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RISD to Hire 10 Professors Focused on Race

November 9, 2020
 
 

Rhode Island School of Design plans to hire 10 faculty members focused on race, decolonization and cultural representation, Artnet News reported.

RISD, which is facing a $50 million deficit due to COVID-19, received an anonymous gift that will pay for the first five years of the professors’ salaries. RISD is currently conducting a search, and the 10 new professors are set to be hired in time for next fall.

“In order to create a more racially just RISD, we must do more than simply combat racism where we find it,” RISD president Rosanne Somerson told Artnet News. “We must be proactively anti-racist in principle and practice, and make consequential, scaled changes throughout the institution.”

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