Public Engagement update
Public engagement expands and deepen opportunities for students and faculty to learn about, participate in, contribute to, and inspire consequential work of artists, designers, and scholars, the public realm through research, service initiatives, projects, and programs in local, national, and international settings. Public Engagement at RISD is now led by the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and is guided by a Public Engagement Action Group with membership of faculty, students, and staff from Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, the RISD Career Center, the RISD Museum of Art, Project Open Door, Rhode Island Campus Compact, VISTA workers, and undergraduate and graduate student representatives and a Community Service Coordinator and a Public Engagement Post-Graduate Fellow. The mission of the Public Engagement Action Group is to ensure that that RISD continues to develop and realize its role in the world as a site of responsible innovation and ethical engagement.
The goal is not to centralize the work, but to assist and support faculty, students, and alumni in their efforts to connect art, design, research, and scholarship with the public sphere – locally and globally. The Public Engagement Action Group will provide information via a new web-site on co-curricular public service opportunities (students’ organizations, service and volunteer opportunities), academic and curricular opportunities (courses, travel courses, sited courses, partnered studios with non-profit organizations, lectures, symposia) as other pathways for community-engaged service, projects, and partnerships. The Public Engagement Action Group will also work closely with student organizations, including the Student Alliance, Graduate Student Alliance, and RespondDesign. RISD has established an institutional membership in Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship and practice integrating the humanities, arts, and design, to more connect its work within an expansive national dialogue on public and civic engagement.
Public Engagement Action Group in development
Patricia C. Phillips, Dean, Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sarah Ganz, Director of Museum Education, RISD Museum of Art (email@example.com)
Maggie Balch, Dean of Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paul Sproll, Department Head, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and Director of Project Open Door
Kevin Jankowski, Director, RISD Career Center
Carrie Hertzberg, Executive Director, Rhode Island Campus Compact (email@example.com)
Kristin Read, Associate Director, Rhode Island Campus Compact, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andrew Jacques, Community Service Coordinator (email@example.com)
Josephine Sittenfeld, Project Open Door Post-Graduate Fellow
Joshua Lantzy, Public Engagement Post-Graduate Fellow
Adrienne Adeyemi, VISTA/Public Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rachel Stern, VISTA/Project Open Door
Please contact Patti Phillips if you’d like to participate.