Dr. Jobb Arnold, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies, has taught at Menno Simons College and CMU since 2015.
What do you love about your work here?
An element I really like about CMU and working here is it's got a practice orientation; people care about what happens in the world. This is really close to my heart, having worked in places like Rwanda and Northern Ireland and indeed here in Winnipeg. There's a lot of people suffering and there's a lot of hurt, so working in the conflict resolution department, one of the things I've always really valued is seeing people's lives change for the better. I think that's something that's not just an intellectual exercise, but it's an applied question of implementation.
While COVID-19 may have made our worlds feel smaller, including at Menno Simons College (MSC) where all classes are being taught online this year, the MSC community has in fact expanded to welcome three new sessional instructors.
Every year, Menno Simons College (MSC) hosts a gathering of local and international organizations working in areas of social justice in the Riddell Hall of the University of Winnipeg, an event that attracts students, staff, faculty, community members, and alumni.
Rainbow Butterfly warming hut project honours murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQ2S individuals
In the winter of 2018, a group of Conflict Resolution Studies students, including Angela Lavallee (an impacted survivor of gender-based violence) and Sanjam Panag, decided to work on a project that centered on murdered and missing indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit. The project was assigned in a course titled "Nonviolent Social Change," taught by Karen Ridd, Assistant Professor of CRS at Menno Simons College. Their project was set up at the University of Winnipeg as a public event and brought in survivors, family members, Bear Clan Patrol, furthering conversations that would become a springboard for what is now the "Rainbow Butterfly" warming hut project. Four years later, after having hosted events such as the "Reflection on the Red" and through networking with a group of visionaries who go by"Collective of Voices", the warming hut is complete and ready to be unveiled on the Red River trail.
For Jordan Ewart, policy analyst at the Saskatchewan Trucking Agency, the trucking industry in Canada continues to experience a significant shortage in female employees. With 97% of truckers identifying as male and only 3% as female, Ewart—who graduated with a BA in International Development Studies and is completing an additional major in Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College (MSC)—is recognizing more and more the need for female employment in a male-dominated industry.