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STAY Chat 3/18/21

March 18, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join STAY RVA as we come together on the third Thursday every month to discuss race and equity.



We are honored to be joined by Dr. Ram Bhagat for our STAY Chat this month on Thursday, March 18th at 8 pm ET! Dr. Bhagat is a longtime educator, arts innovator, and peacmaker with more than 30 years of experience as public school teacher. Currently, Dr. Bhagat is the Manager of School Culture and Climate Strategy and is developing a program called Massive Resilience: Transforming Historical Harms in Schools and Communities, which integrates arts based, trauma sensitive, mindfulness based, restorative practices in racially and economically segregated schools. Join us for this month for a discussion with Dr. Ram Bhagat on Massive Resilience.



Healing Community with Rhythm | Dr. Ram Bhagat | TEDxRVA

Dr. Ram Bhagat is an educator and artistic director of Drums No Guns. As an award-winning science teacher for 26 years, Ram stimulated the creative problem solving skills of Richmond City Schools students, integrating drumming, dance, and drama into the chemistry curriculum.
Mindfulness & Gardening with Beautiful RVA

“Most people, I think, want to resolve their conflicts in a healthy way,” he says, “Some people might not know how.” Learn about Bhagat’s work in the #RVA community and his vision for how to help troubled youth through mindfulness, connecting with the earth, and gardening.



A Guru for RPS?

Ram Bhagat is coming out of retirement to help steer RPS’ new task force in ‘restorative justice,’ but can this teacher and mender also help to heal the trauma brought about by centuries of pain and suffering handed down to a new generation?
What’s next in Ram Bhagat’s ‘epic’ life: ‘Massive Resilience’

“Massive Resilience” – a recoining of the phrase used for the anti-integration “Massive Resistance” laws enacted in Virginia in the 1950s following the Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision – the initiative “is designed to provide students with powerful tools for self-awareness, stress resilience and self-healing,” Bhagat said.



Supporting Together Area Youth RVA (STAY RVA) is a movement comprised of parents and neighbors who want to help Richmond’s local public schools thrive. We are a positive-minded, solution-oriented, action-based organization. We want you to be a part of STAY… STAY in the city, STAY committed, STAY open-minded. We want to build communities of support around every school and engage in honest conversations about why schools have not had the resources they need. We want to BECOME genuine community members who work to form relationships with all people.

Richmond is a dynamic city loved by many who call it home. We want to encourage people to STAY, put down roots, and get involved in their community by coming together in support of local schools. In order to be a first-class city, we must provide a first-class education for ALL students.

At the heart of who we are as a movement is a LOVE for humanity. There is a foundational belief that TOGETHER we can and should create a better way forward by supporting our local public schools.


What We Believe

  • We believe in the power of education and the limitless possibilities and potential for ALL children.
  • We know that the expertise and resources necessary to build a world-class school system exist in our community.
  • We recognize that racism plays a powerful part in the historic failure of our system to offer opportunity to children of color and that through building relationships in our communities and in our schools we can begin to dismantle the structural racism that continues to plague our community’s school system.
  • If a school is not “good enough” for my child then it is not good enough for anyone’s child and we are going to work to make sure that ALL schools are great for ALL of our kids.


March 18, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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