RISD Anti-Racism Coalition (risdARC) is dedicated to combating our institution’s prolonged history of anti-Blackness, marginalization, and discrimination along with the intersections of global systems of oppression affecting our community. We support and advocate for the needs of all students of color regardless of ethnicity, race, disability, gender, or sexuality.








Response of Textiles Department


Date:
July 15 2020

Written By:
Mary Anne Friel, Assosciate Prof
Anais Missakian, Department Head

Sent to:
RISD & Race Forum Speakers
The textile faculty is grateful to you and your collaborators, Lauryn Levette. Felicita Devlin, Afi Gonclaves, Aya Alghanmeh, Sara Park, Ezzy Gonclaves, Mary Kuan, Nailah Golden, Lauren Rausaw, Natyana Fonseca, Rey Londres, Leslie Ponce-Díaz, Soleil Singh, Elaine Lopez, Stephan Foster, Pooja Nitturkar, Namrata Dhore, Taj Richardson and Cullen Dirgins for demanding we listen and do something. Your collective demands along with our own students’ created an opportunity for reflection on our responsibility to take  action on breaking patterns of marginalization and lack of full support for our Black students and other students of color.

Attached is the RISD Textile Department Anti-Racist Commitment and Plan of Action.


Sincerely,
Mary Anne 


View PDF Document Here.



Date:
June 29 2020

Written By:
Mary Anne Friel, Assosciate Prof
Anais Missakian, Department Head

Sent to:
RISD Textile Students

Dear Textile Department Students,

In response to events leading to country wide protests against anti-Blackness, Textile students and alumni have worked to bring concerns specific to their experience in the RISD Textile Department to the faculty, in an effort to open a dialogue and initiate substantial change in addressing anti-Blackness and racism in our community. 

We appreciate the courage and efforts of our students to bring these critical and timely concerns as articulated in the  attached letter. We acknowledge the change that needs to take place at the department and take full accountability for initiating, implementing and supporting necessary change.

As outgoing and incoming Department Heads we are working on clear action steps to open up further discussion on how we all can work as a community to accomplish our shared goals where everyone, especially our Black students and students of color are supported, safe, heard and seen on their own terms.

We will keep everyone informed as next steps are established. Please look for an email containing our Department specific planning document by mid-July.

Sincerely,
Mary Anne and Anais