“The event with Rais was wonderful! We had a great turnout and I really felt like he made a big impact on our audience everyone is telling me today how much they took away from the event. In this way, it’s a good feeling to know that our committee’s goals have been met. Rais himself is a great human being. It was a pleasure to get to know him, hear his story, and have him meet our students at Providence College. He was extremely kind and receptive to all our questions. We really appreciated how he took the time and effort to mold his speech to perfectly match the interests/needs of our organization.

~ Providence College


What a gift it was to have Rais Bhuiyan on campus! His remarkable story both inspires and challenges us all to live more generously by extending friendship and forgiveness to others.

~ University of Dubuque


“Everything went great with Rais’ visit. Our venue was packed and the video stream was viewed in 41 rooms across campus! Additionally, our survey feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we felt the event was very successful. Students and faculty, especially those who were unable to attend live, really enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Rais after the speech. Some great comments we received include: 
  • Excellent! POWERFUL! Thank you! What an amazing chance to be inspired.
  • Rais was very enlightening and gave a very groundbreaking speech! Thank you for inviting the American Red Cross to be a part of this event!
  • Thank you for bringing this interesting and engaging speaker. 
  • It was a very meaningful event.” ~ Lansing Community College

“I recently heard your story. I think it changed my life, my direction and ignited a fire in belly to speak about what you’re doing and how important it is for the world today. Your interview was life changing because of its’ profound message of forgiveness and love. Thank you so much.” 

~ Natalie Lynn Goff, CT

“In our world, which has lost its way, your actions are healing.” ~ L. Vanderpot, MA

“Your story brought me to tears. I am encouraged by your spirit of forgiveness and patience.”                                     ~ World Without Hate Website Reader, Calgary, Canada 

  “Thank you for coming to our class yesterday, I really appreciated hearing a story about racism from someone who experienced it firsthand. At first I couldn’t fathom why you would forgive the man that shot you, until I put myself into your shoes and realized that you can’t grow if you dwell on the past or accept your current situation. When you  mentioned the part of asking “why do they hate me” it reminded me of when I first moved to America from Saint Lucia, people picked on me for my physical differences. So, thank you for sharing your story and not acting like a victim even though you are.”

~ Cammie Emmanuel, CT