In January the Presidential Engagement and Introductory Committee was asked to identify ways for incoming President Williams to meet and learn from the community about RISD, its culture and its needs. The group formed subcommittees focused on four groups: students, faculty, staff and the broader community (including alumni, donors, community partners and peer institutions).
In March the committee concluded its work. It recommended to President Williams that she begin her time at RISD with welcome and introductory events for the whole community, followed by focused time with students and faculty this spring before many depart campus. Once the academic year ends, the committee recommended that the president then focus on connecting with staff and our extended community off campus.