Argentina: Hi/Low Tech
Eldorado, Argentina 2017

RISD Global advocates for cross-cultural learning and exchange as a way to strengthen creative agency. We shape opportunities for engagement with local communities and diverse traditions of making, and support initiatives to address the challenges, meanings, and relevance of art and design in a global context.

Seoul: Of House And Home
Seoul, South Korea 2019
Guyana: Art and Science of Biodiversity
Surama, Guyana 2014

RISD Global Snapshot: 2018-2019


Global Programs

RISD faculty led 20 short and long-term programs across Africa, Asia, Europe, and South & Central America.


Scholarships awarded

$156,605 given in need-based scholarships are available for all RISD Global programs.


Students participated in global learning programs

78% of the RISD and non-RISD students were undergrad, and 21% grad students.


Faculty members supported in leadership, research and teaching of global curriculum

Through grants, fellowships, and leadership of global learning programs.


Exchange Partner Schools

Student mobility across 43 leading art and design schools and universities across the world


RISD Sites

RISD in Rome, the Palazzetto Cenci, is home base for a range of teaching and learning experiences: RISD’s European Honors Program and Global Summer Studios.


New globally engaged partnered initiatives

That connect RISD with makers in Morocco, Portugal, and the Azores over multiple years and across numerous RISD departments.


Visiting Delegations

RISD hosted visitors ranging from academic partners, to prospective partners, representatives from NGOs, and members of the diplomatic community across the world.


Amount of Incoming Exchange students to RISD

Open to juniors and seniors for Fall or Spring Semester from our 43 partner schools.

Mission and Values

Our Values

RISD Global values:

  • Reciprocal exchanges of ideas and practices across cultures, borders and languages through dialogue, debate and immersive learning experiences.
  • Global engagements that broaden perspectives, decenter experiences and reframe assumptions.
  • Mobility that connects students, faculty and partners with diverse traditions of, and approaches to, making across the world.

Our Mission

To cultivate and elevate art and design discourse on campus and in the world, we promote and advocate for global literacy, learning and exchange by:

  • supporting, facilitating, and catalyzing faculty-initiated research and teaching
  • connecting with global partners to create opportunities for faculty research and teaching
  • advising students on global learning experiences and supporting them abroad
  • organizing exhibitions and colloquium on special topics
  • hosting international guests on campus

RISD Global's mission and work is in support of the RISD Strategic Plan NEXT: RISD 2020-2027.

The Global Team

Prior to joining RISD, Gwen was the Assistant Director of the International Program department at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, where she oversaw global research initiatives and projects, which included exchange programs, publications, and seminars.

Gwen holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY focusing on museums and globalism. Gwen has served on the International Committee for the College Art Association (CAA), International Council of Art 21, and is a member of AICAD’s Connectivity and Internationalization Committee.

She teaches courses that address global art history, and she actively chairs and presents on the topic at international conferences. Between 2010 and 2012, Gwen co-chaired a series of CAA conference panels on the historiography of global art histories; she is currently co-authoring a publication on the topic (Wiley Blackwell, 2019).

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She received her Master in Mass Communication and New Media in Bologna, Italy and during her career she built a solid international experience working through Europe, USA and Middle East, playing within multiple fields, from Advertisement to Architecture, to Higher Education and Journalism.

She served first as Project Manager of Partnership and Collaboration and then as Director of Entrepreneurship and Career at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) leading private design university in Italy. She managed projects and collaborations with Prada, Versace, Gucci, Ikea, Ferrari, McLaren, LG, Vogue, dealing with many others international brands and contributed in creating links between Industries and Academia.

During her last appointment in Qatar, Middle East, she helped a global renown Italian Architecture studio, Stefano Boeri Architects, to affirm its positioning within the Gulf Region. She also consulted for the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar for business matching event related to design field.

Valeria is directing all RISD programs, courses and activities happening off-campus. She's in charge to ensure the best international teaching and learning experiences for RISD Faculty and students.

Gillian holds an MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a BA in Anthropology and Nonviolence & Peace Studies from University of Rhode Island (URI).

Prior to joining RISD, Gillian lived in Fiji and Switzerland, and worked in support of the Department of State J-1 Work & Travel Program at the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) in Portland, Maine. Gillian also served on the board of Luethi-Peterson Camps (LPC, Inc.), an international children’s summer camp for international understanding. She has worked in secondary and post-secondary education, as an educator and administrator, since 2010.

Faculty Committees

Global Partners & Programs (GPP) Committee

The GPP Committee advises Academic Affairs in matters concerning planning and the development of policy for academic global activities at RISD.

The committee works towards:

  • Advocating for RISD’s global engagement among faculty and students.
  • Maintaining a clear view of the School’s academic global engagements.
  • Reviewing and making recommendations about new academic programs and partnerships primarily focused on global engagement.
  • Recommending ways to strengthen and create greater access to RISD global learning opportunities for both students and faculty.

In Academic Year 2020-2021, the Committee members include:

European Honors Program (EHP) Committee

The EHP Committee selects the Chief Critic, student participants, and critics. The committee also makes policy recommendations and advocates for EHP.

In Academic Year 2020-2021, the Committee members include: