Pre-Orientation Service Experience (POSE)

RISD Pre-Orientation Service Experience (P.O.S.E.) is a five-day intensive program for incoming freshmen to engage with the community around campus. P.O.S.E. exists to break the RISD bubble, the idea that students can become stuck in an inward-looking culture in college and become apathetic to the needs of the world around them. P.O.S.E. cultivates an interest in people and places outside of RISD, leading students into a rich college experience that involves active participation beyond RISD walls. The mission of P.O.S.E. is to continue a tradition of service integrated into RISD’s overall co-curricular culture. P.O.S.E. introduces students to long-term volunteer opportunities that exist both at RISD and in the local community. This program is a great chance for freshmen to meet new people, become exposed to Rhode Island right from the start of their college career, and make a true lasting impact on the local community.

Meet the 2018 POSE Leaders

Julie Benbassat Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Illustration
Year: Class of 2019 (Senior)

Hullo! My name is Julie Benbassat (she/her) and I'm a senior in Illustration who is so excited to meet all of you in POSE! I'm an avid tea drinker, nature admirer and lover of all things strange and round.

 

Benjamin Bergman
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Illustration
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hi, my name is Benji (he/him). I’m a sophomore in illustration. My hobbies include playing the guitar and reading comics. During foundation year, I dressed up as a robot and a cardboard knight. I also learned how to juggle. 

 

Reilly Blum

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Furniture
Year: Class of 2019 (Senior)

Hi I’m Reilly! I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m a junior studying furniture design, but I do a lot of work with textiles and I’m a little bit obsessed with ceramics. In my “spare” “time” I’m involved with RISD’s Global Initiative and a joint RISD-Brown exhibition program called Discover, but more importantly, I’m a Leo and my favorite snack is radishes on buttered toast. Requisite fun fact: I <3 economics podcasts :~)

 

Emi ChunPronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Painting
Year: Class of 2019 (Senior)

I’m a constantly sleepy person that watches too much TV, interested in healing and spiritual/relationship guidance through love reading and tarot. Sun in Gemini, Moon in Aquarius and Scorpio Ascendant ;)

 

Katie Fliegel

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Painting
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

💟🌻💐 Katie Fliegel is a rising sophomore in painting. This is her second year in POSE but first year as a POSE leader. She enjoys nature/her garden, comics, patterns and her four dogs (she owns lots of photos so just ask).  

 

Aubrey "Greenie" GreenawaltPronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Graphic Design
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hi! I'm Aubrey "Greenie" Greenawalt and I'm an incoming sophmore in graphic design with an NCSS (nature-culture-sustainability studies) concentration. I enjoy drinking excessive amounts of tea, and spilling it when the occasion calls for such matters. My hobbies include photographing people, as well as places and things. I'm a noun gal what can I say. 

 

Rory Hernandez-Romero
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Graphic Design
Year: Class of 2020 (Junior)

Whats up homies, Im super into film, photography, and graphic design. I also love rock climbing, surfing, all the plants ever, and making grilled cheeses in bulk. I am absolutely terrified of olives and you can straight up throw one at me and i will run away so fast. Once I pet three dogs at once, that was really cool. Also one time I was walking around an abandoned chocolate factory in Massachusetts with a friend and a family of deer 4 approached us for no reason, and we almost made friends with them except ya know they were deer so. I plan on sky diving one day, or wingsuit basejumping (IF YOUVE NEVER HEARD OF IT, ASK ME) as I really want to fly like a bird. 

 

OIivia HuangPronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Textiles
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hello! My name is Olivia Huang (she/her/hers) and I'm a sophomore in textiles. In my free time I like to doodle, look at colors, and jam with friends. I'm also in Oral Fixation, RISD's appropriately-named a cappella group. Very excited to meet you all!

 

Michelle LuPronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Graphic Design
Year: Class of 2019 (Senior)

Michelle Lu (she/her) has lived in many different places including Pennsylvania, Shanghai, and Singapore. She is currently pursuing Graphic Design and will be starting her senior year this fall. Although she is a bit camera-shy, silly photos are her passion. More often than not, you’ll find her pulling a face or photo-bombing a picture rather than taking a time to pose for one. She also loves exchanging wacky personal experiences and would love to share her own plethora of stories. She also adores animation.

 

Tommy Maing

Pronouns: He/Him/His/Her/Hers/She
Major: Apparel Design
Year: Class of 2019 (Senior)

Hi I’m Tommy Maing. You read my name, and now you may want to read some info about me. I’m a Junior in Apparel Design after taking a gap year for some time to myself. Basically, I am a Socialite ExtraIntroverted Drag Queen Gaming Designer Extraordinaire ;)

 

Piper MatthewsPronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Architecture
Year: Class of 2020 (Junior)

Hi I'm Piper Matthew and I use he/him/his pronouns :) First and foremost I'm a rising Junior in Architecture and a leader for the annual Discover Exhibition. I really care about the environment and regenerative design on the individual, town and city scale. I also really love having plants, I treasure my 9-year-old Christmas cactus which was my first plant child. Now I have 18 plant children and one of my favorites is my fern Bernard, he is so lush!

 

Abby MitchellPronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Major: Glass
Year: Class of 2020 (Junior)

Hello and welcome to RISD! My name is Abby and I’m a junior in glass with a concentration in Gender, Sexuality, and Race. I’ve done POSE and LACE, and have also been a part of Phonathon and Risdio. I can’t wait to meet all you POSErs! Let’s compare birth charts ^-^

 

Sam Northcut
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Printmaking
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hey y’all! My name is Sam Northcut, my pronouns are he/him/his, and I’m a sophomore in Printmaking. My hobbies include drinking milk for fun, going to the gym just to stretch, and napping under my weighted blanket. I was involved in MLK day of service ‘18, Alternative Spring Break ‘18, and was a POSEr like you last year. I’m also a teacher for the Brown aerial arts society. Wacky facts about me: I pretty much only wear Birkenstocks and I was a body double in a Bollywood movie for a 1 sec scene for some reason. Welcome to Providence and welcome to RISD.

 

Zak Nguyen

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Painting (with a Textiles Interdisciplinary Study Option)
Year: Class of 2019 (Senior)

hey bb's and welcome to RISD ✨💖✨💖✨!! I'm zak, and i'll be a senior this yr so ur all in luck bc u get to meet me b4 i leave and hear my imparting advice 😉. i'm an aries, i love knitting, i'm a glitter enthusiast, and my favorite snack is toasted bread with sriracha and Maggi soy sauce. at RISD, i'm a core committee member of RISD Asian Intersections + Diaspora (RAID) and i'm the former president of Vietnamese Students Association (VSA). some weird/wacky but cool things i've done: my boyfriend took me on a $15,000 trip to the maldives after he won a prize from Wix last summer and it was basically everything you'd expect in a honeymoon, and I've also had an art show in NYC with Yoko Ono for a Frieze week fair haha it was wild. 

 

Natalie RiveraPronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Film/Animation/Video
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hello!! Welcome to RISD! I’m Natalie Rivera and I am a rising sophomore in FAV. My pronouns are she/her/hers! I am on the animation track in FAV because I love watching animated things and hope to create my own animated series in the future 🌟I am a Communications Officer in the Student Alliance. And addition to watching animated stuff, I love to bake (mainly cookies and pies) and spend time with my two nieces and my three dogs ( one is a grumpy old lady and the other two are big puppies).

Fun fact: I am the Mom Friend™. My emotional intelligence game is strong.
Weird fact: I passionately hate the smell of raw bell peppers. It puts me in a bitter mood.
Additional fact bc y not?: My favorite meme song is Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley bc it’s an iconic bop.

Derek Russell

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Film/Animation/Video
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hi I'm Derek Russell (he/him), a sophomore in Film/Animation/Video with a concentration in Nature, Culture, and Sustainability! I am also a tutor at the Center for Arts & Language (so make sure you come and see me)! I thoroughly enjoy sleeping and hiking, but only when I have time for them.

Fun fact: To this day my sister is convinced that I am an alien that replaced her real brother 👽

Zach Simon

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Illustration
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hallo! My name is Zachary Simon (he, him, his) and I'm a sophomore in illustration. I'm an introverted nerd who doesn't word well, unless it's quoting the randomest things. A member of concept art club, and work at the met, so say hey if you see me. Animation is my passion, but also into video games, stage crew-ing, and getting lost walking everywhere. Once my friends and I played zucchini ball, roasted the remains over a fire, put it in wrapping paper, and left in a basketball court, if that tells you anything about me.

 

Sruti Suryanarayanan


Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Major: Furniture
Year: Class of 2019 (Senior)

Sruti Suryanarayanan is a senior (omg!) in the Furniture Design Department, concentrating in Regional Studies of South & Southeast Asia. An avid fan of RISD's club scene, they work closely with VISIONS Magazine and Global Initiative, along with folks all over College Hill. If you need to find Sruti, try printing and posting color-coded spreadsheets, or making creme brûlée in the metal shop -- they are sure to come running! Sruti has been with POSE since their freshman year, and is beyond excited to welcome you in kicking off the year with one last POSE hurrah.

 

Kimberly Wang
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs and She/Her/Hers
Major: Illustration
Year: Class of 2020 (junior)

Kimberly Wang is junior in illustration who loves comics, video games, and raising plants. Despite killing their first two succulents freshman year, they are now slowly amassing a collection of living green friends! Kim has been part of POSE for two years now and is so excited to meet you all this summer :)


Liviah Yeaw

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Textiles
Year: Class of 2021 (Sophomore)

Hey kids! I'm Liv! I'm a sophomore in textiles and I'm from Warwick RI, right around the corner. I had 7 jobs over the summer and I am so excited and you should also be exited probably. Um... what else... I have 2 cats, okay and i named them after my favorite vegetable, bell and pepper. I'm a bit of an actor and I do a ton of accents so, you can ask me about those when I meet you kiddos!! 

See you soon!