The Global Partners and Programs office advises students on RISD study abroad and international education options, including Exchange with 75 colleges in 25 countries; AICAD Mobility, European Honors Program and Wintersession Travel. GPP assists students with specialized international grant applications, including the Gilman and Boren scholarships, and supports incoming exchange students. GPP supports the development of faculty-led short term travel.
Carr House Room 303/304 / Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Phone: 401-454-6725 /Fax: 401-454-6755
About the GPP Staff:
Gwen Farrelly is the Director of Global Partners & Programs. In this role, she works with the faculty, academic administration, and staff to envision, represent, and realize an international strategy for the college that creates external opportunities for students and faculty that continue to develop and deepen RISD’s role globally. Prior to joining RISD, Gwen was the Assistant Director of the International Program department at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, where she oversaw global research initiatives and projects, which included exchange programs, publications, and seminars. From 2005-2007, Gwen was the Landau Fellow for Education at MoMA and organized public programs and symposia to accompany the exhibitions On-Site: New Architecture in Spain and Dada, and the Feminist Future symposium, and curated the exhibition Spaces for Learning at The Museum of Modern Art: 1929-1969 (2007). Gwen is currently a PhD student at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she specializes in post-1960s art history in a global context. She also holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin. She serves on the International Committee for the College Art Association and International Council of Art 21.
Gregory Dillon is the Global Partners and Programs Coordinator. Originally from New York, Gregory studied at the University of Connecticut where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. Pursuing an interest in Afro-Brazilian culture, Gregory worked in Brazil for two years at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. During this period, he was awarded certification as an instructor of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian heritage. Following his return to the United States, he pursued his interests in Brazilian culture at UMass Dartmouth, where he completed his master’s degree. Gregory is now pursuing a career in the field of international education and study abroad, and is specifically interested in this work in the context of an art and design school.
Caroline Schaefer is the Global Learning Advisor. Most recently, Caroline has worked at Road Scholar in downtown Boston managing and creating international travel programs for locations all around the globe. Prior to Road Scholar Caroline worked at Wheaton College and Brandeis University with both study abroad and international students. Caroline studied at Wheaton College where she double majored in Hispanic Studies/European History and minored in Latin American studies. While at Wheaton she had the opportunity to study abroad in Cordoba, Spain for a semester. One of her fondest memories was being able to walk past “La Mezquita” on her way to classes in the old quarter at La Universidad de Cordoba. As a child Caroline lived in Puerto Rico and Uruguay, so she is fluent in Spanish and loves speaking it whenever possible. Caroline also holds an MA of Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.