SEI Accountability

SEI student work by Erick Medel, MFA 18 Photography

We commit to an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive RISD

In order to create a more racially just RISD, we must be proactively anti-racist in principle and practice, and make consequential, scaled changes throughout the institution. What follows is a record of accountability to commitments announced by then-President Rosanne Somerson on July 15, 2020, which build upon our 2017 Social Equity and Inclusion Plan


Last update on progress: May 12, 2021

Our commitment in action

White Hawk Reflects on Resilience

The latest speaker in RISD’s Indigenous and First Nations Artist Series discusses her own abstract work honoring generations of strong Indigenous women.

US Museums Return African Bronzes Stolen in 19th Century

Sculpture of a West African king in RISD Museum’s collection for more than 70 years was among 31 culturally precious objects returned to Nigerian government.

Expanding Pedagogical Perspectives

RISD welcomes 13 new full-time faculty members, including a second cohort of Race in Art & Design hires.

Black Joy Matters

A SPUR-funded project by grad student Zoë Pulley presents positive images of Black people to counteract the negative imagery flooding the media.

RISD’s First Black Biennial Now on View

A month-long, student-curated exhibition brings together artists and designers of color from RISD and beyond to illuminate the diversity of the Black experience.

New Scholarships Boost Accessibility

RISD’s Continuing Education division partners with multiple nonprofits to support BIPOC youth interested in pursuing careers in art and design.

Expanded Support for First-Generation Students

New RISD First-Generation to College Pre-Orientation Program will offer a multifaceted experience for incoming students.​

You Belong Here

Three rising museum professionals help to make the RISD Museum a place where everyone feels welcome and represented.

RISD Establishes Center for Community Partnerships

New hub for community engagement will support and build upon existing initiatives and develop new opportunities for mutually beneficial relationships.

Increasing diversity on campus


student financial aid (2020/21)


incoming student diversity (undergraduate and graduate, 2020/21)


diverse faculty/staff candidate hires (2020)