Clothing the Naked: A Speaker Panel on Ethics & Fashion

How can we shift the consumer-focused, fast fashion garment industry towards more humane and ethical practices? Or through the lens of the Catholic corporal works of mercy, how can we "clothe the naked" without exploiting the vulnerable? This speaker panel, part of DePaul's larger Fashion Revolution event*, features three individuals who are doing just that through their inspiring work in Nepal, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala:

  • Nasreen Sheikh—Former child laborer in Nepal, Nasreen escaped at age 12 and is now an anti-sweatshop activist, as well as founder/ executive director of Local Women’s Handicrafts, a fair trade & handicraft collective in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Donnie Hodge—CEO & president of Alta Gracia, a collegiate apparel company in the Dominican Republic, Donnie provides local workers a way out of poverty through good working conditions and a living wage.
  • Fr. Andrew O'Connor—Priest/pastor & artist/designer, Fr. Andrew founded Social FabricTM, a sustainable company that works directly with Mayan cotton producers & weavers in Guatemala to produce the clothing line, Goods of Conscience.

This speaker panel is the fifth event in the "Corporal Works of Mercy" series presented by the Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT). In the Catholic tradition, "clothing the naked" is one of the 7 corporal works of mercy found in the teachings of Jesus which respond to the basic physical needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.

*Fashion Revolution at DePaul
In addition to this speaker panel, the larger Fashion Revolution event will also feature a

  • Fashion Revolution Fair (fair trade apparel vendors, a clothing swap, Fix It Friday, and more)
  • Fashion Show (sustainable designs & accessories modeled by DePaul students).

The event is organized by DePaul's Office of Mission & Ministry in collaboration with Chicago Fair Trade and the following DePaul organizations: CWCIT, Fair Trade Committee, Alta Gracia Campaign, CWCIT, Net Impact, and United Students Against Sweatshops.

Fashion Revolution Week occurs every April all over the world to commemorate the 2013 Rana factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed over 1,000 people due to gross negligence of safe working conditions.

For more info on DePaul's Fashion Revolution event, click here.


About the Photo
From the Goods of Conscience website, showing the Algodones Maya people of Guatemala


About the Corporal Works of Mercy
The 7 corporal works of mercy give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise:

~ Feed the hungry.
~ Give drink to the thirsty.
~ Welcome the stranger (shelter the homeless).
~ Clothe the naked.
~ Visit the sick & imprisoned (ransom the captive).
~ Bury the dead.
~ Give alms to the poor.

Learn more about the 7 corporal works of mercy and the corresponding 7 spiritual works of mercy at


Parking at DePaul
Street parking (both free & metered) is sometimes available on campus, but there are also 2 parking garages available for visitors**:

~ Sheffield Parking Garage (2331 N. Sheffield Ave.)
~ Clifton Parking Deck (2330 N. Clifton Ave.)

**For a discounted rate, please ask for validation at the event's information table. Discounted rates are as follows:

Entrance before 4:00pm = $9.25
Entrance after 4:00pm = $7.25


Please contact CWCIT at or 773.325.4158.

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), 120AB
2250 N Sheffield Ave

Event Type

International/Cultural Activities, Speaker/Presenters, Religious, Spiritual


Centers and Institutes, Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT)


Free of charge

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