How do we make things better: Influencing global supply chains 

Global Partners & Programs Committee at RISD, invite you to a special gathering on Thursday, April 17, in room 106 of the BEB,

with Richard Locke, the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

Where: Auditorium in RISD’s Bayard Ewing Building (BEB), 231 South Main Street

When:  6pm on April 17, 2014

What:  Richard Locke on “Influencing Global Supply Chains”

Why:   Under the large topic of “Ethical Making in a Global Context,”  the GPP Committee has developed a space for critical dialogue around global supply chains and what they mean for artists and designers today and of the future.

Richard Locke’s talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A with faculty from across RISD, probing how supply and manufacturing relates to their own disciplines. This session will be open to the entire RISD and Brown communities. Please encourage students, faculty and alumni to come. And here is an advance reading that will give a sense of what to expect at the talk!

Key Terms: Supply Chains, Choices, Ethical Making, Global Buyers & Suppliers, Sourcing Data, Field Research, and more….

Job Posting for EHP RA

European Honors Program alumni should check out this amazing opportunity to work as an RA for the program.  The job posting can be found on the RISD Careers website or via the following link:

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We are excited to announce an exceptional opportunity to study at RISD’s summer program in the heart of Rome with Nick De Pace, RISD Faculty and European Honors Program Chief Critic ’12.

RISD in ROME; Summer 2014 Mapping Foundations: An Uncanny Exploration of Rome + Its Environs

The course is now filling quickly. Student enrollment is on a first-come first-serve basis. Please visit for further information and to register. For questions, please write to Nick at: RavennaTour          RISD in Rome: European Honors Program (EHP) Since 1960, RISD has offered a select number of students the opportunity to spend a full semester (Fall or Spring) in Rome, immersed in a city- and studio-based independent study program. Join EHP alumni, faculty, and members of the GPP team to learn about this unique program and the opportunity to spend a full semester living and working among an interdisciplinary community of artists in the heart of Rome. EHP information sessions take place every Tuesday and Friday at 12 noon in Carr House conference room (1st floor, Carr House) from January 22 through March 3, 2014.  EHP applications are due to on March 3, 2014.  

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The purpose of the Global Partners and Programs office is to provide valuable services and support that enable the RISD community to address the challenges of art and design in a globalizing world. Our work embraces our commitment to cultural fluency and diversity.

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About Us

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.

imageCaroline 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.

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