St. Mary’s University has been designated the first Fair Trade University in Texas by Fair Trade Campaigns. The university community views Fair Trade as one way the campus lives out its Catholic mission. The mission calls for St. Mary’s to educate leaders for the common good, and it is inspired by the Characteristics of Marianist Universities, which call the institutions to educate for service, justice and peace.
“What we buy, eat and drink impacts people and the environment around the world,” said University President Thomas Mengler, J.D. “This is a vital step in living our Catholic and Marianist mission on campus.”
St. Mary’s offers Fair Trade products in its dining services establishments and bookstore. The university also includes Fair Trade in several classes offered on campus. The campus will celebrate its designation later in April with an awareness building event featuring free Fair Trade coffee. To learn more about Fair Trade at St. Mary’s, read the press release on the designation.
Catholic higher education plays a leading role in the Fair Trade movement. Of the 28 declared Fair Trade Universities, 17 are Catholic colleges and ACCU members. To learn more about the innovative ways Fair Trade can be implemented on campus, visit ACCU’s Fair Trade page and download our publication “Fair Trade and Catholic Higher Education”.