RISD Alumni
January 2022

Welcome to the Alumni Association Newsletter—sharing the latest RISD news and updates from our alumni community.

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Introducing RISD’s 18th President

Following a year-long international search, the RISD Board of Trustees announced in December the appointment of Crystal Williams as RISD's next president. President-Elect Williams comes to RISD after more than two decades in higher education and brings with her a strong conviction in the critical role art and design play in shaping our world. She is a creative, an educator and an advocate for social justice, equity and inclusion. President-Elect Williams' qualities and expertise make her the leader, collaborator and community builder needed to take RISD into the future.

Get to know President-Elect Williams

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Call for nominations

Do you know an alumni who exemplifies RISD’s core values and positively impacts their communities? Nominate them for an Alumni Association Award! The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2022.

Make a nomination
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RISD Spring B’Reykjavík

May 1–8, 2022

Join fellow RISD alumni from across the country at the fourteenth annual DesignMarch festival in beautiful Reykjavik, Iceland. Don’t miss out! The deadline to book is February 1, 2022.

Book your trip!
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Alumni Club of Canada Launch

January 24, 2022
8:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm PT
Online via Zoom


Our RISD’s Alumni communities continue to grow. We invite all alumni to join us for networking and community building as we celebrate the launch of the Alumni Club of Canada!

RSVP + celebrate with us
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2022 MLK Series
Each year RISD presents community programming in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., bringing advocates for justice and equality to campus to reinforce our commitment to public engagement. This year’s keynote featured author, educator, and political commentator, Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Watch this year's Keynote
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Forbes Recognizes Trailblazers
Forbes Magazine recently named four RISD alumni to its 30 Under 30 list for 2022. Kate Pincus-Whitney MFA 20 PT, Nicole Xu 16 IL, Tara Gupta 19 FAV and Caspar Nagel 18 ID bring the total number of 30 Under 30 honorees who attended RISD to 49.
Meet this year's 30 Under 30
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Reunion Weekend 2022

Commencement + Reunion Weekend
June 2–5, 2022

We can’t wait to celebrate with YOU, our 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s, 6s and 7s class members, as we welcome you back for an activity-filled and family-friendly weekend on our beloved RISD Campus.

Make plans!
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Alumni Offer Inspiring Advice
RISD Career Center’s Mindshare series offers students real-world advice and guidance from recent alumni on everything from making a positive impact in your community to launching an innovative business.
Find out more
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Share some love (and art)!
The Alumni Clubs of Boston, New York and Los Angeles invite you to join alumni nationwide for our Valentine Snail Mail Art Exchange! See the link below for details on how to get involved. The deadline for participation is January 25, 2022.
Join the fun
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Alumni awarded Interlace grants
The Interlace Grant Fund has recognized the work of Adam Chuong MID 19, Lois Harada 10 PR, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson 08 FAV and Mariana Ramos Ortiz MFA 21 PR. Interlace is a Providence-area resource supporting new and experimental projects by artists whose work tends to fall outside traditional arts funding opportunities.
Read about their work

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