Dr. Tavanti in front of the United Nations flag at the UN Headquarters in New York. The flag was recovered from the bombing of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq where Sergio Viera de Mello, one of the most inspiring international public service leaders, was killed in 2003. In the other photo is Dr. Tavanti and international sustainable development students visiting Kinal Antzetik an indigenous women organization in Chiapas, Mexico (2007).
Internationalization is a process visible in academia and reflecting the attempt to cope with globalization while preserving national identities. Dr. Marco Tavanti has been involved in this process at DePaul University and other academic institutions. As global citizen at heart and dual national (USA and Italy, EU), Dr. Tavanti embraces both the idea of "international-by-design" and "international-by-practice." Over the past 25 years, Dr. Marco Tavanti, worked, volunteered and collaborated with a number of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and worldwide academic institutions engaged in poverty reduction, sustainable development, capacity building and human rights. Here is a partial list of international organizations and programs developed, founded or assisted by Dr. Tavanti. Numerous mentors, colleagues and collaborators have been instrumental in inspiring and forming Dr. Tavanti's international activities, philosophy of engagement and commitments to international development. The following list of international organizations, international programs and initiatives include academic-based international public service works around the world.
International Public Service (IPS)
The Master of Science in International Public Service (MS-IPS) is a graduate program at DePaul University's School of Public Service. It offers the essential education for a long term career in international development. Dr. Marco Tavanti was instrumental to design this degree that he currently chair. The IPS degree program offers students the essential management skills and leadership competencies to effectively engage in global, international and intercultural contexts. Many of our students are returning Peace Corps volunteers or committed 'global citizens' committed to make a difference in the world through human rights advocacy, poverty reduction, sustainable development, international cooperation and NGO management. Through practical learning, service to international organizations, teaching by expert scholars and mentoring by seasoned practitioners the admitted students benefit from a rich and diverse environment in the global city of Chicago. The program gives a balanced education on international theories and practices for non-government or intergovernmental careers dedicated to international sustainable development.
Read more at: https://las.depaul.edu/academics/school-of-public-service/graduate/international-public-service-ms/Pages/default.aspx
World Engagement Institute (WEI)
Dr. Marco Tavanti is President (Board Chairman) and co-founder of the World Engagement Institute (WEI or WEInstitute). The WEInstitute is a multi-disciplinary and academically-based non-governmental organization (NGO) providing international sustainable capacity trainings worldwide. Registered as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Illinois, United States, the WEInstitute provides a unique sustainable model for capacity building centering around academic institutions for increasing community, organizational and institutional capacity. Through a large network of senior , mid-level and junior professionals engaged in international development, the WEInstitute associates offer a variety of collaborative assistance for improving human rights, sustainable development and organizational capacity among selected nations in transition. In short, the mission of the World Engagement Institute (WEInstitute) is to connect professionals with universities and international organizations for the development of globally responsible leaders and sustainable communities worldwide.
Read more at http://www.weinstitute.org/
Sustainable Capacity International Institute (SCII-ONLUS)
The Sustainable Capacity International Institute (SCII or SCIInstitute) is a European based international non-governmental organization registered in Italy as a nonprofit organization for social benefit (ONLUS). Through a large pool of professionals from academic institutions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, SCII provides competent assistance for building sustainable capacity in institutions, organizations and leaders engaged in nation building and social human development.The mission of the Sustainable Capacity International Institute (SCII) is to cooperate for the development of institutional and professional capacity in the fields of human rights and sustainable development benefiting nations in economic and political transition. Dr. Marco Tavanti and other international development professionals founded the SCIInstitute in 2011 to have a European based organization collaborating with the World Engagement Institute and other international partners in providing competent capacity development services to transitional and post conflict societies.
Read more at http://www.sciinstitute.org/
Sustainable International Development (SID)
The Sustainable International Development (SID) site offers expert resources and organizational contacts on worldwide issues and possible solutions promoting sustainability and inclusive international development. It features expert interviews to Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis and other leaders in the field of international sustainable development. Issues are explained, linked to resources, solutions and organizations. The site offers useful links for career opportunities in international development and green jobs.
Read more at http://sustainableid.blogspot.com
Indigenous Rights & Sustainable Development
Chiapas | Mexico
The Sustainable Chiapas Program focusses on the promotion and study of international sustainable development and indigenous human-rights. Since 1998, Dr. Tavanti's has been working in collaboration with various indigenous civil society, government agencies and academic institutions in Chiapas and Mexico. He continues his collaborative initiatives promoting indigenous rights, labor rights, cultural rights and sustainable development with fair trade coffee cooperative and other international organizations like Jubilee Economic Ministries . This site includes description of the programs and some former students reflections who traveled Dr. Tavanti in the highlands of Chiapas.
Read more at http://sustainablechiapas.blogspot.com/
Intercultural Refugee Service Management
Jordan | Middle East
The Program was developed by Dr. Tavanti in collaboration with Dr. Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, Director of the Arabic Studies at DePaul University. The mission of the program was to provide Public Service students with real world insights on humanitarian relief and refugee services. In collaboration with Jordanian Alliance Against Hunger, the program involved numerous governmental and international organizations including the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI). Many of the partnerships and relations emerged in this program have been maintained by the World Engagement Institute.
Read more at http://refugeeservice.blogspot.com/
Sustainable Community Development
Manila | Philippines
Dr. Tavanti has been collaborating with Adamson University in Manila, Philippines since 2005. The Manila collaborative initiatives focus on training young professionals in participatory research techniques for alleviating urban poverty and promoting urban sustainability. The program is a collaboration between DePaul University's International Public Service Program and Adamson University's Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility (VCSR) in Metro Manila, Philippines.
Read more at http://manilaprogram.blogspot.com/
Big Plans Less Poverty
On the 2009 Centennial Celebration of the Plan of Chicago and the Plan of Manila by Architect Daniel H. Burnham, Dr. Tavanti promoted various conferences and initiatives on urban poverty alleviation and urban planning for poverty reduction. In collaboration with the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, Dr. Tavanti and Liz Wilp promoted academic conversations comparing the values of Daniel Burnham and St. Vincent de Paul in the context of urban poverty reduction. The 'Big Plans Less Poverty' website includes additional resources and the projects elaborated by architecture students for urban renewal and urban planning for poverty alleviation. Dr. Tavanti and Liz Wilp created and promoted the competition in collaboration with the Arch. Jean Cornejo, Dean of the College of Architecture at Adamson University.
Read more at http://burnhammeetsvincentdepaul.blogspot.com/
International Scholars Honor Society
Dr. Tavanti serves as an associate editor of the International Research and Review: Journal of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. Dr. Tavanti is the former President of the The Beta Delta - Delta Theta, International scholars honor society network at DePaul University. This honor society provides a platform for exchanges of internationally-based research, teaching and service opportunities. All alumni, faculty, staff and students selected as members in the PBD-DO society can be part of the Linked-In based network and actively participate in the discussions. Read more about the network at http://www.linkedin.com/internationalscholarsgroup. Read more about the chapter at DePaul at http://international.depaul.edu/AboutUs/PhiBetaDelta/ Read more about the Phi Beta Delta, the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education at http://www.phibetadelta.org/
International Public Service Network
The LinkedIN professional group offers career opportunities and discussions related to the field of international public service, international development, sustainability, humanitarian relief, intercultural negotiation and foreign services. The moderators of the group are alumni from the International Public Service Graduate Program at DePaul University Chicago. Dr. Tavanti uses this network to upload international career opportunities and related news. Alumni and students in the international public service program are welcome to become member of this group and contribute to the network. You need to be an approved member to access these resources. Request to be a member at http://www.linkedin.com/internationalpublicservice
Global Ethics for Academic Engagement
The Global Ethics for Academic Engagement (GE4AE) is a community of academics and practitioners involved in international service learning and international public service. This is a forum designed to share principles and practices for academic social responsibilities in our local and global communities. The GE4AE is an initiative of Dr. Marco Tavanti emerged from values of academic social responsibility (ASR) and the shared concern for ethical cross-border higher education. As shared by the International Associations of Higher Education and expressed by UNESCI, cross-border education should strive to contribute to the broader economic, social, and cultural well-being of communities. This community emerges as response to the need of establishing a stakeholder dialogue for the formation of global ethical principle for academic engagement and global social responsibility. Read more at the GE4AE community site.
Global Cafe for Global Citizenship
The Global Cafe initiative is designed to be both a teaching moment and an international engagement initiative. Selected key organizations, academics and practitioners engage in critical and constructive debates on fair trade, anti-human trafficking, women empowerment, micro-finance, sustainable development and other issues relevant to global citizens, . These reflections and discussions are designed to be a forum for learning, getting involved and planning a career to make a difference. In collaboration with faculty, alumni and students of the International Public Service involved in the World Engagement Institute and other key organizations working on these areas, the Global Cafe initiative is an open quarterly forum at DePaul University's School of Public Service in Chicago. Interested participants can freely register in the Google + public community that provides useful informations, resources and connections on these issues. Registered participant can also access and participate in the Google Hangout and Hangout on Air (HOA) of the debate even from other parts of the world. Request to participate to this free and engaging global citizenship initiative HERE. Read more about the initiative at http://www.weinstitute.org/globalcafe.html