Case Study: Forming Strategic PartnershipsBy Dr. Thomas Kelly, Professor Creighton University & Parker Townley
Make use of campus institutions
Partnerships can help guide and provide structure for students looking to organize around Fair Trade.
Here are three examples of institutions that have helped organize and house student movements in the past:
- Notre Dame University: The Center for Social Concerns
- Creighton University: The Center for Service and Justice
- Social entrepreneurship programs
Talk with the faculty and staff on your campus to identify which institutions are most
likely to have similar goals and have the resources to support your efforts.
Reach out to academic departments
Many academic departments have a stated commitment to aid students in efforts with similar goals. Some of the academic departments to consider approaching include:
- Justice and Peace Studies
- Environmental Studies – International Business
- Women’s Studies
- International Relations
Remember that these relationships rely on you taking the
initiative to approach these groups. Reach out, speak with
faculty and seek out a stable home for your movement!