SustainAbleDePaul is a blog site administered by Dr. Tavanti and his students in the Sustainable Development course of the Graduate School of Public Service at DePaul University in Chicago. It does not reflect the official position of DePaul University. It is a voice of DePaul people committed and engaged to make DePaul University a sustainable learning community shaped by its Catholic, Vincentian and urban mission. This blog site includes students' reflections and observations on our current practices and possibilities at DePaul, our sustainable learning community.

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The experience of co-blogging is an actualization of the collective-writing educational models and "pedagogy of the oppressed" as formulated by Paulo Freire and Don Lorenzo Milani. 

For more information, contact Dr. Marco Tavanti at mtavanti@depaul.edu

Dr. Marco Tavanti has more than 25 years of experience working internationally in the field of sustainable development, poverty reduction and community development. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service. He is a member of the presidential Sustainability Taskforce Committee at DePaul University. He is director of various international programs, including the Sustainable Chiapas Program, teaching this course with a human rights based approach to sustainable development. He is a Research Fellow for the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI), Senior Wicklander Fellow for the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics (IBPE) and Faculty Advisor for the Coleman Center for Entrepreneurship. Since 1998, Dr. Tavanti has been collaborating with various indigenous Mayan community organizations and Mexican NGOs, including International Service for Peace (SIPAZ). Dr. Tavanti is currently working on a book entitled Sustainable Development Leadership. Other publications include Las Abejas: Pacifist Resistance and Syncretism identities in a Globalizing Chiapas (Routledge 2003), an analysis of the collective identity of a Maya indigenous civil society organization in the ongoing struggle for land rights.

See the following related blogs on the sustainable development program among Mayan indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico at SustainableChiapas.blogspot.com and the sustainable cities program for poverty alleviation in Manila, Philippines at Manilaprogram.blogspot.com