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Rhode Island School of Design

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2 College St
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 454-6100
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School Information
"Rhode Island School of Design is a private, nonprofit college founded in Providence, RI in 1877—making it one of the first art and design schools in the US. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world are engaged in liberal arts studies and rigorous, studio-based learning at RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”), where they earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in 21 majors. Each year more than 5,800 children and adults also access our specialized studio facilities through RISD|CE courses. The university employs over 610 faculty. (Source:
General Information
Rhode Island School of Design has taken steps to fund the teaching of critical race theory. Despite having a $50,000,000 deficit, the school will be hiring 10 professors "specializing in race, decolonization, and cultural representation". The exact courses taught by the incoming faculty are yet to be announced. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • As part of its "2022-2023 Progress," RISD states that it has "[c]ontinued to increase racial diversity among incoming students."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As part of its winter-spring 2023 "Progress Highlights," the Human Resources department "scheduled a three-month leadership development program for managers designed to incorporate and improve inclusive leadership competencies into daily work practices."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school has a website that showcases a record of their accountability to anti-racism with expanded curriculum and diversity through the seven-year strategic plan.
  • Regarding its curriculum, RISD's 2020-2027 Strategic Plan states that in order to "help students become civically and ethically engaged in building more democratic and equitable societies," the school is "enriching both curricular and cocurricular opportunities by adding a range of global and underrepresented artistic and cultural voices."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • As part of its "2022-2023 Progress," RISD reported that "all Student Conduct Board members [began] engaging in bias and discrimination training as a component of all board training."
Program and Research Funding
  • Despite a $50,000,000 deficit, the school will be hiring 10 professors "specializing in race, decolonization, and cultural representation".
  • The Teaching and Learning Lab at RISD "offers interactive faculty workshops and development opportunities that support the Center's mission to cultivate inclusive and innovative curricula and pedagogies." The Lab's programs include "Decolonized Curricula" which "[explores] the ways in which institutionalized knowledge is shaped by systemic power hierarchies, and/or engage marginalized and indigenous forms of knowledge."
  • The Center for Social Equity and Inclusion at RISD "supports various initiatives aimed at engaging and addressing issues of social equity and inclusion on our campus and serves as a central hub for cross-institutional collaboration for faculty-centered initiatives."
  • RISD's 2020-2027 Strategic Plan states that it would "[c]ontribute to the decolonization of our disciplines and fields of study."
Last updated December 13th, 2023
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