Human Resources at
Rhode Island School of Design

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Serving RISD’s Greatest Resource

Our faculty and staff are vital to RISD’s mission to provide an exceptional art and design education and museum experience. RISD Human Resources works with campus partners to create an engaging work environment that attracts and supports our diverse, talented community of professionals. We provide benefits, programs and services that enhance the employee experience and empower community members to grow their careers, build lasting connections and contribute to RISD in meaningful ways.

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Important Updates


Join colleagues from colleges and universities across Rhode Island for virtual learning opportunities.

RISD Partners with New EAP Provider: Coastline EAP

Starting April 1, 2022, RISD has partnered with a new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider: Coastline EAP. Local to Rhode Island, Coastline EAP has been providing high-quality services for more than 30 years.

Updated Respect in the Workplace Policy

RISD recently published its updated Respect in the Workplace policy. The expanded policy more fully articulates the need for a respectful workplace, and also provides examples of respectful and disrespectful behavior, as well as practical options for addressing concerning interactions.

2021-2022 End-Of-Year Conversations to Begin May 1

While traditionally RISD begins its End-of-Year Performance Conversations in March, the 2021-2022 End-of-Year Conversation process has been delayed to May 1, 2022 (May through June timeline).

Introducing President Crystal Williams

President Crystal Williams

RISD Welcomes its 18th President

President Williams joined our community on April 1, 2022. Learn more about President-Elect Williams and how her evolving path in higher education, the arts and advocacy for justice, equity and inclusion has led her to the RISD presidency.

Upcoming Events

May 18 | noon-12:30 p.m.
Slow Breathing to Ease Stress with Coastline EAP

Slow breathing is a simple yet powerful technique that can help you to manage your stress and improve your health. Research has show that it is just as effective as meditation and mindfulness at easing stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, many people report that it’s much easier to learn than meditation or mindfulness. So join us and find out what slow breathing can do for you.

May 25 | noon-12:30 p.m.
Chair Yoga with Coastline EAP

Learn the benefits of practicing self-care and the importance of Do you have tension in your neck, shoulders, lower back and wrists? If so, this gentle sequence of stretching and breathing at your desk will help you to undo much of the tension that builds up throughout the day. You do not need any special equipment other than a chair to participate.

View all upcoming webinars and events for RISD faculty and staff.

HR at Work Stories

Moving Within: Meet Eric Hanson

You may recognize Eric from seeing him around campus. A longtime friend and colleague of the RISD community, Eric was recently promoted to Project Manager for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP), Contracts, Fire, and Life Safety with RISD Facilities. 

Introducing Dayna Kingsland

Last month, RISD Human Resources welcomed our new Compensation and HRIS Analyst Dayna Kingsland to our team! Dayna has worked in Human Resources for the past 11 years, most recently at Meeting Street where she served as their Talent Acquisition Specialist.

Read more in our Community Stories and Updates feed.