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.

Campaign Progress

Build Your Team

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

Completed July 6th, 2018

Reach Out to Campus Outlets

Work with your food service provider to increase the availability of Fair Trade products on campus.

Completed September 25th, 2018

Enroll Offices and Catering

Work with campus offices and catering to source Fair Trade products.

Completed September 26th, 2018

Commit to Fair Trade Education and Events

Raise awareness of Fair Trade on your campus through events, curriculum, news coverage, and more.

Completed September 21st, 2018

Pass a Fair Trade Resolution

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

Completed September 25th, 2018

Fair Trade Products

McNelis Commons Dining Hall
Spartan Grille


Abstract from IGNITE: Annual Art, Design and Scholarship Exhibition

October 3, 2018 Download


Deirdre Engels