Siena Students for Fair Trade seeks to uphold the mission statement of Siena, pursuing “faith in a personal and provident God, reverence for all creation, affirmation of the unique worth of each person, delight in diversity, appreciation for beauty, service with the poor and marginalized, a community where members work together in friendship and respect and commitment to building a world that is more just, peaceable and humane.”
On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the Siena College community gathered together in Serra Hall to celebrate the institution’s achievement of Fair Trade college status. Siena College is the third college in the United States and first Catholic college in the country to be awarded this status and recognition. Through the student-led initiative first begun by Mike Ellement ‘10 and Ben Thomas ‘12, Siena has shown itself to be an institution which is truly dedicated to the Franciscan mission.
To accomplish the goals of the club, SSFT members engage in a number of campus activities and meetings that better inform members and the community of the ways we can take part in Fair Trade. Some of our events include:
These events allow students to become more engaged in the movement of Fair Trade.