On Thursday, April 6, Mr. Rais Bhuiyan, Founder of World Without Hate, joined The Williams School community for a day of discussing compassion, forgiveness and empathy. During the morning he met with both middle school students and upper school students in separate assemblies where he discussed his story of being the victim of a post-9/11 hate crime. His message to both groups focused on digging deep to find forgiveness and empathy for those around us, even when it seems like all hope is lost or counterintuitive.
After his presentations he joined the PSA (Political, Social Justice, Awareness) Club for some one-on-one question and answer time and then headed to our Criminals in Literature and Advanced Spanish classes. There, he was able to go in to more depth in his story and answer questions from students. Mr. Bhuiyan is the subject of a book entitled The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas. The book has recently been made into a feature length Hollywood film as well.
During the evening, Mr. Bhuiyan was the featured speaker during our Williams School Speaker Series. He presented to adult members of our community as well as guests from around Connecticut. Rais' examples and embodiment of forgiveness were inspiring to the adults in the room (as well as to our students earlier in the day). We are grateful to have had the opportunity for Mr. Rais Bhuiyan to come to campus and share his personal story of empathy.