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A graduate of RISD herself, designer and educator Rosanne Somerson is poised to lead the college in creating exciting new knowledge and approaches to a world that doesn’t yet exist.
It’s something of a natural evolution for RISD, where an emphasis on immersive studio-based learning infused with liberal arts studies offers a unique education in critical thinking and hands-on making. Ours is a model for higher education that is especially relevant to 21st-century needs for innovation, agility and process-driven problem solving.
Urged to experiment, take risks and accept failure as an important part of the learning process, RISD students graduate with an entrepreneurial spark and the confidence to embrace uncertainty, develop their ideas and shape their own future.
As a former faculty member and the first alumna to become president of RISD, Rosanne Somerson is ideally positioned to leverage the power of art, design and studio practice in both imagining and making a better future.