Culture of Inclusivity

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a creative community and integral to an art and design education. Just as the studio environment fosters curiosity, flexibility, empathy, imagination and progressive thinking, these are values the RISD community shares across the board. As a global community, RISD strives to:

  •  create and sustain inclusive perspectives and practices
  •  embrace and celebrate differences in its campus community
  •  attract, develop and retain a diverse population of students, faculty and staff
  •  engage with our ever-changing communities in meaningful ways


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Each of us has a story to tell. The RISDiversity: Community Narratives Project gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to inspire others through their stories. 

Diversity Steering Committee

Candace Baer
Vice President of Human Resources 
401 454-6426

Mara Hermano
Chief of Staff/Associate Vice President, Planning + Effectiveness
401 454-6336

Anthony Johnson
Director of Intercultural Student Engagement
401 454-6638

The façade of the Chace Center, a new multipurpose hub that opened
in 2008, offers an interesting contrast to the historic campus
buildings that surround it.