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St. Thomas Faculty Team Presents on STU-Haiti Coffee Project at Prestigious National Engaged Scholarship Conference 

Miami Gardens, FL – October, 13, 2013 – Eight St. Thomas University faculty and staff traveled to Lubbock Texas October 6-10th, to present with the Center for Justice and Peace/Center for Community Engagement at the 14th Annual Conference of the Engaged Scholarship Consortium.

Known as the premier venue for academic community-based learning and research collaborations, the Engaged Scholarship Consortium conference included hundreds of participants from some of the nation’s leading land-grant and research institutions.  (Visit Engagement Scholarship Consortium for more.)

The STU Team’s presentation was titled, “Smart, Bold, Just and Delicious: A University/Haiti Fair-Trade Coffee Collaboration” and provided an overview of the university’s collaborative fair-trade coffee project in Miami’s sister-diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Dr. Justin Peart (Marketing/Business), Dr. Marcela Moyano (Communications), Dr. Darrell Arnold (Philosophy), and Dr. Judi Bachay (Counseling) joined Center staff in highlighting how the collaboration is both enhancing the university’s teaching and research, as well contributing to long-term development in Haiti.

Dr. Scott Zeman, Dean of Biscayne College, also attended the conference, and was very impressed. Said Dean Zeman, “This was an excellent conference, highlighting best-practices in the field of Community-engaged research and teaching. The STU team’s presentation illustrated the incredible work they’ve done in Haiti, while it also indicated areas for future growth. Making a difference is a core to what it means to be as a Catholic University… and Engaged Scholarship is the perfect mechanism for enhancing the university’s teaching and research while addressing real community needs. It’s an exciting time to be part of this work.”   

STU was one of the few smaller/regional universities represented at the conference, and one of the only Catholic universities invited. Congratulations go to the STU faculty and students who have made possible this powerful endeavor of learning while creating social change.  

For more information on the university’s collaborative projects in Haiti, visit www.stu.edu/haiti, or contact Anthony Vinciguerra at the Center for Justice and Peace/Center for Community Engagement: avinciguerra@stu.edu; 305-628-6717.