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Fair Trade Week Features Marketplace at Duquesne University

Amid the flurry of seasonal shopping, Duquesne University offers the campus community and the public an opportunity for fair trade shopping.

During Fair Trade Week-this year, Monday, Nov. 30, through Thursday, Dec. 3-Spiritan Campus Ministry offers activities focused on spreading awareness about fair trade practices and offers ways to support those in developing countries who work to support themselves and their families.

A highlight of the event is the annual marketplace, featuring fair trade and ethically sourced products from all over the world and from Pittsburgh-based vendors. The marketplace will be in the Duquesne Union during the week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The guiding theories of Fair Trade (dialogue, transparency and respect) promote ethical business practices and are targeted at lifting up the most marginalized in our global society," explained Spiritan Campus Minister Kate Lecci. "Fair trade business practices work in solidarity with those on the margins to address root causes of poverty and labor atrocities around the world. These are issues which we are called to address and support as a Catholic Spiritan community."

Backing for the Fair Trade movement has grown and evolved on Duquesne's campus throughout the years, according to Lecci. "Support and awareness has grown among students, staff and faculty, and our Fair Trade week changes based on what is currently going on in the moment," said Lecci. "For a few years, we did a Fair Trade fashion show featuring fair trade clothing from a variety of vendors. In the last few years, the domestic Fair Food movement in Immokalee, Fla., has become more prominent, so we incorporated Fair Food information into our events.

"Fair Trade Week is about creating an awareness about your purchasing habits. It's about taking the time to think about where your food, clothing, knickknacks and more come from and the dignity of people who helped to make that product."

For more information on Fair Trade Week, contact Spiritan Campus Ministry at 412.396.6020 or visit their Facebook page.

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