Cultural Competence, the Pathway to Equity in Education
The world is changing, and we must do more to prepare students not for our future, but for their future. In a global society dominated by technology, jobs and careers will likely no longer form the individual identities of future generations, but human and cultural connections will become increasingly important. Therefore, we must overcome unsubstantiated fears and implicit biases so that we not only educate every child fairly, but also help them defeat their own fears and biases while cultivating their curiosity. Only then can they become lifelong learners that can solve the world's problems and lead with cultural competence and a growth mindset.
Ravi's journey through life embodies personalized learning, lifelong learning, and cultural competence. Having been a brown student with an unpronounceable name enrolled in an elite and almost all-white public school system, he felt pushed to simultaneously pursue an education outside of school in order to achieve his dreams. Now, having lived those dreams and more, he aims to bring us closer to world peace by uniting people from almost every corner of the globe through cultural activities.
As the grand-nephew of India’s first prime minister, an entrepreneur before graduating high school, the former guitarist of 1997's pop-phenomenon Hanson, an aviator, a cultural diplomat on behalf of the US Department of State, and the founder of Ravi Unites Schools, Ravi takes educators on a captivating journey that expands the way they see the world, inspires meaningful actions, and offers techniques and tools to help themselves and their students become culturally competent. Moreover, his experience across cultures and generations offers valuable insight that will help recruit and retain teachers, and create a relevant education system through generational collaboration.
Attendees will leave with actionable takeaways that include:
Why Book Ravi Hutheesing?
Ravi Hutheesing is a cultural catalyst and global motivational/keynote speaker empowering businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. The first American born member of the family that created the world's largest democracy and governed it for over 40 years, Ravi is the grand-nephew of Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first Prime Minister), the nephew of Indira Gandhi (India's only female Prime Minister), and the cousin of Rajiv Gandhi (India's youngest Prime Minister).
Ravi began serving as a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State in 2015, giving presentations on entrepreneurship and youth leadership in Russia. In 2016, he went to Indonesia—the world's largest Muslim population—and created songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs that bridged the most severe cultural and religious divides, and in 2017, Ravi created similar programs in Iraq and Lebanon which included students from Mosul liberated from ISIS just three days earlier, and Syrians from the decimated city of Aleppo.
In 2018, he launched Ravi Unites Schools -an initiative fostering real-time audio-video interactions between student groups around the world.
For nearly a decade, Ravi has partnered with Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in India—a non-sectarian boarding school providing a holistic upbringing in a high quality educational setting for the poorest of the poor. Current graduates are employed by American Express, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, and others, and the school is the subject of the 2017 Netflix documentary series, Daughters of Destiny.
Ravi's worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the guitarist for triple Grammy nominee, Hanson, whose massive fan base of the earliest millennials catapulted him to the stages of the White House, Madison Square Garden, Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live. Simon & Schuster published his memoir, Dancin' with Hanson, and he has authored over a hundred articles for major magazines. He also spoke globally on behalf of the music industry, giving presentations for the National Association of Music Merchants in California (2004-2014), MusikMesse in Moscow (2014), and Music China in Shanghai (2014).
After getting his pilot's license in 2008, Ravi gave keynotes to the industry to help attract millennials and reverse the shrinking pilot population. He also created a niche market by performing concerts at air shows, becoming the spokesman for products targeting young pilots, and designing a signature model folding guitar specifically for pilots requiring portability.