Dr. Ram Baghat
Dr. Bhagat is currently a designer of culturally responsive curricula for urban science education programs. He served 30 years as a science teacher and department head with the Richmond Public Schools. He is an international conflict resolution trainer for the Richmond Peace Education Center (RPEC) and founder of the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP).
He is also co-founder and Artistic Director of Drums No Guns (DNG), a world percussion ensemble whose powerful musical imagery and prophetic spoken word inspires citizens of all ages and races. As a community arts leader and world percussionist, Dr. Bhagat is committed to healing emotional trauma through drumming, dance, and drama. His deep commitment to the prevention of gun violence and the social emotional health of African American and Latino male adolescents was triggered by the gun death of his younger brother.
Dr. Bhagat participated in the first international Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) training in Burundi, East Africa. HROC is a community based reconciliation program developed in Burundi and Rwanda to address trauma caused by violence, war, and genocide. He is currently involved in the Strategy for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) programs through Eastern Mennonite University and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
He has also developed a cross cultural collaboration between Afro-Brazilian artists in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil with artists, educators, social scientists, community organizers, cultural anthropologists, youth leaders, and healing practitioners.