Biography

Travis Tennessen, PhD, works in the Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied and taught about environmental history and community-based natural resource management. The Sarvodaya philosophy and movements have inspired his teaching and community organizing efforts, including the Community Engagement Fellows program he leads. Several years ago Travis gave a TEDx talk inspired by the Sri Lankan Sarvodaya movement entitled, "Creating Universities of Life." He served on the Sarvodaya USA board for several years, and now stays involved as a consultant.