2013/2014 Conference Selected

The theme for the 2014 PCJ conference is “Canada, Here and Now: Putting the Local into Perspective.” Congratulations to Simmon Li and Kay Dyson Tam, next year’s conference directors.

Voting was incredibly close, and strong polling for each of the ideas is a testament to how fantastic all three proposals were.

Finally, a big thank you to the PCJ community as a whole. Over 63% of the entire program voted, speaking to what a tight-knit and involved student body we have. A great job to our students as well as our presidents for making this turnout happen!

Incoming Executive!

Congratulations to the winners of our PCJS elections! The positions for President, Treasurer, Social Director, Academic Director, and Internal Communications Officer have been filled! The remaining positions will be filled come September!

The winners are:

  • Presidents: Julia Wilton & Leah Thompson
  • Social Director: Stephanie Tran
  • Academic Director: Abeera Khan
  • Treasurer: Kay Dyson-Tam
  • Internal Communications: Sebastian Dutz

Looking forward to the next year!

Conference Proposals

Just a reminder that Thursday, April 4th is the last day to vote for conference proposals. The voting closes 11:59pm tomorrow! If you have not yet voted and are a PCJ student, please check your email and find the voting link in Monday’s email from presidents@pcjsociety.ca. If for any reason you did not receive the link, shoot us an email and we will remedy that.

Election Candidates

Hello again PCJ,

The elections take place April 5th @ 2pm in the PCJ Lounge. If you can’t make it to the lounge, but would still like to vote, you can email presidents@pcjsociety.ca by 12:00pm on April 5th with your votes. Below are all the candidate statements for the positions that are open! Remember that our class rep positions will be elected in the coming fall term!

Best of luck to all of our candidates!

PRESIDENTS

Ezequiel Lubocki and Scott Dallen

We, Ezequiel Lubocki and Scott Dallen, are running for the positions of Co-Presidents (BroPresidents) of the 2013-2014 Peace, Conflict and Justice student society. The past two years have provided us with an incredibly valuable academic and social experience in the Peace and Conflict community, and we are excited for the opportunity to give back. In the upcoming year, we intend to continue to provide the stimulating environment that we had the privilege of being involved in. As Co-Presidents, we want to gather student input and provide a close relationship between the administration and PCJ students, by doing this we hope to tailor the program to the specific interests of the students. Not only will we continue to encourage student engagement from upper years, we will make a special effort to support participation from the 260-class. We also hope to establish meaningful connections between upper year students and students new to the program through regular academic and social events. Additionally, we hope to bring new ideas to the PCJ society, like creating links with other student societies (like the IR society) through collaborative social events, and lecture series.

We are really excited to continue the traditions of our strong social and academic PCJ society, while bringing our own energy to make it even more valuable for all of the students of the Peace, Conflict, and ‘Justice League’.
– Your Bro-Presidents.

Julia Wilton and Leah Thompson

Dearest PCJ community:
It is with great excitement that we announce our candidacy to become your new Co-Presidents for the 2013-2014 school year. When we started out here at U of T, everything was new, strange, and different. Classes were HUGE, and it was never quite as easy to make friends, get involved, or be the (borderline annoying) superachiever we always were in high school. That is, until we found PCJ. PCJ brought us into a community of high-strung, anxious, determined, passionate, FUN, and vibrant individuals (to say likeminded wouldn’t do us justice) who we have come to love with every fiber of our being. Seriously, we couldn’t live without you guys. Fast-forward to now, and here we are, ready to give every PCJ-er, new and old, the same fantastic experience that we’ve had so far. We want to help foster that tight-knit community that you can only have in a small program like PCJ. We want EVERYONE – the majors, Specialists, AND commuters alike to get the most out of the program, academically and socially. We’ll do our best to provide special opportunities for you to get to know your profs and classmates better (almost to the point of knowing too much), attend awesome academic and social events, and feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself at U of T. Both of us have been involved in PCJ in the past, and we’re really passionate about this program (read: borderline obsessed with). Julia has served as the Communications Director in the PCJ exec, as well as the Administrative Director of the 2012 PCJ Conference (food brought to you by yours truly). She has also brainwashed a large number of Grade 12s and first years into believing that PCJ is the best program in the history of the universe (but it is, obviously). Leah was a panel director at the 2012
PCJ conference, and a proud member of the PCJ social scene. It’s our goal to make this coming year of PCJ awesome for all of us (we’re gonna blow your socks off).

Believe us when we say that we can’t wait to serve you.
Peacefully yours,
Julia Wilton and Leah Thompson

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Abeera Khan

Hello PCJ,
I’m running for the Academic Director position. I’ve had a lot of fun participating in the PCJ Conference as panel director this past year, the enthusiasm and dedication PCJ students have towards the program’s ventures is what made the conference so successful. I want to channel that enthusiasm to the upcoming year’s academic events. I want next year’s academic events to reflect the interdisciplinary essence of our program, which means seminars with distinct topics and speakers from a variety of backgrounds. In addition, I want to work with Prof. Wong and Reina to establish more partnerships with organizations to increase internship and volunteer opportunities for you guys, which should be broad in scope and reflect the diverse interests of our student body. As academic director, I will work to make your academically inclined PCJ experiences outside the classroom as thought-provoking and enriching as possible. This includes facebook event cover photos based around seminal public intellectuals like Kanye, Honey Boo Boo, and PCJ favourite Ryan Gosling.
I’ll leave you with an inspiring Kanye quote: “Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights” – Vote Abeera for Academic Director,
and I’ll help you see all of the (interdisciplinary) lights.

Charlotte Smith

Hey PCJ!
I want to direct you…academically!! Not in like, a weird controlling way though, more in an academically helpful sort of way. I promise. I know our previous academic directors have had huge success getting amazing speakers, professors and generally way too smart people in to come talk to us, and I think this is one of the many privileges we have as PCJ students. If elected your academic director, I plan to continue this tradition and hold fun and informative events, and get some really great people in next year to talk about some crazy cool PCJ things.

Because PCJ is crazy cool. YAY!”

SOCIAL DIRECTOR

Stephanie Tran

Hey sweet thangs,
I’m Steph Tran and I’m superly duperly interested in running for the position of Social Director on next year’s PCJ Society exec. I have pretty sick game from being the 260 Rep this year, holding down the fort steady throughout while keeping our game real. I’m always down to party hardy, whether it’s
shaking what my mama gave me at the PCJ Formal or reenacting the Blair Witch Project at Hart House Farms. However, years of dancing on my own has gotten a bit tiresome. So, it is my duty as Beyonce’s protege to get you PCJ students to come together to socialize and get some air away from Robarts. I love people, therefore I love you, and thusly we must dance together.

Here’s something special:http://goo.gl/ddwT9
Peace, no conflict, just booty,
Steph Tran

TREASURER

Kay Dyson Tam

Oi PCJ!
I am standing for re-election for the position of Treasurer! I want to remain involved in the Society and I thought I could put my capable spreadsheet skills to use in this position. Plus, my re-election would mean we can hit the ground running in September (yes, you can look forward to some wellfunded Frosh week events).
This year, I handled the Society’s money, went to lots of ASSU meetings, wrote cheques, went to more meetings, made sure we were able to pay for the formal, etc. Next year, I’ll likely do more of the same but would like to extend the opportunity to all PCJ students to pitch ideas for events they’d like the Society to fund (as we can never run as many events as we can get funds for). By starting a small fund for “Great PCJ Ideas”, we’ll hopefully host a broader range of events. Let’s get our money working for us.
Peace.
And Conflict. And Justice.

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Sebastian Dutz

As I sit in my room studying frantically for my PCJ260 final tomorrow morning, I’m reflecting back fondly on an amazing year of PCJ activities as a way to stay sane. From weekly bluegrass nights at the Silver Dollar to the recent formal to just hanging out in our lounge, I discovered how incredible our tight-knit community is. I feel it’s a community worth becoming more involved in and am thus running for the position of Internal Communications Officer. I’ve been an active member of the PCJ community this year, attending many events, promoting the program at the UofT March Break Open House, and answering questions at the PCJ society’s own Open House. I also have extensive experience in communication and organization. This year, I was secretary of my college’s athletic association. I know how to take (sometimes humorous) minutes, organize meetings and communicate with an executive team, as well as the more general student population. I would really like to increase my involvement within the PCJ program next year, and feel I am specifically suited to this position.

Thanks,
Sebastian Dutz

Marsha McLeod

Several days ago, very late at night – presumably this aided the thought process – I thought, ‘hey, all this peace stuff? It’s actually pretty awesome!’ But the best part? I don’t even need to be in a hazy fog of delusion to know that everyone who is a part of this community is awesome! So with that, let me be awesome on your behalf as the internal communications wiz of the PCJ Society. I will be able to complete the requisite job – being organized and keeping track of all our booming ideas – very well.

However, I can do other jobs as well, i.e. forcing first-years into becoming a part of the community! This year, I really appreciated the enthusiasm that came from upper-year students as I pondered about how I fit with the PCJ program. In that respect, I think I could be great at convincing others into coming to events and functions – or for all intensive purposes, manipulating others into loving our community. All states need to be a little coercive, no?

Upcoming Elections!

Hey gang,

The time has come for the executive to renew itself. If you’re looking for a way to become involved with the society, we will be holding elections for the 2013-2014 academic year on April 5th at 2pm in the PCJ Lounge. Available positions are as follows: President(s) (one or two); Academic Director; Social Director; Internal Communications Director; Treasurer. The other positions will be voted on come September. If you’re interested in putting your name into the running, all we require are short blurbs as to why you want to run (no more than a paragraph). They’re due to presidents@pcjsociety.ca by 11:59pm on Monday, April 1st.

Another successful conference

It’s been a couple of weeks since the conference ended, but it was a raging success. Our keynote speaker, Prof. Saskia Sassen, was surprised to learn that we were all undergraduate students! That’s certainly something comforting to hear from a Columbia professor!

A big thanks goes out to the conference directors this year, Cloe Bilodeau, Julia Deutsch, Alex Dyzenhaus & Alex Goel, for all their hard work in putting it together! And as well a big thanks to their team for helping them throw it all together!

Finally, just a reminder that the conference proposals will be accepted soon! The program as a whole selects, together, the conference proposal for 2014! In the past, proposals have included:

  • a topic or theme
  • a link from the topic or theme to PCJ
  • a list a proposed speakers and panelists (this doesn’t have to be the final list)
  • the basic format of he conference (including, at least, a draft schedule)
  • a draft budget and fundraising strategy
  • a conference team (again, draft list)
  • a summary to be presented to students who will be voting.

This process typically culminates in March and if anyone is interested in submitting a proposal, keep your eyes open for a more detailed and official announcement!

The Formal Committee Needs You!

Hey everyone!

Every year, the PCJ Society holds a formal that is tons of fun, and a great send off before the term kicks into high gear. We get fancy according to a theme and party it up together! There’s usually nice music and food, but alas this can’t be done alone. The Formal Committee gets together to figure all of this good stuff out, and we need more people! It’s a great way to get involved (until elections later this year) and it’s a ton of fun!

If you’re interested, please email social@pcjsociety.ca and you’ll hear something soon!

Election Results!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the PCJ elections today. The Results are as follows:

PCJ260 Representative: Stephanie Tran
PCJ360 Representative/Ad-Hoc Position: Reem Farah, Molly Grove
PCJ460 Representative: Cloe Bilodeau
POST Representative: Jason Brisebois

There will be many other opportunities to become involved throughout the year – we’ll keep you posted!

PCJ Society Elections!

Thank god for public campaign financing! ;)

The PCJ Society will be holding class representative elections this coming Friday, September 28th at 12:15pm in the PCJ Society Lounge, Room 62S in the South House of the old Munk Building, 1 Devonshire Place. The positions and nominees are:
260 Class Rep:
Stephanie Tran

I’m Stephanie Tran, a second year student from Woodbridge, Ontario currently enrolled in the Joint specialist program. I would absolutely love to run for PCJ260 class rep! I’m currently in the exec for WUSC Trinity, in which I’m really active in and passionate about. I’m super enthusiastic, always take initiative, and am always down to have fun and spread the joy.

Charlotte Smith

I’m currently in my third year at U of T, doing a double major in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and Equity Studies, with a minor in African Studies. I’ve always been interested in international politics and international justice studies, and since I arrived at the University of Toronto, Peace and Conflict Studies has been a major goal of mine. Being accepted into the program is an amazing opportunity that I want to be able to give back to as much as possible. I’m excited to meet and work with everyone in the PCJ community, and to be able to contribute to the direction of the program to the best of my ability.

360 Reps
Reem Farah

Hello, My name is Reem Farah. Incase you don’t know me, I am the girl that ask many questions and talks a lot about colonialism. I am originally Palestinian, I was born in Toronto, and lived in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, so I’m a third culture kid. However, being part of this program and specifically this class, surrounded by likeminded people that I can be myself with and learn so much from has made me feel at home. I want to be your Class Representative because I want to maintain and enhance this positive environment.

I am a very interpersonal and creative person, so as Class Rep I would work on:

  • Adding an artistic channel to give us the platform to express our politics/society/and selves in different mediums.Accessing academic support to aid us as a class; maybe in the form of workshops or group/peer editing?
  • Solidifying our voice as a student society on campus to keep up with the global conversation, and work towards becoming transnational (which should be inherent and inevitable in PCJ) by building bridges with other institutions and creating or joining international conferences.

I am very accessible, approachable, and adaptable and would integrate all your voices and concerns.

I think that I would be a great representative because I am both passionate and open to new ideas, ambitious and down-to-earth, and hence can lead us to new innovative courses while maintaining our traditions and standard.

Molly Grove

From what I understand this job really entails a lot of announcing. I would like to say that I am a superb announcement maker. In fact I was elected to make all of the announcements for Oxfam’s National Change 2012 conference in Vancouver and received amazing feedback. Including comments like: “You are the best announcer I have ever seen. Very funny and witty!”

Beyond that there are many other things that I am passionate about and committed to at the moment, inculding PACS! It is easiest and most comfortable for me to name the different labels that have been assigned to aspects of my life.
In no particular order:

  • competitive swimmer, UofT varsity team and competing at a national level (yes this means I train a lot)
  • Oxfamer (U of T co-pres and all things Oxfam related, including running conferences and planning many events)
  • PACser (I’m doing the Joint Specialization with PCJ and IR and a minor in African Studies)
  • blog writer for shedoesthecity.com (I get to go to cool events and get free stuff)
  • editorial intern for opencanada.org (this was last year and hopefully again this year)
  • Nanny (These people are practically my family and I love them very mucho – ask me about my kids)
  • Albertan..? just jokes that isn’t a positive

If you can’t tell.. I am a pretty busy gal but I like it that way and I think that this position just lets me be a bigger better part of the PCJ family… And you guys are pretty darn cool.

Raagini Appadurai

I’m really interested and excited to run for the PCJ360 class rep this year. I’ve have a passion for people, building connections, and contributing to creating a classroom environment that is exciting, challenging and fun with my peers and colleagues. I’ve had a lot of leadership experience with different groups both in highschool and at U of T in the last couple years. As a founder of a global issues group, a captain on numerous sports teams, a residence house president for two years running, and a very involved student on campus, I have learned the beauty of what it means to be a part of a thriving and exciting University campus, and would love to help bring that vibe into the PCJ classroom where we are all deeply passionate about what we are learning.

460 Rep
Cloe Bilodeau

Hey guys, my name is Cloe, and I’m going to be running for 460 rep this year. I feel like I know most of you, and if not, am looking forward to meeting you. Three reasons why I would make an excellent class rep:

    • I was 360 rep last year and every week, braved the tedious duty of asking JY if I could make an announcement at the beginning of class despite the fact that I knew he would absolutely forget this five minutes later and start his lecture. I have earned my class rep stripes.
    • I am a very involved member of the PACS community (conference director, always out at events, always in the lounge, etc) and have a vested interest in helping make sure that certain events take place. For example, I am committed to making sure that there is a PCJ graduate event of some kind (lunch, dinner, whatever, based on your feedback) at the end of the year.
    • ICM ICM ICM! While I am not going to commandeer the international course module decision making process, I am definitely more than willing to be the go-to person to organize meetings, make sure the application process is followed correctly, and do other administrative duties to make sure that the ICM application is completed so we can all go abroad together. It’ll be wild.

So yes, Cloe for 460 rep.

Program Rep
Jason Brisebois

Dear my fellow PCJers, I am running for the position of “Program Rep” for 4th years students no longer enrolled in PCJ core courses. I am interested in running for this position to ensure that students who are no longer directly connected with the core courses still feel a sense of engagement in the PCJ community. I hope to provide timely and professional representation for my fellow program-mates, while also ensuring that their concerns and needs are attended to. I have heard concerns in the past from students who felt that their experience declined after leaving the PCJ courses, and I aim to ensure that this does not occur this academic session.

As for me, I’m a native of Sudbury, Ontario. I’m a 4th year student double majoring in PCJ and political science. I’m an avid skier and golfer, and have throughly enjoyed my time within the PCJ community. I hope to become even more involved, and feel there is no better way to do so than to run for this position. To my fellow classmates, come election day, I ask that you entrust me with the duty of representing your interests on the PCJ executive.

Please ensure to show up on time, as the voting process will begin promptly. Come out and make your voice heard in the PCJ executive! We’re such a small bunch; every vote really counts. If you can’t make, but still want to vote, please get in touch with presidents@pcjsociety.ca to set something up. Also, there will be free food.

See you all there!

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