RADNOR, Pa. (Feb. 27, 2013) – On Friday, March 15, students from 10 area colleges and universities will gather at Cabrini College to advocate for Fair Trade. The day-long Fair Trade gathering will include presentations by students, faculty and staff on how to increase and facilitate fair trade practices on the campuses, and how to create a fair trade consortium among the Philadelphia-area schools, to support these practices.
The Fair Trade gathering is made possible, in part, by a grant for the Fair Trade Fund of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The purpose of CRS’ Fair Trade Fund is to seed innovation and creativity to address the critical challenges in the Fair Trade movement, including growth and expansion.
CRS representatives, food service providers, and local merchants will participate in the gathering, meeting with students and college members on how to collaborate on bringing fair trade practices and items to the schools. For a complete lineup of the day’s events, visit www.cabrini.edu/Academics/The-Wolfington-Center/Fair-Trade-Gathering.
At Cabrini, students have made fair trade activity a priority, advocating for and bringing to campus fair trade items such as coffee, tea, chocolate, crafts, bananas and clothing. Cabrini students also have developed a strong dialogue with the College’s Dining Services partner, Sodexo, resulting in greater access to fair trade menu options.
Cabrini has used the CRS grant to demonstrate how institutions of higher education can cultivate individual and institutional Fair Trade leaders. Cabrini and Saint Joseph’s University will match their grant to foster greater awareness of Fair Trade through immersion trips, academic research and coursework, and a conference among area Catholic colleges and universities.
Colleges and universities participating in the Fair Trade Gathering on March 15 are:
Fair Trade embodies a comprehensive set of criteria, including, at a minimum, the following commitments:
About Cabrini College
Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College provides a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice. Cabrini offers 1,400 full-time undergraduate students more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. Nearly 1,400 students are in graduate studies programs at the main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 12 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.