RISD Student Alliance

RISD Student Alliance


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This fundraiser ends TONIGHT! Please donate and share!

This is an emergency fund for low-income students at The Rhode Island School of Design affected by school closure and the COVID-19 epidemic. We are currently accepting Google forms from RISD students in need requesting emergency financial help and will be posting digitized money transfers from all donations collected. We currently have over 1,000 signatures and counting on our petition "Petition for the Partial Refund of Tuition and Fees," in which we are asking the institution for partial tuition refund to compensate for the loss of access to studio space as well as any related lab or equipment fees. While it will be a great victory for students if we get reimbursed for fees we will not be utilizing, we understand that students who rely solely on financial aid will NOT be receiving a significant or any monetary refunds to support their transition to working and living remotely. Unfortunately, the institution has not yet addressed how to support low-income students in this transition. We hope that we as a community and student body can help our peers that need financial help, the help they deserve and need. Thank you.

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We are looking for more students interested in forms of identity (race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, religion, etc.) and how they intersect with systems of education to enroll in one or more of our Winter Session Workshops!

IDISC-1501: Dynamics of Identity, January 5 - 7, 2018
IDISC-1502: Radical Pedagogies, January 19 - 21, 2018
IDISC-1503: Shared Governance, February 2 - 4, 2018
I will be teaching a winter session class on identity and pedagogy. We are looking for more students (undergraduate, graduate, Brown, RISD) to join one or more of the following workshops/seminar/studios!

UN-SILENCING THE CANON: How race, class, gender, and other forms of identity can radicalize art and design education.

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Offering three 1-credit workshop-seminars that complicate, antagonize, and problematize the curriculum:

Week 1 | Dynamics of Identity | January 5 - 7, 2018 | IDISC-1501
Week 2 | Radical Pedagogies | January 19 - 21, 2018 | IDISC-1502
Week 3 | Shared Governance | February 2 - 4, 2018 | IDISC-1503

These workshop will challenge conventional notions of diversity: the harmonious ensemble of benign cultural spheres of undisruptive spaces. Instead, the course asserts radical and antagonistic educational strategies for dealing with the old guard of art and design education. Designed as an intensive workshop-seminar, this course connects students with theoretical texts, faculty, and visiting artists-designers to build student coalition for creating more diverse, inclusive and equitable curriculum. Students will reflect on personal experiences and convictions that have shaped their personal and academic experiences and examine the potential for them to shape RISD's pedagogy. Over the three-week span of Wintersession, students can choose to participate in individual sessions (1-credit each, Pass/Fail) The weekly themes outlined are: Dynamics of Identity, Radical Pedagogies, and Shared Governance. Each workshop spans two days (20 hours), launching with a Friday evening lecture and round table discussion 6:00PM to 9:00PM with selected faculty, alums and guests. The following Saturday and Sunday, students will engage in a studio led by the instructor and visiting guest(s) ending with a closing critique on Sunday afternoon, 9:00AM to 5:30PM. Readings will be distributed the week prior to class.

Faculty: Malcolm Rio (SMArchS, Urbanism, MIT)

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Friday, January 5, 2018
6:30 PM, RISD Design Center Commons
• Shedia Solemani, Artist
• Cecilia Rio, Faculty, Towson University, Department of Women & Gender Studies
• Kenda Mutongi, MIT MLK Scholar, MIT, Dept. of History

Friday, January 19, 2018
6:30 PM, RISD Design Center Commons
• Debora Oberlil, President, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD
• Emmanuel Admassu, Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Architecture
• Elon Cook, Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences
• Garnette Cadogan, MIT MLK Scholar, MIT, Dept. of Urban Studies

Friday, February 2, 2018
6:30 PM, RISD Design Center Commons
• Rafael Sergio Smith, IDEO.org
• Thomas Gardner, MICA Social Design
• Emily Waltington, MIT List Arts Curatorial Fellow
• Michelle Charest, Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, History of Art + Visual Culture

The Student Alliance is a platform that represents all student voices in order to facilitate and adv

The Alliance is a platform that represents all student voices in order to facilitate and advocate ideas and solutions within the RISD community. Executive Committee (2017/2018):

Vaughan Carman, President
Tasnima Tanzim, Vice President
Alyssa Colon, Treasurer
Dan Mitrovic, Secretary
Ishaan Bose Verma, Public Relations
Enrico Giori, Public Relations

Operating as usual

Photos from RISD Student Alliance's post 11/15/2021

🟣 INTRODUCING: Open Studios 2021! 🟣

✅ Please view the link in our bio or the email to find specific details and times for each major!

SAT 11/20 -- Fine Arts night
SUN 11/21 -- Design night

We're happy to be hosting a fully in-person Open Studios for students especially freshman to check out different departments to help them choose a major.

RISD campus is translated into a metro map with each studio building marked as a stop along a line corresponding to the road they are on. Use the RISD metro map to navigate studios!

Please share and send to anyone interested!



Please continue filling out the surveys linked in our bio to contribute your questions and concerns about Health Services and Public Safety.

Join us in person in Prov-Wash Auditorium or on zoom.

Tuesday 10/26 at 7:00PM


💟 Fill out the google forms survey linked in the email or in our BIO. This is for our upcoming town hall on October 26 where we'll address all of your survey responses!

Photos from RISD Student Alliance's post 09/24/2021


Vote NOW thru involved.risd.edu!


Voting closes Thursday 9/30

Photos from RISD Student Alliance's post 11/06/2020

Hello again with more Open Studio info!!
All Google Form sign up links are in the Open Studio Catalog sent to your email. The Open Studios Catalog is THE DOCUMENT— Everything you need to know is right there :-)



The Student Alliance is RISD's official undergraduate student government -- your voice is needed! Log into Involved to vote: https://involved.risd.edu/submitter/election/start/444245

Wishing the best to all the candidates! The Alliance appreciates your involvement, and we extend this gratitude to the general student body. We hope to continue hearing from you all throughout the year – Good luck!

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To the RISD Community:

In the midst of our sudden transition due to the global impact of COVID-19, many members of our RISD community have come together in order to create helpful resources and petitions for change in order to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of our members together.

The Student Alliance has compiled the following links into a single location on this Google Document in order to help reach those of you who may not be as active on other shared channels through which these links are also circulating.

This list is based on what we have personally seen and heard from those around us.
If you are aware of additional resources, please reach out to us so that we may include them in further updates of this list.

We continue to wish you all the best and hope you all stay safe and strong.


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last chance nominations for next year's RISD Student Alliance, including Executive Committee members and Department Representatives !!! WOOHOO 2019-2020 Student Alliance Elections, nominations close March 29th

follow the link here : https://goo.gl/forms/DDQB300B5yToIDmf1


Hi everyone! We are now accepting nominations for next year's RISD Student Alliance, including Executive Committee members and Department Representatives !!! WOOHOO 2019-2020 Student Alliance Elections

follow the link here : https://goo.gl/forms/DDQB300B5yToIDmf1


Join RISD Dining tonight for the premiere of Project Runway, where one of our own is competing! We are rooting for you Jamall ~~

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Reminder! We have an Open Form // A place for suggestions, concerns and/or affirmations of your RISD experience. What's on your mind that we should think about at Student Alliance meetings?

share with us! we don't know what we don't know

accounts.google.com Create a new survey on your own or with others at the same time. Choose from a variety of survey types and analyze results in Google Forms. Free from Google.


Excited for RISD Quickies comeback!!

The sign up to attend a student/staff/faculty-led workshop will be released this upcoming week!

Check out our website for updates and sign up at http://csi.risd.edu/org/risdquickies/home

(RISD Faculty, Staff, and Students at Brown need to contact [email protected] to inquire about availability)


Rhode Island School of Design


This semester’s Open Studios event was a night of positivity, free snacks and fun—a chance to connect (and reconnect) with friends in different departments, checking out mind-blowing work across campus.


✨ Thank you to all of those who came out to Open Studios tonight! A particular thank you to the Textiles, FAV, Industrial Design, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Painting reps for their hard work that made this event possible! Tune in tomorrow 6:30PM-9PM for Part 2 of Open Studios! ✨


Nothing like a forecast to get you to the polls! If we helped you fill out an absentee ballot make sure to send it out TODAY (the postmark has to be before election day to be counted in most states), and if you are registered to vote in RI make sure to go to the polls tomorrow (we will help you fight teachers if they do not let you leave class if you have it)


Republicans have a 5 in 6 chance of keeping control of the Senate, while Democrats have about a 1 in 6 chance of winning control of the Senate. 53eig.ht/senate


Open Studio Department Schedule+ Map


RISD Student Alliance's cover photo


Come to Open Studios on Thursday, Nov. 8th & Friday the 9th @ 6:30-9pm! We got free goods and free food! Come eat snacks! Collect department stickers! Check out the work students are doing and learn more about the other departments at RISD. The time for some inter-departmental fun is finally here!

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We want to share two important resources for those who are able to vote: If you still haven't requested your absentee ballot you can do so here: https://turbovote.org/ and if you believe you have been a target of voter suppression (absentee ballot taking too long, denied registration) go to https://campaignlegal.org/ !!! If you have any questions about voting still, don't hesitate to reach out.

turbovote.org TurboVote makes voting easy. Receive election reminders, get registered to vote, & apply for your absentee ballot!


Photos from RISD Student Alliance's post


RISD Student Affairs

Everyone has a role to play in creating a culture of health and wellbeing at RISD. Stop by Carr House on Friday, October 12th from 11 am-12 pm to learn more about the Student Health Collaborative, an initiative to bring together students, faculty, and staff to engage in dialogue and take action to improve campus health through outreach and education. Join the Collaborative by signing up here >>> https://goo.gl/K6eX4V


The Alliance Executive Committee is proud to be representing RISD Students this Academic Year. The Alliance's Student Welcome Letter, sent to all students today, contains important updates regarding The Alliance's agenda for the year, as well as the first Alliance Town Hall, scheduled for September 26th.


The Alliance is proud to welcome our Class of 2022 International and POSE Students to campus today!
Photo by David O'Connor


The Executive Committee would like to thank all those who attended our Town Hall tonight. Meeting minutes, slides and additional resources will be emailed to all students in the following days. If you wish to provide comments, feedback or questions, please feel free to email [email protected].

livestream.com 03/01/2018

Roxane Gay: RISD 2018 MLK Keynote and Honoree by Rhode Island School of Design

An evening with Roxane Gay: RISD 2018 MLK Keynote. Friday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the RISD Auditorium. Reservations for Gay’s talk are at full capacity, but you can watch live via Livestream.

livestream.com Watch Rhode Island School of Design's Roxane Gay: RISD 2018 MLK Keynote and Honoree on Livestream.com. risd.edu/mlk


✨ Class of 2021: It's MAJOR DECLARATION TIME! ✨
Major Declaration will happen on WebAdvisor starting this week. Please refer to the instructions sent to you by EFS and the Registrar. If you have any questions, get in touch with your Advisor, EFS ([email protected]) or the Registrar ([email protected]).

news.brown.edu 02/16/2018

#MeToo leader urges focus on systems, not celebrities, to confront sexual violence

The Alliance would like to share this article from Brown University's News section covering February 14th's event with Tarana Burke: : What’s next in healing and activism.

news.brown.edu Four months after the movement she originated gained global visibility, Tarana Burke spoke to a Brown and RISD crowd about the realities of supporting survivors and interrupting sexual violence.

✨ Meet Your Major 2018  ✨ 02/01/2018

✨ Tonight! 6:30PM-8:30PM! Met Rooms A, B and C! ✨


Class of 2021: Come meet ALL OF RISD's MAJORS on Tuesday from 6:30PM to 8:30PM in Met Rooms A, B and C!

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