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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

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.

Five Questions: Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab

A brief interview with one of RISD’s Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.

Five Questions: Jacqueline Shaw

A brief interview with one of RISD’s recently hired Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.

Five Questions: Naimah Pétigny

A brief interview with one of RISD’s recently hired Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.

Five Questions: Derrick Woods-Morrow

A brief interview with one of RISD’s recently hired Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.

Five Questions: Mariela Yeregui

A brief interview with RISD’s recently hired Schiller Family Associate Professor in Race in Art and Design.

Five Questions: Jess Myers 

A brief interview with the assistant professor of Architecture and member of RISD’s Race in Art and Design cluster hire.

Five Questions: Christopher Roberts 

A brief interview with one of RISD’s recently hired Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.

Five Questions: Jameka Hartley

A brief interview with one of RISD’s recently hired Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.

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.​

Increasing diversity on campus

↑23%

student financial aid (2020/21)

38%

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

42%

diverse faculty/staff candidate hires (2020)