Chestnut Hill College to Host Fall Fair Trade Event

Release Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Giving event on Wednesday, November 7 from 12-4 p.m. in the Rotunda of St. Joseph Hall on the College campus. Guests are invited to learn more about fair trade and purchase a variety of fair trade products from different organizations.


Several years ago, Nancy Dachille, director of career services, and Dr. Marie Conn, professor of religious studies, formed a small committee of faculty and staff members to hold the College’s first fair trade event. Now, the event is entirely student-run by Unified for UNIFAT, an organization that raises money for UNIFAT, a primary school in northern Uganda.


Fair trade is a system of exchange that helps producers, consumers, communities and the environment. It aims to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability while focusing on exporting goods from underdeveloped countries into developed countries. These exports include handicrafts, gourmet coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa and other goods.


There will be tables set up with goods from numerous fair trade organizations, including Ten Thousand Villages, Unified for UNIFAT, Spoil Yourself Recycled, the Sisters of St. Joseph Earth Center, Guatemalan Goodies and Imani Workshops. Vendors will be selling a variety of fair trade goods, such as clothing, chocolate, coffee, bags, jewelry and cards.


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Marie Conn at 215.248.7044 or e-mail