Community Service at RISD

RISD Community Service promotes increased connections between the campus and the greater local and global communities. In conjunction with CSI, the office supports leadership and engagement opportunities that extend out to the community.

The office facilitates and coordinates community service programs that are centered on the ideas of awareness, collaboration, action, learning, and development. Community Service supports large-scale events and programs like Alternative Spring Break, MLK Day of Service, and the Leadership and Community Engagement Fellowship.

RISD Community Service is also responsible for building and improving relationships with area non-profits and community organizations through student placement and ongoing communication. The overall goal of the Community Service Office at RISD is to connect the campus with the community in ways that will be relevant, impactful, mutually beneficial, and in line with the college's mission to "make lasting contributions to a global society.”

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Community Liaison

Student Community Liaisons (CL) act as the bridge between the RISD Community Service office and a local community organization by supporting collaborations between RISD and the partner organization. CL placement sites include AS220, CityArts for Youth, and the Mt. Hope Learning Center. This is a 10 hour/week work-study position. Applications for the 2015-2016 Academic Year closed September 20, 2015. 

LACE Fellowship

The Leadership & Community Engagement [LACE] Fellowshipenhances academic and co-curricular experiences through both experiential learning and opportunities for personal and professional development. After completing a 300-hour community service requirement and other complementary activities, fellows receive a $1,200 education award. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply by Sunday, September 27.

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