To increase awareness of Fair Trade practices and promote the sale and use of equally traded products. To advertise and provide educational materials to the Denison community.
All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to be involved with the DU Fair Trade Alliance. DUFTA has regular meetings, in which current and future activities are planned and members discuss topics relevant to Fair Trade. Areas in which members can be involved are described in the About Us section. No two years are alike in DUFTA because each year the members decide what initiatives to pursue to match their own interests. There are opportunities for everyone to be involved in activities ranging from bookkeeping to giving presentations, from organizing events to selling products.
What We Do:
While the below provides examples of activities in which we’ve been engaged in the past, every year’s activities change based on the interests of group members. New ideas are always welcomed, as well as suggestions for improving on past endeavors.
Once a week, DUFTA members set up and run a table on the second floor of Slayter for two or three hours around lunch (the exact day and times depend on members’ schedules). At the table, we sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate, as well as other snack foods and handmade goods such as scarves and purses according to availability. We also have literature available for anyone interested in learning more. This weekly table helps raise the visibility of Fair Trade on Denison’s campus and provides an opportunity to generate questions and discussion, but DUFTA makes no profit on its sales.
Creating a Fair Trade Campus
Members of DUFTA have worked with Jazzman’s (the campus coffee shop), Big Red Bookstore, dining halls, and departments to try to increase the use of Fair Trade and sweat-free products in all of these areas. Although progress has been made, efforts continue in trying to create a 100% Fair Trade campus.
Creating a Fair Trade Community
In past initiatives, hundreds of Denison students have signed post cards encouraging local coffee shops and grocery stores to stock and sell Fair Trade brands of coffee. Living in a small community means that Denison students can have a big impact, so continuing to demonstrate a commitment to buying Fair Trade products off the hill is an important part of our larger mission.
DUFTA invites speakers to Denison’s campus every year. Past speakers have included Chie Abad, a former sweat shop worker; Rick Peyser, a Denison alum who now sits on the board for Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International; and Connie De-Jong and Eric Rosenberg, local business people involved in Fair Trade.
There are several other events throughout the year in which DUFTA participates, although it neither organizes nor sponsors these events. In the past, DUFTA has given away Fair Trade coffee to Relay for Life participants to keep them walking through the night; sold a wider selection of Fair Trade products at a discounted price at the Asian Culture Club Night Market; and given away samples of coffee, tea, and chocolate to demonstrate its high quality at the Earth Day A-Quad Celebration. DUFTA welcomes the opportunity to become involved with more activities both on campus and off and uses these events as opportunities to raise awareness about the social and environmental benefits of Fair Trade.