Our Mission

RISD Global Initiative (GI) is a student-run organization on a mission to make RISD a home to creative global leaders.

Global Initiative strives to build well-rounded local, global and RISD citizens through strategically designed events and cross-campus collaboration with clubs, offices, and departments.

Originally founded by Leah Chung in 2013, we are in our 5th year and are still growing and evolving. 

Meet Us


Sruti Suryanarayanan
Furniture 2019

Dan Mitrovic
Furniture Design 2020

Grace Oh
Illustration / Industrial Design 2020

Adam Hunt Fertig
Furniture BRDD 2019

Sam Northcut

Printmaking 2021

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Sophie Weston Chien Architecture 2020 | President

Emma Werowinski Textiles 2018 | President

Riley Embler Glass 2018 | President, GI Responds

Laura Bejarano Printmaking 2017 | Eat the World Coordinator

Jeffrey Hsueh Illustration 2017 | Eat the World Coordinator

Lucy Crelli Apparel 2017 | President

Mariam Quraishi Illustration 2015 | President

Leah Chung Industrial Design 2014 | Founder, President