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Welcoming President Williams


The RISD community came together in early October to celebrate President Crystal Williams with a two-day symposium, open studios, RISD Craft art sale and more. The campus-wide festivities began with an outdoor investiture ceremony featuring remarks by RISD trustees, alumni, staff, faculty members and students as well as visiting delegates from other colleges and universities.
As the weekend progressed, visitors were invited to listen in on brilliant panel discussions making up the New Space(s) Symposium, including a closing talk with MacArthur Award-winning antiracism author/scholar Ibram X. Kendi. They also enjoyed open studios hosted by departments across campus and an evening block party with ambience provided by a special WaterFire lighting. The weekend would not have been possible without the generous help of dozens of staff volunteers.

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