Rahuldeep
Singh

Details

Biography
Topics
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders
Education
Faculty/Staff Development
Human Rights
Immigration
Islamophobia
Leadership
Multiculturalism
Programs for High School Students
Racism/Racial Justice
Religion/Theology/Spirituality
Resiliency/Healing
Summer Institute Instructors
Violence-Prevention, Conflict Resolution

Dr. Rahuldeep Singh helps change agents imagine a better world, and equips them with the tools to build it. He advocates for equity and brings people of all backgrounds together to work for social justice. He can rock a crowd with a keynote address, or engage small workshops with transformative pedagogy.

 

As a lively and inspiring educator, Professor Singh has won multiple teaching awards for his intersectional approaches. He teaches a class on religion and hip-hop culture in addition to courses on Asian-American religions and ancient Asian spiritualities. Highly respected among his peers, Dr. Singh won his University’s inaugural award for research excellence and is a powerful voice for equity in higher education.

 

He has advocated for solidarity across boundaries in his writings for The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post. Oxford University Press published his translations of poetry, and he is currently writing a memoir about growing up as a racial and religious minority in Massachusetts. Dr. Singh recently pitched a television series about the underground spiritualities of Los Angeles, and hosts weekly conversations on social media with artists and activists who envision a more just world.

Testimonials
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for coming to Miami University. We thoroughly enjoyed you and appreciate the wisdom, knowledge, and experiences you shared with us. Not only did students gain insight and perspective on the topic of inteculturalism and interfaith, but our Faculty and Staff were rejuvenated and motivated by your talk at the lunch and learn. While, we still have work to do on our campuses and in this country, these are the talks that we cherish and NEED in order to do good work, be good colleagues, allies, and support systems for the students we serve. Thank you for making us think critically and push beyond our points of comforts! 
- Evelyn D. Covington, Orientation and Transition Programs, Miami University
This was such a powerful event for me. In all my years of schooling, this was the first time I met a Sikh-American professor in the liberal arts as a first-generation college student who happens to also be a Sikh woman. I know as a graduate student, orientation can be a very different experience from undergrad orientation but yesterday and today's event is what I needed to further let me know I'm on the right campus. 
— Graduate Student, Miami University
“His wit is sharp, his intellect is fierce, and his heart is generous and kind. I learn from him every time we speak.”
— DAVID DAULT, MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR AND RADIO HOST
“Dr. Gill helped our leadership trainees explore the concepts of service, community, and enacting the value of aiding others.”
— ANISHA SINGH, INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY ADVOCATE
“I always find myself moved and enriched by his words.”
— EBOO PATEL, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF THE INTERFAITH YOUTH CORE
“He inspires and challenges the minds and hearts of those around him in a way that benefits every organization he touches.”
— EVAN CLARK, FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT SPECTRUM EXPERIENCE LLC
“…. a public intellectual on the rise!”
— ANTHONY OCAMPO, PHD AUTHOR: LATINOS OF ASIA, HOW FILIPINO AMERICANS BREAK THE RULES OF RACE
“… caring, approachable, pretty hip I might add, and funny! The best of the best….”
— CINDY LEWIS, DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES

“Dr. Gill provided a very thought-provoking and informative session with a lot of to-do’s now that I’m back at my desk in Pennsylvania.  His depth of knowledge and generous spirit kept the attendees in rapt attention throughout our time together.”
MADELINE CANTU, PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
 

“As a first time visitor to the NCORE conference, Rahuldeep’s presentation on showcasing wins, finding resilience, and building avenues for self-care spoke to me more than other presentation I’ve experienced at any other higher-ed conference. He builds impactful connections for all audiences with nuanced conceptual frameworks that challenge existing viewpoints, and his inspirational outlook feels immediately apparent.”
- Florence Davies, Texas A&M University
 

"Please accept my heartfelt words of gratitude for Dr Gill's  exceptional Christensen Symposium lecture. He was so very engaging, insightful and accessible for our students. He truly is a gifted scholar and lecturer. I trust he sensed how the Augsburg community responded to him so positively."
— Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Executive Director, Christensen Center for Vocation, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN
 

"It was wonderful having you (Dr Gill) on our campus and thank you for all the energy you brought to us.  It was grand. You reached the student audience with power and authenticity."
- Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor for Religion and Vocation, Minneapolis MN

"The campus is still abuzz after yesterday's session with you!  I've heard from many folks that it was, in their opinion,  the best session they had heard in a very long time.  So, on behalf of many of my campus colleagues, thank you again for being with us!"
— Vicky L. Winters, Office of the President, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

“It was great to have Rahuldeep Gill on campus. Been getting so much positive feedback from students and staff alike! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!”
Rosalie Rodriguez, Director, Multicultural Student Services, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Bucknell University, PA
 

Speeches
Your Whiteness Is Killing Us: The Real Problem With "Fragility"
 
Bounce Back Better: What Resilience Means For Traumatized Bodies

The Struggle is Too Real: Cultivating a Spirit of Resilience in Times of Crisis


We are exhausted. The storms seem relentless. The work never ends. How do we continue to bring our best selves to the work we do for more just and equitable communities? In this workshop, participants will learn techniques to deepen their resilience and grow as agents for change in trying times. 
 
Building Your Team’s Intercultural Leadership Skills
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.” Five decades later, how do we balance the urgent needs of intercultural work while moving at an effective pace? This talk will inspire and equip your team to implement powerful strategies that can be adapted to your context.
Also covered:
  • Resilience over safety and bravery
  • Swing for the fences
  • Are you tired of the slow motion? How do you accelerate?
  • Go deep, not fast
 
Beyond Tolerance: Engaging Diverse Worldviews On Your Campus
Tolerance is not enough. Campuses need an organic philosophy on how to move from basic accommodations of diversity to true pluralism, where diversity of worldviews is valued and pursued. Having concrete strategies in place to help constituents work across differences ensures that diversity is not just a buzz-creating phrase, or something aspirational. This keynote address aims to empower constituents to turn diversity of perspectives into a catalyst for innovation and collaboration.
Also covered:
  • Applying campus mission and vision to diversity initiatives
  • Earning the trust and commitment of peers and administration
  • Learning strategies to operationalize diversity initiatives and improve campus culture

     
Creating Safe, Brave, and Resilient Spaces on Your Campus
Higher Ed professionals have been moving away from "safe space" in order to facilitate greater vulnerability and create social change. But brave spaces are not enough, either. This talk helps administrators, staff, faculty, and students rethink their space and social justice mission in order underscore a spirit of resilience.
Also covered:
  • reflect on experiences with bravery and safety
  • tie navigation of issues of public space to the campus mission
  • understand the biological, social, psychological, and emotional needs of learners
  • re-imagine the campus not just as a learning environment, but a dynamic workplace
 
Beyond the Choir: How Change Agents Can Spread Their Work
Advocates for social change need passion, but also the strategies to thrive for the long haul. This workshop will help participants reimagine the role of mentors in their work, and identify the resources available to them in their work. Administrators will learn how to take care of their change agents and support their work; change agents will learn how to demand more from administrators.
Also covered:
  • Engage the topics of "lean startup" methods for campus programming
  • Create checklists and master assessment strategies for targeted programming
  • Map assets and allies in campus ecosystems
  • Learn about practices for resilience

     
Dreaming a New World into Existence
The rich have more wealth than ever, and have been able to insulate themselves from crisis after crisis. Meanwhile, those who are the most oppressed bear the brunt of rapid global change. How do we organize for a better world for the people who most need it? How can we make sure we don’t slip back into our old ways? Dr. Gill equips audiences to create equitable spaces that build solidarity across lines of difference.
 
Media