International experience inspires Fair Trade event

April 12, 2011

In March 2011, students from two classes were offered an alternative spring break experience in Costa Rica. A reflective research project following their experience abroad also was required to complete the class. Three of the students who took part were inspired by what they learned about fair trade practices in Costa Rica and have organized a Fair Trade Awareness event from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on April 18, in room 135 at the campus in Center Valley.

"While we were in Costa Rica studying various subjects at the La Selva Biological Station, we visited a small coffee farm that was Fair Trade certified. Many people are unaware of the business practices that take place for a cup of coffee or a bunch of bananas. Because of what we witnessed, we have chosen to study and spread the word about the Fair Trade Movement," said students Nick Accordino, Vinod Jeyaretenam and Patrick Hullihen in a letter to the campus about the event.

The event will highlight Fair Trade products and feature informative videos, refreshments and pictures from the trip. The students have encouraged faculty and students from various academic disciplines to learn more.

"This event can help many different classes in that it touches upon various subjects: international relations, economics, ethics, social diversity, environmental science, biology, history and supply chain," said the students.

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email

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Last Updated April 13, 2011