necessarily need to have a title like lawyer to do that she says My happiness and the happiness of others is more important to me than having a title like that Ouyporn Khuankaew a Buddhist feminist peace trainer from Thailand and Anna Snyder associate professor of conflict resolution studies at Menno Simons College taught the course Rykiss says it was the way the course was taught that impacted her so greatly Ouyporn had a non traditional way of teaching where she offered guided meditation at the beginning of each day and it just allowed us to become a bit more mindful while we were present in the class Rykiss says She is one of the most inspiring and engaging women I ve ever met When the course ended it was emotional for Rykiss I cried on the last day and was so happy that I decided to participate in that particular course she says It felt like it was meant to be It made me ask myself why I need to be pursuing something a career in law that isn t consistent with who I am and helped me understand that where I need to be is in a more transformative pathway helping people who can t help themselves get to a place of awareness and mindfulness It wasn t intended in the curriculum but that s just what I got out of it A lot of

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