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Fair Trade Week Builds Awareness Through Shopping, Fashion and Food

A fair trade marketplace and fashion show will come again to the Duquesne University campus during Spiritan Campus Ministry's annual Fair Trade Week, scheduled from Monday, Nov. 26, through Thursday, Nov. 29.

Fair trade, according to Campus Minister Kate Lecci, is about being in a relationship with the people who produce the goods that consumers wear and the food that they eat.

"Its principles ensure that the people producing those goods are paid a just wage and work in fair conditions," Lecci said.

People are welcome to support and learn about fair trade initiatives by purchasing marketplace items or by attending one of the events.

The following activities are free and open to the public:

  • Fair Trade Marketplace, Monday, Nov. 26, to Thursday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Duquesne Union, second floor. Vendors from around the region will feature fair trade jewelry, scarves, handbags, clothing and other handicraft items.
  • Fair Trade Fashion Show, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., Power Center Ballroom Karen Horst, volunteer coordinator and outreach manager at Ten Thousand Villages will discuss fair trade in the handicraft and clothing industries. The first 50 attendees receive a free swag bag and a fair food reception will follow.

The fair trade story is being brought directly to students through a series of coffee and chocolate tastings in the campus residence halls and the commuter lounge.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.