RISD Alumni Newsletter
September 2022

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Join us for Inauguration Weekend, October 7 & 8!

Celebrate the inauguration of President Crystal Williams with a weekend of public events and a symposium centered on the theme of New Space(s). Beginning with the historic investiture of RISD’s 18th president, the weekend includes an opening keynote conversation with artist Shahzia Sikander MFA 95 PR/PT, architect Michael Maltzan BArch 85 P 24 and producer Ilene Chaiken 79 GD P 18, New Space(s) Inauguration Symposium panels, and a closing keynote converstion between author, anti-racist scholar and activist Ibram X. Kendi and President Crystal Williams.

The full schedule of events also features Open Studios, a special Friday night WaterFire, alumni favorite RISD Craft and faculty and student installations responding to the New Space(s) theme.

Learn more and RSVP

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RISD in Your City

RISD President Crystal Williams is coming to your city! The alumni clubs of Boston, LA and San Francisco are hosting events for you to meet President Williams and hear some of the latest campus updates.

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Volunteer for Portfolio Reviews

RISD Admissions is looking for alumni volunteers who can review on behalf of RISD during their in-person and virtual National Portfolio Review Days this fall. Alumni reviewers will receive $25/hour.

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RISD Alumni Labs

Alumni Labs is working to bring together the largest interconnected hub of RISD alumni around topics and goals that are important to you! Be prepared for the 2023 launch and check out our new webpage as we continue to create Alumni Labs together!

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RISD Network

Make the most of your alumni benefits and connect with alumni across the globe through our exclusive online community. Join over 3,000 active members and build your personal and professional connections with RISD alumni and current students.

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Welcome Class of 2026

This week, 484 undergraduate and 201 graduate students from around the world flocked to campus to mark the beginning of a new academic year. New student orientation included a welcome from President Crystal Williams, a convocation event featuring poetry and more.

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Alumni Travel Spotlight: Iceland

April 30–May 7, 2023

Join RISD alumni for a once-in-a-lifetime immersion in Icelandic design and culture. Explore the creative approach to life flourishing amid Iceland’s stunning volcanic landscape and dive into DesignMarch, Reykjavík’s lively annual design week.

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Opening Doors

Project Open Door students were back on campus this summer. Local high school students participated in enhanced programming built on RISD’s relationship with the Steel Yard and funded by a Community Collaboration Grant through RISD’s Center for Community Partnerships.

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Restoring the Blackstone River

With the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Emily Vogler and Northeastern University Assistant Professor José R. Menéndez MFA 17 GD are tackling issues affecting the Blackstone River.

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Making a Difference

What do the Tomaquag Museum, the president of Ghana, the Taiwan Youth Association for Transitional Justice and the environmental organization Green Ethiopia have in common? They all benefited this summer from the creative thinking and fresh ideas of this year’s Maharam STEAM Fellows.


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Image credit: Boston by Jacob Licht on Unsplash; RISD Network by Jennifer Hale 93 PH; Welcome Class of 2026 by Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH; Alumni Travel by Onward Travel; Opening Doors by Isabel Roberts/RISD Media; Restoring the Blackstone River by Stefanie Covino from the Blackstone Watershed Collaborative; Making a Difference courtesy of Derek Russell BArch 22.

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