Victim of Post-9/11 Shooting Spree & Peace Activist
Rais Bhuiyan, an American Muslim from Bangladesh, is an extraordinary individual with a powerful story. After serving as an air force pilot in Bangladesh, Rais moved to the United States in 1999 to study computer technology. Ten days after 9/11, Rais was the victim of a horrific hate crime. Shot in the face at point blank range by white supremacist, Mark Stroman, self-described “the Arab slayer,” Rais barely survived. Sadly, two other victims were killed. Stroman was sentenced to death; ten years later, Rais led an international campaign, fighting to save Stroman’s life. Read More >
Road to Forgiveness
Blessed are the Merciful
World Without Hate
The Courage to Forgive
"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:
"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. I also want to thank you for all of your help in the last few months planning this event. You've been extremely helpful and we definitely appreciate everything you've done. We'll definitely use APB for future speakers!"