Campus Engagement Opportunities

This National Conference is designed to leverage the incredible opportunities that students have to change the world. On your campus, in the surrounding community, your home community, and after graduation, the students of the Fair Trade Colleges & Universities movement are, and will continue to act as changemakers. The Fair Trade Campaigns strategic plan holds up Colleges & Universities as the lynch-pin for driving Fair Trade forward and this conference will bolster that mission.

Your presence at the 2018 National Conference will help make the conference a success. Your work advocating for Fair Trade on your campus has contributed to the growth of our movement. You have talked to your peers about Fair Trade and your work has inspired others to take action. You have built and maintained partnerships on campus to embed Fair Trade into your campus community. Your attendance at the conference will increase your professional network of fellow advocates, brands, NGO’s and producers and will provide the tools and knowledge you need to have an even greater impact.

Please read on for some tips and guidance around how to make the case for your campus funding your attendance at the conference and how to enroll your campus as a conference partner.

Making the Case For Your Campus to Fund Your Attendance

In talking with your supervisor, department head and other potential funders on your campus about your attendance at the conference, we recommend you:

  • Explain the value of developing relationships with students, staff and faculty from across the country to exchange ideas and learn from one another.
  • Discuss networking opportunities and exposure to a wide range of brands and NGOs working to expand the impact and visibility of Fair Trade and acting at the forefront of values-driven business.
  • Articulate how you can help your campus meet their sustainability goals and gain recognition as an institutional thought-leader as well as how attending the conference will help you expand your understanding of how Fair Trade advocacy efforts on campus contribute to those solutions.
  • Offer to share what you will learn at the conference with your campus and the surrounding community by hosting a presentation following the conference or writing an article
  • Share the opportunity for your campus to be recognized as a conference partner (details below).


Campus Funding Resource and Sample Attendance Letter

Campus Funding Resource
Reference our campus funding resource for tips and ideas on where to ask for funding.

Sample Ask Letter
Access a sample letter that you can send to your manager, supervisor, department head or other potential sources of funding on your campus to sponsor your attendance at the conference.

Please let us know if additional resources or information would be helpful in making your case to attend the Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference by contacting National Organizer, Kylie Nealis at


Your Campus as a Conference Partner

Any campus that commits to financially supporting three or more students, staff or faculty attendance at the conference will be recognized through:

  • Inclusion on the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference website as an official campus partner
  • Feature in a blog post thanking our campus partners in advance of the conference
  • Feature in a social media post recognizing campus partners’ commitment to providing this opportunity to their students
  • Recognition at the conference via signage and in conference announcements


Five Tips to Plan Your Fair Trade Campaigns Conference Budget

  1. Register for the Conference before February 22 to qualify for a discounted registration rate.
  2. Secure discounted hotel rooms by reserving your room through Fair Trade Campaigns, taking advantage of our group rate and consider sharing a room.
  3. Research travel options, book your flights early and consider alternatives to air travel if possible.
  4. Explore opportunities to fundraise to cover the cost of your attendance and/or travel. For example:
    1. Crowdfunding Platforms (Indiegogo, GoFundMe and KickStarter)
    2. Ask family members or friends to help fund your attendance as holiday or birthday gifts
    3. Host a bake sale or candy sale through your Fair Trade campaign on campus.
  5. Calculate your ask – campuses who cover, at a minimum, three conference registration fees will be recognized as a conference partner, however we encourage you to ask for travel funding as well. Suggestions include:
    1. Asking for the total sum needed for all attendees from your campus, including registration, travel, accommodations and per diem (to cover meals, etc).
      *Note: quad-occupancy is available in each room
    2. Asking for the total sum needed for registration for three people plus another lump sum to be spent as needed for the items listed above (for example, $500 for three registrations and another $500 to offset other expenses).
    3. Asking only for the total sum needed for registration for three people ($500) and then  fundraising to cover the cost of travel.