Carroll College Becomes First Fair Trade College in Montana

As more Catholic colleges and universities join the ranks of Fair Trade Colleges, Carroll College in Montana has recently achieved a significant milestone: it is now the first in its state to be awarded the certification.

For the past three years, Carroll College has been striving to achieve fair trade certification. The committee responsible for the achievement led the college in the five Fair Trade Campaigns steps: Build Your Team, Reach out to Campus Outlets, Source Fair Trade at Events and Meetings, Commit to Fair Trade Education, and Pass a Fair Trade Resolution.

Carroll College advances fair trade principles in several ways, including sponsoring “Fair Trade Fridays,” bringing local fair trade vendors to campus, and selling fair trade chocolate for holidays. In addition, the College now sells fair trade coffee, tea, artisan goods, ice cream, and chocolate on campus.  Many Carroll professors are committed to educating students about fair trade in the classroom, especially in relation to global poverty and care for creation.  The director of the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice at Carroll College, Dr. Chris Fuller, noted that the certification is “a manifestation of Carroll College’s mission to serve the poor and marginalized as well as its work with Catholic Relief Services”.

Learn more about Fair Trade at Carroll College and how to become a Fair Trade College!

Make Your Finals Fair Trade!

Looking to squeeze in one more Fair Trade event this semester? Why not make it a Fair Trade Study Break and get your materials for free? Tell Fair Trade USA about your event plans and receive a free event kit!

How to get hooked up:

  1. Provide a short explanation of your plans and your mailing address at the bottom of this blog in the comment box.
  2. Register your event on the Fair Trade Campaigns website.

What you’ll get:

  • Fair Trade Coffee
  • Fair Trade Chocolate from Alter Eco
  • Fair Trade Tea from Numi Organic Tea
  • Informational 1-pagers on coffee, tea and chocolate from Fair Trade Campaigns

Happy Fair Trading and best of luck during finals!


View CCHD & ACCU Partnership Success!

Xavier University, a member college at ACCU, has been working with the CCHD-funded project Community Blend. See the video below to get a glimpse into the coffeeshop and the lives of the workers there, or follow this link to see how it all started!

Does your university partner with a CCHD-funded organization? Let ACCU know the great work you are doing!

University of St. Thomas begins contracts with fair trade coffee vendors

After long deliberations, University of St. Thomas has begun contracts with two fair trade coffee vendors, switching from a non-fair trade vendor. The new vendors are also local businesses.

This two-vendor situation is an innovative approach implemented to ensure that both providers together will be able to meet the large demand for coffee on campus. Students for Justice and Peace are very happy that their efforts advocating for more just options have finally paid off. Read the full story here.

How does your campus connect with fair trade?  We would love to hear your story!

Stay tuned for a new fair trade publication from ACCU in February!