Academic Year in Review: 2017-18
At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, we’re celebrating incredible growth in our work – driven by the Fair Trade campus advocates who are redefining grassroots advocacy.
Our Fair Trade family tree is flourishing!
At the end of the 2016-17 academic year, Fair Trade Campaigns recognized 44 declared Fair Trade Colleges & Universities and 30 declared Fair Trade Schools. Today, at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, there are:
- 52 Declared Colleges & Universities
- 35 Declared Schools
- 115 Active College & University campaigns
- 41 Active School campaigns
By the Numbers
1,220: Number of Fair Trade College, University and School organizers advocating for Fair Trade on their campuses
58: Percent of Fair Trade Colleges & Universities that participated in Fair Trade Finals this Spring
76: Percent of Fair Trade Schools that partnered with other groups and initiatives on their campuses
37: Number of academic courses at Fair Trade Colleges, Universities and Schools that incorporated Fair Trade in the past year
83: Percent of Fair Trade Schools that hosted at least 2-3 events over the past year
35: Number of new Fair Trade College & University campaigns started
12: Number of new Fair Trade School campaigns started
Eight college and university campuses earned Fair Trade status during the 2017-18 Academic Year:
- University of North Carolina, Asheville – Asheville, NC
- Texas A&M University – College Station, TX
- University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac – Fond Du Lac, WI
- Lynn University – Boca Raton, FL
- University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA
- Arizona State University – Tempe, AZ
- University of California, Irvine – Irvine, CA
- Quinnipiac University – Hamden, CT
Along with five K-12 schools:
- Laurel School – Shaker Heights, OH
- James River High School – Midlothian, VA
- Lake Catholic High School – Mentor, OH
- Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas – Dallas, TX
- San Domenico School – San Anselmo, CA
Shoutouts to the colleges, universities, and schools that made Fair Trade Campaigns history this year!
- Arizona State University became the 50th and largest Fair Trade University in the nation
- Quinnipiac University became the FIRST Fair Trade University in Connecticut
- UC Irvine became the 4th University of California campus to achieve Fair Trade status (following UC San Diego, UCLA and UC Berkeley)
- James River High School became the FIRST Fair Trade School in Virginia
- UW Fond du Lac became the 3rd University of Wisconsin campus to achieve Fair Trade status
- Springton Lake Middle School students sent a record 400 valentines to Fair Trade farmers and artisans
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We’re not the only ones noticing all the hard work our campaigners are putting in!
- UNR’s First “Fair Trade Fair” Targets Worker Abuses
- RU Green Throws Halloween Bash for Students
- Roots of Giving Fair Trade Fair at Point Loma Nazarene University
- Fighting for Fair Trade
2018 National Conference
38 campuses from across the country were represented at our National Conference in March – and 17 campuses supported student attendance as Campus Partners. Campaigners attended focused workshops, forums, and lecture sessions while networking and bonding over a shared commitment to Fair Trade. Catch up on highlights from the 2018 National Conference and videos from all the main stage sessions.
“Attending the conference was the opportunity of a lifetime! Not only did it introduce me to a concept that I was completely unaware of before, I also met a ton of intelligent and driven individuals who inspired me to start my own campaign here at the University of California, Santa Cruz! The conference truly changed my life and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Fair Trade in a fun and engaging way.”
– Saajia, University of California Santa Cruz
“It was amazing to hear from so many people who are working towards creating a more ethical world and be able to have chances to talk to people from my area who could think of ways to improve on the initiatives I had started. It provided an important reminder about the necessity of collaboration in Fair Trade work.”
– Elaine, Point Loma Nazarene University
“There is nothing more energizing than working with a group of such passionate people on a cause that is good for both people and the environment.”
– Sierra, Arizona State University
2017-18 was a great year for Fair Trade Colleges & Universities and Fair Trade Schools. We look forward to continued progress and more Fair Trade Campaigns history-making during the next school year!
Want to join us? Find out what it takes to designate your campus: fairtradecampaigns.org/organize.