Fair Trade Colleges – Empowering the Conversation

Fair Trade College

Did you know Moraine Park is a Fair Trade College?  Actually we are the first Fair Trade technical college in the U.S.  Way to go MPTC!  In May, 2018 we celebrated 3 years as a Fair Trade college!

October is Fair Trade month!  On October 17 from 11:45-12:45 p.m. at all three MPTC campuses, mark your calendar to learn more about Fair Trade in Peru, India, Ecuador and the Philippines with Steve and Liz from SERRV, have a delicious sample of Fair Trade chocolate and coffee, purchase a beautiful Mayan Hands Friendship bracelet and take a Fair Trade 101 quiz to win a Fair Trade prize!  The FDL Campus event is in A112, BD is in K320 and WB in L137.

What is Fair Trade?

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Fair trade supports farmers and artisans in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers lack economic opportunity and often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods. Fair Trade is about making a tremendous impact on artisan and farmer communities while offering great products to the public all around the world.

Fair Trade certification promises quality products, fair pay for producers, environmentally sustainable practices, safe and empowering working conditions, no child labor, no human trafficking and more.

Fairly traded clothing, coffee, food, furniture, home decor, housewares, jewelry, tea, toys, personal accessories, and many other products are available from Fair Trade Organizations. At all three MPTC campuses, our bookstores carry Divine Chocolate and Good Paper greeting cards and Alta Gracia t-shirts. Our cafeterias offer Door County Fair Trade coffee and Honest Tea!

MPTC collaborates with several other area organizations supporting and educating others about Fair Trade such as UW Fond du Lac Fair Trade University, Fond du Lac Fair Trade TownsJust Fare Market, and UW Oshkosh Fair Trade university .Very soon another neighbor, Marian University will also become a Fair Trade University!

This October, Ripon College is also hosting a Fair Trade event on October 9 from 11:15-12:15 in the Pickard Commons, Marian University is hosting an event on October 9 at 6:30 pm in the Stayer Center, and UW-Fond du Lac is hosting an event on October 11 from Noon – 1 in their LGI Room.

We hope to see you there, learning more about improving lives together! 

For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.

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Written by Anne Lemke
Student Community Impact Coordinator