In order to create a more racially just RISD, we must do more than simply combat racism where we find it. 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 President Somerson on July 15, 2020, which build upon our 2017 Social Equity and Inclusion Plan. Here we will add information about new commitments, track our progress and acknowledge work still to come.
Our commitment in action
New RISD First-Generation to College Pre-Orientation Program will offer a multifaceted experience for incoming students.
SEI Faculty Fellow Ernest A. Bryant III challenges students to find new meaning in the images that surround all of us.
SEI Fellow Jane’a Johnson studies violence, visual culture and how race is reflected in archives and museums.
Faculty, curators and librarians come together for a semester-long seminar on decolonization that builds on the institution’s commitment to advancing social equity and inclusion.
Since August 2019 RISD has raised $15 million to fund a new program that recruits and supports outstanding graduate students.
RISD launches a job search for no fewer than 10 new faculty members specializing in race, decolonization and cultural representation.
Director John W. Smith announces deaccession of Head of a King (Oba) and plans to bring needed focus to Native American art and design via New Americas Research Initiative.
The RISD community offers record-setting support for the college and its mission.
SEI Research Fellow Christopher Roberts examines Providence’s historical connections to slavery and colonialism and their impact on the present day.
New Executive Director of Integrated Health and Wellness Bob Samuels is building a culture that values physical and mental well-being.
As part of its commitment to address institutional racism and advance social equity, RISD is hiring 10 new faculty as part of a cluster hire initiative focused on race and decolonization in art and design.
The Boston Globe reports on RISD’s efforts to respond to activism, hire new faculty, boost diversity and return looted artifacts.
Increasing diversity on campus
student financial aid (2020/21)
incoming student diversity (undergraduate and graduate, 2020/21)
diverse faculty/staff candidate hires (2020)