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May 2021

Dear Alumni

Although beloved spaces such as the RISD Museum and Tillinghast Place remain closed to the public, we look forward to the possibility of a return to in-person activities in the coming months. Despite having to adapt to many unexpected and abrupt changes, our RISD community continues to shine. Faculty and students are meeting the challenges presented by new teaching and learning methods. Our Alumni Clubs and Affinity Groups are embracing online and hybrid programs to expand engagement, as alumni unable to attend in-person events now have the opportunity to join us virtually from across the globe.

As we continue to embrace positive change, I am excited to share that my fellow RISD Club of Hong Kong co-founder Rex Wong BArch 03 will become the new RISD Alumni Association President on July 1, 2021. It has been an honor to serve as your president for the past three years. Please join me in welcoming and supporting Rex as he leads our work going forward.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to RISD alumni for working so diligently to strengthen our community and support our students. As I have been saying for a long time, “RISD stands for the Reason I Still Dream.”

Sincerely,Donald Choi signature

Donald Choi BArch 82 P 07
RISD Alumni Association

Lina Sergie Attar
Honoring alumni  
As Commencement 2021 approaches, we look forward to recognizing alumni who have manifested RISD’s core values and positively impacted their communities. While we were unable to celebrate the 2020 Alumni Awardees Kara Walker MFA 94 PT/PR, Jon Key 13 GD, Rodolphe el-Khoury BArch 86 and Lina Sergie Attar MArch 01 in-person, they have graciously accepted the honor and offered thoughts on how RISD has had an impact on their work.
Asian Diaspora Virtual Gathering
RISD Asian Diaspora (RAD)
Virtual Mixer
TONIGHT | 7:00 pm

RAD is a student-lead organization that strives to create a space of belonging and support for an inclusive and intersectional breadth of Asian identities and give artists a chance to gain insight, talk and collaborate with one another. This is its first alumni and student virtual mixer event and is hosted by group leader Caius Chew 21 SC.

Interested in joining an Asian alumni affinity group?
Let us know.

Metcalf Building exterior
Updating a core teaching facility
A generous $4 million gift jumpstarts the highest priority renovation in RISD’s Campus Master Plan. The iconic Jesse Metcalf Building is located in the heart of campus and houses a third of the college’s departments—Ceramics, Furniture Design, Glass, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Sculpture and Textiles. Metcalf supports the deep connections between art, design and industrial production, a founding mission of the institution.
Learn more
RISD Commencement 2021
Celebrating our new alumni
Commencement is less than a month away. The June 5 livestream of the event provides a unique opportunity for alumni across the globe to virtually gather in support and celebration as we welcome our graduating seniors, the newest members of the RISD Alumni Association.
Commencement 2021
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Documenting RISD student activism
Starting in Fall 2021 a fully-funded graduate research assistantship will support ongoing research and discovery to document past activism at RISD. This is a key part of a wider initiative begun by risdARC to preserve and amplify RISD’s history of student activism, including recent Black- and BIPOC-led movements. We encourage all alumni to share their work and contribute to this important project.
Share your story
Work by Jacquelynn Woodley Perkins featured on risdMade
RISDmade, our guide to alumni makers + designers with their own online shops, has greatly expanded since its launch in 2017, and now features the work of over 430 alumni from across the globe working in a vast array of media. Find out more about eligibility and submit your site.
Shop + Support
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Back to campus
RISD is currently planning for two possible scenarios for Fall 2021. Encouraged by positive trends in vaccinations the college is hopeful for a “nearly normal” fall semester with a “vaccine failure” option in place. Decisions continue to be guided by community health and safety, academic integrity, and financial viability.
Stay updated
Gabrielle Bullock
You won’t want to miss this!
There are many great Alumni Club + Affinity Group Events coming up in the next month. Don’t miss out on any of these wonderful opportunities to connect with your fellow RISD Alumni.
Upcoming events
Correction: In our April newsletter we incorrectly spelled the last name of 2021 honorary degree recipient, Pulitzer Prize winner, playwright and screenwriter, Lynn Nottage.

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