Rhode Island School of Design (RISD or the College) seeks an Ombudsperson to further our vision of creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community by providing independent, confidential, neutral and informal resources for students, faculty and staff who have concerns arising from or affecting their work and studies at RISD. In this inaugural role, the Ombudsperson will informally work within the institution to listen to concerns, promote equitable resolutions, provide information and referral services and serve as an organizational resource to promote conflict management skills and provide insight into patterns of concerns that are operating within the institution.
Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning-an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.
RISD’s mission incorporates artistic and scholarly achievement with social impact, and the institution has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 27,000 alumni.
The College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
The goal of the Ombudsperson is to improve the understanding and management of policy and procedures while fostering an environment of equitable and respectful treatment for the students, faculty and staff of the College. As a designated neutral party, the Ombudsperson does not take sides or advocate on behalf of anyone or with respect to any concern, nor decide cases. Rather, the Ombudsperson is an advocate for fairness who seeks to promote a climate and processes in which individuals are treated equitably and with dignity and respect.