NC to highlight Fair Trade during International Development Week

Niagara College will mark International Development Week February 4 – 8 with events at both campuses designed to raise awareness of international issues and learning opportunities.

The theme for NC’s International Development Week activities is Fair Trade – recognizing the global movement which puts social and environmental standards in place to protect producers and the environment. Events will run all week and include coffee tastings information sessions, presentations and marketplaces.

“Fair Trade is a model aimed at creating transformative change, and it’s a key element in some of the important projects we’ve undertaken in places like the Dominican Republic,” said Sean Coote, Niagara College’s director of International.

Niagara College is working with ASOCAES, a fair trade coffee cooperative in the Dominican Republic, finding ways to increase fair trade coffee to Canada, and develop agricultural and fair-trade tourism within the community of Los Cacaos.

Students and graduates are involved in similar educational partnerships in China, Korea, Ecuador and Germany as part of International Field Studies, learning opportunities that take students abroad. The International Field Studies give students a chance to interact with other students and communities around the world – reminding them of the similarities and interconnectedness of our global environment.

International Development Week is held the first week of February of every year. For Niagara College, it’s an opportunity to promote and celebrate its commitment to international co-operation and community building.

Recognizing the strong positive impact international development has on students, as well as the need to bring an “intercultural” focus to each student’s education, the College offers a “Be World Ready” passport program. The program encourages students to strive for intercultural competencies both in the classroom and in the community.

A cornerstone of Be World Ready is a passport that serves as a guide to intercultural and interconnected learning at the college. Students receive recognition for achieving a set-level of participation.

International Development Week Activities (Feb. 4- 8th) – Friday, January 25, 2013

Monday, February 4

Canadian Food & Wine Institute & Niagara International Presents: La Esperanza Coffee Cupping Event
Location: Benchmark Restaurant, NOTL
Time: 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
• Special guest: Bill Tsoukalas, Director of Café Vittoria, and Barclay Holbrook, from Barclay and Todd’s Coffee Co.
• Sensory Analysis Coffee Cupping with Dominican Republic grown “La Esperanza” coffee
• Limited space available. Contact kpennie@niagaracollege.ca to RSVP

Guest Speaker Mark Ewert, President of Ewert Group Private Wealth Management
Location: WC S132, Welland Campus
Time: 12:30 -1:30
• Mark is a successful businessman from the Niagara area who uses his success to enhance the lives of others. He has organized and participated in teams to build schools in remote, poverty- stricken parts of Central and South America as well as Africa.

Working for Fair Trade in the Dominican Republic
Location: Benchmark Restaurant, NOTL
Time: 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
• Presentation by NC graduate, Amy Cain, on the development of the relationship between Niagara College and ASOCAES (FairTrade Coffee Cooperative in Los Cacaos, Dominican Republic).

Niagara College Fair Trade “pop-up” Cafe
Location: Bench- To-Go, NOTL
Time: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
• The Niagara Café will serve 3 different Fair Trade coffees from around the world
• The Café will be open to the public to sit down and have a cup of Fair Trade coffee, learn about the nature of Fair Trade coffee, and learn about the different Fair Trade coffee growing locations

International Opportunities Information Session
Location: Benchmark Restaurant, NOTL
Time: 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
• Information session for students who are interested in Working or Studying abroad

International Development Open Lectures
Location E307, NOTL
Time: 3:30-4:20
• Topic: Global Development Series: Why and how nations develop?
• Dr. Dawit Eshetu, coordinator of NC’s International Commerce and Global Development degree program has his Masters Degree in Development Studies, Small Enterprise Promotion, and has his PhD in International Business and Development

Wednesday, February 6

10,000 Village Fair Trade kiosks
Location: 2nd floor hallway across from the Library, NOTL
Time: 9:30-2:30
• Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe.

Fair Trade Coffee Hub: Grab a Fair Trade Coffee
Location: Cafeteria Foyer, Welland Campus
Time: 10:30 am- 2:30 pm
• Free Fair Trade coffee samples of La Esperanza & Barclay and Todd’s Fair Trade coffee
• Info about Fair Trade, what makes a product Fair Trade, & the difference between Conventional Trade, Fair Trade and Direct Trade.
• Pick up a postcard to learn more about International Field Studies Opportunities

Thursday, February 7

Fair Trade Coffee Hub: Grab a Fair Trade Coffee
Location: E209, NOTL
Time: 9:00 am- 10:30 am
• Free Fair Trade coffee samples of La Esperanza & Barclay and Todd’s Fair Trade coffee
• Info about Fair Trade, what makes a product Fair Trade & the difference between Conventional Trade, Fair Trade and Direct Trade.
• Pick up a postcard to learn more about International Field Studies Opportunities

International Development Open Lectures
Location: E308, NOTL
Time: 1:30-2:20
• Topic: Global Development Series: Why NGOs matter?
• Dr. Dawit Eshetu, coordinator of NC’s International Commerce and Global Development degree program has his Masters Degree in Development Studies, Small Enterprise Promotion, and has his PhD in International Business and Development

Friday, February 8

10,000 Village Fair Trade Kiosks
Location: Cafeteria Foyer, Welland Campus
Time: 10:30 am-2:30 pm
• Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America, selling artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe.

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