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Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo

Saturday, October 7, 2023
John Carroll University, Dolan Science Center

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The Ohio Fair Trade Network (fiscal sponsor IRTF) invites social justice partners to offer support as a co-sponsor of the annual Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo 2023: Climate Justice and Fair Trade.

This in-person event at John Carroll University (with COVID safety protocols) is expected to bring together hundreds of fair trade supporters, advocates, retailers, and vendors from across the state.  The Expo will be an opportunity to continue building energy around the already vibrant Ohio fair trade movement and previous Expos.  In addition to the Global Marketplace of fair trade vendors, we’ll host educational presentations and panels, including a fair trade fashion show for high school students and our Fair Trade Around the World passport program for kids. 


WHAT:     Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo 2023

WHERE:  John Carroll University, Dolan Science Center; University Heights (Cleveland), OH

WHEN:    Saturday, October 7, 2023

TIME:      9am-2pm (attendees are welcome to come and go)


THEME:   Climate Justice and Fair Trade


To be listed as a co-sponsor of this event:

Please contact IRTF, the fiscal sponsor of the Ohio Fair Trade Network, at (216) 961 0003 or



online: Click the button “GET TICKETS” on the EventBrite here and scroll down to co-sponsorship levels.

by check: To avoid online fees, mail a check to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113


A big need for co-sponsors

We have already invested in US-made t-shirts (from union shop Madison Graphics in Lakewood, OH) printed with the Ohio Fair Trade logo and principles of fair trade, plus more money for canvas goodie bags, manufactured by Enviro-tote, a woman owned-business that employs 65 people in New Hampshire. To keep the event free for attendees (free-will donation at the door), please consider supporting this event.


Goals of the Expo & Teach-In:           

-Present high quality educational forums to increase attendees’ understanding of fair trade

-Provide resources and active campaigns for fair trade supporters to join

-Create a larger network of socially conscious consumers committed to Fair Trade

-Offer opportunities for networking amongst vendors, advocates, and supporters from across Ohio


Event Organizers:

IRTF: InterReligious Task Force on Central America

John Carroll University Campus Ministry

on behalf of the Ohio Fair Trade Network



Co-Sponsorship Levels:

$1,0000 - Goodie Bag Co-Sponsor

Includes recognition on website, printed materials, event program book, prominent on slide show, and recognized in the fair trade goodie bag


$500 - Presenting Co-Sponsor

Includes recognition on website, printed materials, event program book, prominent on slide show


$250 - Market Co-Sponsor

Recognition on website, printed materials, event program book, slide show


$100 - General Co-Sponsor

Recognition on website, printed materials, event program book, small logo on slide show


$50 - Supporting Co-Sponsor

Recognition on website and event program book



Thank you in advance!


Ohio Fair Trade Expo 2023 Planning Team


Here is some additional info about the Expo:

Please help us promote the Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Attendees are welcome to come and go anytime between 9 am and 2 pm.

The Ohio Fair Trade Network, together with John Carroll University, is hosting the 2023 Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo: Climate Justice and Fair Trade. Join us for one of the largest regional fair trade events in the country. The Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo is a place for people of all ages, with educational opportunities and panels, activities for children, and the Global Fair Trade Marketplace. Focusing on climate justice, we will be highlighting one of the nine principles of fair trade, environmental sustainability.

Other presenters in the educational forums will highlight the sustainable farming methods of fair trade farmers as a means to build climate change resiliency in their communities. We’ll learn how all of us can play our part in promoting social, economic, and environmental justice. Let’s embrace fair trade as environmentally sustainable global trade.

The Global Fair Trade Marketplace will feature multiple vendors for you to shop for handcrafted jewelry, clothing and home decor items, as well as fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate and more!

Register to get your tickets (free-will donation) at the EventBrite site



Global Fair Trade Marketplace

We are pleased to announce that many fair trade vendors will be with us once again this year. (list in formation):


Kids’ Activities

Kids (ages 6-12) are invited to participate in our Fair Trade Around the World. As kids travel around the auditorium, they will learn about different countries, cultures, languages, climate and habitats—as well as personal stories about the farmers and artisans—from the vendors. Stopping at each station, kids can participate in a 5-10 minute activity and have their  fair trade passport stamped to be entered into the kiddie raffle.


Teen Activities

Teens will show off their fair trade clothing and accessories in our Fair Trade Fashion Show!


Food Vendor

We are hoping to find a local group that will make a homemade affordable lunch for us. Stay tuned for more info.


Complimentary Refreshments

by Equal Exchange, staffed by sales reps from their warehouse in Bedford, OH.  Complimentary chocolate, tea, and coffee.


Goodie Bags

The first 200 attendees will receive a sturdy canvas bag with the Ohio Fair Trade logo, sourced from Enviro-Tote, a woman-owned company based in New Hampshire. And look inside for your fair trade goodies!



Dolan Science Center at John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Blvd, University Heights, OH 44118



Come and go anytime between 9am and 2pm. Presentations are scheduled for 10am, 11am, and 12noon.


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