Fair Trade Week

The 8th Annual Fair Trade Week was once again a success! Students, faculty and staff all enjoyed shopping at the Fair Trade Marketplace that ran every day of the sale in the Student Union. Vendors with goods from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, Peru, Kenya, Haiti, and many other countries provided a venue for people to start their holiday shopping while supporting the ideals of human dignity and rights of workers that are at the core of Fair Trade. Catholic Relief Services also had a presence at the Marketplace. The Fair Trade Fashion show and Fair Food Reception were also a hit this year as Karen Horst, Director of Volunteers at 10,000 Villages in Squirrel Hill, shared the principles of Fair Trade and how 10,000 Villages has been at the forefront of bringing Fair Trade into the main stream for over 60 years. The week also included a Lunch and Learn that featured Spiritan Campus Ministry’s Kate Lecci as well as Amy Sobkowiak, co-founder and co-owner of Women of the Cloud Forest, a fair trade business based in Pittsburgh. In addition there were also coffee and chocolate tastings throughout the week. The sale, fashion show, and lunch and learn all sparked great conversations and opened eyes to the idea of fair trade which helped round out a wonderful week.