St. Thomas Aquinas College New Hope Movement

Our fair trade story began with a single word: hope. Specifically, a new hope. Inspired by Fordham University’s Spes Nova Initiative, the professors at St. Thomas Aquinas College recruited students interested in making an impact and improving their global community through the practice of Fair Trade. Our students and professors started The New Hope Movement to educate about and promote fair trade by selling fair trade products and starting fair trade events at STAC. Our mission is to give talented artisans and craftspeople from economically disadvantaged areas a foothold to a global audience. We want to give STAC students a collaborative academic experience by building a startup business which implements fair trade principles.

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The Fair Trade committee provides leadership and direction for your campaign.

Completed July 6th, 2018

Reach out to Campus Outlets

Work with vendors and food service providers to offer at least two Fair Trade products (e.g. coffee, tea, sugar, gifts) in each outlet on campus.

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Source Fair Trade at Events & Meetings

Serve up Fair Trade coffee, tea and other products in offices, at events and through catering.

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Commit to Fair Trade Education

Sponsor Fair Trade educational events and activities on campus and work with faculty to bring Fair Trade into the classroom.

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Pass Fair Trade Resolution

Draw up a resolution that reflects the college/university’s commitment to Fair Trade and pass it through the appropriate decision-making bodies for approval.

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Deirdre Engels