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Learning and Development

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Development Programs

RISD provides a curriculum of professional, management, technical and personal development programs to encourage and promote lifelong learning among staff members. Offered through Human Resources, these courses help you meet the challenges of your current job and prepare for future opportunities.

Review the current open sessions and prepare an individual education plan to further your success at RISD. By committing to continuous learning, you support RISD in providing the highest quality instruction in visual art, design, architecture and art education.

Current Training Opportunities

RISD Learns/RIHETC Professional Development Programs

RISD Learns/RIHETC have recently announced the spring 2023 curriculum of professional development programs, which includes sessions related to performance management, effective communication, building high performing teams, and more. To view full session details and to register, click here.


The following webinars, offered in partnership with our providers at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Coastline EAP, and TIAA are free and are intended for all RISD faculty and staff as we continue to provide programming that promotes holistic growth and development.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) Wellness Wednesday Webinars

Family Health – August 9 | noon-12:30 p.m.
Getting healthy as a family has been shown to have many benefits. In this webinar participants will learn why family health is important, discuss benefits of engaging in healthy choices as a family, learn simple steps you can take as a family to reduce risks of obesity and chronic disease, and discuss how to overcome obstacles to achieving family health. Click here to register.

Gratitude for Wellbeing – September 13 | noon-12:30 p.m.
In this session we will define gratitude and the benefits and effects it can have in one’s life. Understanding mindfulness and how it connects with gratitude will help us to create a more positive attitude, mood, and overall healthier and happier life. Click here to register.

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Coastline EAP Webinars

Coastline EAP, RISD’s employee assistance program provider, offers a monthly series of live wellness sessions focused on self-care. Topics include meditation, yoga, journaling and more.

Additionally, participants enjoy access to 150-plus on-demand webinars and 50-plus certificate courses.

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TIAA Virtual Consultations and Upcoming Webinars

Consult with a financial advisor

Consider meeting with a financial professional (either on the phone or online) who can look at your current financial situation, speak with you about your goals, and help create a plan to get there. Your TIAA advisor can evaluate whether your portfolio is built to weather market storms or needs shoring up to continue meeting your objectives.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your TIAA financial consultant, please call 800-732-8353 on weekdays between 8:00 am–8:00 pm, or visit TIAA.org/schedulenow.


TIAA offers a number of free webinars each month to help you boost your financial know-how. View upcoming webinars and log in to register or to view upcoming webinars.