Contacts + Staff

Student Affairs at Rhode Island School of Design provides opportunities for all students to develop personally, socially and intellectually. In support of the academic mission, we foster the skills engaged citizens need for success and achievement. We create active learning environments that support students' co-curricular experience. Our programming and services reflect the values of community, inclusiveness, responsibility, leadership and well-being.

The Office of Student Affairs serves as a general advocate for all RISD students. In other words, we are the people to turn to when you have financial aid concerns, need to take a leave or withdraw from RISD, or when you're not quite sure whom to ask about your particular need.

  • Maggie Balch

    Maggie Balch

    Dean of Student Affairs
    BA | Pennsylvania State University
    MA | University of Connecticut
    401 454-6655

  • Julie Talbutt

    Julie Talbutt

    Associate Director of Student Affairs Services
    BA | Macalester College
    MAT | Rhode Island College
    401 454-6467

  • Phil Oliveira

    Phil Oliveira

    Coordinator of Student Conduct and Compliance
    BFAs | University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    401 454-6653

  • Christine MacDonald

    Christine MacDonald

    Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs
    BA | University of Rhode Island
    401 454-6434


For all general inquiries or to request Leave of Absence/Withdrawal paperwork, please email us at or call
401 454-6600 to make an appointment with our staff.

For information on Orientation, please visit or email

For information on Commencement, please visit or email

Furniture Design students walk along the riverfront, carrying their projects to class.