We are dedicated change makers supporting the circular economy of clothing and textile practices.
Our mission encompasses the environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of our industry.
By collaborating and assisting educators across the globe, we engage students at the course level, through internships and on the job training.
We invite fellow educators and industry practitioners to share their ideas, concepts and practices, while engaging with us in shaping the sustainability practices of our clothing and textile industries.
Anupama Pasricha, Ph. D
Associate Professor & Department Chair and Executive Director, ESRAP
Fashion Design & Merchandising, St. Catherine University,
As the Executive Director of ESRAP, Anupama Pasricha, B. Sc., M.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D, believes in education's power to bring change in the fashion industry. Dr. Pasricha has developed expertise in building sustainability curriculum and strategies through her teaching leadership, scholarly work, and service. She is a speaker, mentor, and collaborator. Her current teaching and research focus on circularity, equity, and justice.
Amrut Sadachar, Ph. D
Department of Consumer and Design Sciences at Auburn University
Amrut Sadachar’s research focuses on retailing, consumer behavior, apparel sustainability, and ethical consumption. His research agenda strives to: 1) create better shopping experiences for consumers which can improve their well-being; 2) develop strategies retailers can use to achieve sustainable and long- term success in the marketplace; and 3) investigate issues related to the environmental impact of the apparel retail industry.
Assistant Professor, Fashion Merchandising and Sustainability
Co-Chair, Sustainability Task Force
Teaching fashion sustainability at LIM College, Andrea is the founder of Fashiondex.com. She has 25+ years experience in design, merchandising, and sustainability for high-profile fashion brands. She holds a B.A. in Fashion Design from Parsons, a Masters in Education for Sustainability from Manhattanville, and is a Zankel Fellow for Climate Change Education at Columbia University's Teachers College.
Angie Liljequist, Ph. D
Fashion Merchandising Department Chair, and my institution is Fontbonne
Angie Liljequist teaches a variety of courses in Fashion Merchandising and Business with particular interest in those that consider the implications of business on social welfare. She enjoys working with students to explore ways our industry both compromises sustainable development as well as how it can be a key change agent. Critical to her teaching methodology is providing real-world experiences by collaborating with industry professionals.
Connie Ulasewicz, Ph. D
Founder of CBU Productions
Emeritus Faculty – San Francisco State University
Beginning her career within the garment industry's production and sales arena, Connie engaged in the global yet linear approach of design, production, marketing, and sales. As an educator in Apparel Design & Merchandising for 23 years, her teachings, writing, and speaking continue to advocate for understanding our clothing's real value and the necessity for a circular clothing economy
Erin Irick, Ph. D
Associate Professor of Design, Merchandising and Textiles
University of Wyoming; Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Erin’s research and creative scholarship focus on apparel design using repurposed and recycled materials. This includes the sourcing of materials, textile design, product development and the consumer response to the final product. She believes research and creative scholarship should be applicable to the real world with the intent of bettering the lives of the citizens and the planet itself.
Jacqueline Parr, Ph. D
St. Catherine University
Jacqueline Parr is an assistant professor of fashion merchandising at St. Catherine University. In addition, she is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota in Apparel Studies with an emphasis in retail merchandising and consumer behavior. Her current research interest includes ethical consumer behaviors and local retailing.
Washington University in St. Louis
Jennifer Ingram’s research interests include environmentally responsible practices in small apparel firms and innovative practices in apparel design. She was awarded the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty Teaching Development Grants, and presented at national and international conferences. Ingram’s professional experience is in the areas of apparel design, textile design, technical design, management and consulting.
Associate Professor and Adviser to the Provost
Michael Londrigan is an industry veteran with 30 years’ industry experience. Michael started his industry career with J.C. Penney in their menswear department before moving to the wholesale side specializing in product development, sales, marketing and merchandising. Michael has also held positions as Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Rachel Eike, Ph. D
Iowa State University
Dr. Rachel Eike is an assistant professor in the AESHM department at Iowa State University. As a Human Scientist, she studies human factors regarding creative and functional apparel, while considering environmental and social impact. Dr. Eike conducts design-based research to help improve people’s lives.
Tara J. Konya, Ph. D
Associate Dean of Academic Operations
Southern New Hampshire University
Tara J. Konya, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Academic Operations at Southern New Hampshire University and co-chair for ESRAP’s annual Student Competition. At SNHU, she oversees planning, coordination, management, and evaluation of instructional and operational components of campus based business programs. Her research focuses on ESG reporting. Specifically, she investigates employee engagement, community involvement, and social impact of retailers.
Virginia M Noon, Sc. D
Associate Professor, Department of Fashion Design and Retailing
Framingham State University
A technical designer and quality assurance specialist, Virginia has been employed in the textile and apparel industry for more than 25 years. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout South East Asia, working side by side with workers, monitoring garment production on the factory floor. Virginia’s research and teaching is in the area of global trade, product development, merchandising, textiles and cultural dress.
Young-A Lee, Ph. D
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Officer
Consumer and Design Sciences, Auburn University
Dr. Young-A Lee’s scholarship is in the areas of digital, sustainable, and functional product design, development, and evaluation using innovative design technologies for the better of people and the planet. She has been the recipient of various sustainability projects funded by EPA and Cotton, Inc. She also teaches a graduate level course called “sustainability theory and application.”
Andrea Olson, Ph.D.
Outdoor Product Design and Development at Utah State University - ASTE
Janet Hethor, Ph. D
Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Marsha Dickson, Ph. D
President and Co-Founder of Better Buying
Adjunct Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University
Srikant Manchiraju, Ph. D
Assistant Professor at Florida State University's Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
Tasha Lewis, Ph. D
Associate Professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design