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Friday, March 16 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
The Connect Project

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Conducted in March 2015, the Connect Project provided a collaborative educational experience focused on the challenges of environmental impacts, over-consumption and ethics in the global apparel industry. Motivated by internationalization, four leading institutions – located at Buffalo State College (USA), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology China (CH) and RMIT University Australia (AUS) – collaborated on a transnational project. The project brought together instructor/student teams, one from each institution, to travel around the world in eighteen days to learn and disseminate information about sustainability in the apparel industry.

In order to involve students at each home institution, a website was built around the project. Prior to traveling, each instructor/student team uploaded videos and articles pertaining to sustainability in their city/country. While the team was active in each country, the team explored local small and medium-sized companies which practiced sustainability in some manner and presented at events conducted at each home institution. While the team was in the air, the preloaded videos and articles would automatically go live in order to keep the audience engaged and informed.

Social media was also employed as a means to reach out to students at each institutions home base. They were encouraged to ask questions and read the daily blogs. Traveling students were required to blog via the website about what they were learning. The student audience was encouraged to participate through adding their knowledge of sustainability to the content of the blog, ask questions and participate through classroom/campus activities.

The response from the students at each institutions was constant. Over 500 students logged in at least once to follow the group and read the articles. The social media feeds brought in almost 600 followers including leading members of the international fashion industry who added in their thoughts to the issue of sustainability.

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Lynn Boorady

Senior Lecturer, Buffalo State College
An expert in sizing and fit of personal protective equipment, three years ago Dr. Boorady started researching sustainability in the fashion industry. She is also an award winning teacher who is passionate about bringing projects to her students that engage and encourage interacti... Read More →

Friday March 16, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center